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1/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Midland uses big third quarter to knock off Cal-Wheat girls
A cold shooting second half proved to be the downfall of the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team during a Big East road contest with Midland, Friday night.

Within 14 points at halftime, the Warriors were only able to notch three field goals during the final two quarters, which allowed the Eagles to pull away for a 60-30 victory.

Midland led 32-18 at the half and then seized control of the game during the first three minutes of the third quarter as the Eagles went on a 10-2 run that made it 42-20.

The hosts ended up scoring 22 points in the third quarter alone and Cal-Wheat went into the fourth quarter trailing by 31.

The Warriors ended up outscoring Midland 7-6 in the final quarter of play (thanks to a combined five free throws by McKenna Luepker and Jaelyn Diercks), but Midland's big third quarter created a large enough cushion.

Early on, the game was dominated by defense as the two teams sat tied at 2-2 at the midway point of the first quarter.

It was the Eagles, though, who were able to get their offense going first and Midland exploded for 17 points in the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 19-6 lead into the second quarter.

The two defenses took over again in the early stages of the second quarter, as each team was only able to score four points in the first half of the period.

Things picked up again late in the stanza, but this time the Warriors would not let Midland get away.

The Eagles did score nine points during the final four minutes of the period, but Cal-Wheat was right behind them with eight to stay within 14 at halftime.

The Warriors got a big game from Luepker, who accounted for nearly half of Cal-Wheat's scoring output with 13 points.

Abbie Moellenbeck added five points for the Warriors (three coming at the free throw line) with Stephanie Petersen collecting four (all in the first half).

Four Warriors - Megan Slattery, Tessa Kauffman, Diercks and Bailey Moellenbeck - finished off Cal-Wheat's scoring with two points apiece.

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