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|Warriors drop weekend games with Marquette, Camanche|
By Ross Eberhart
A pair of slow starts proved costly for the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team during a pair of Big East games with Marquette and Camanche this past weekend.
The Warriors were limited to just four first half points during a road game with the Mohawks on Friday before being held to eight in a home battle with the Indians on Saturday.
Cal-Wheat found more offensive success in the second half, but by then the deficit was too great as the Warriors fell to Marquette 56-18 and Camanche 58-21.
The visiting rims were definitely unkind to the Warriors during the first half of Friday's game with the Mohawks, as Cal-Wheat notched just one field goal in the first two quarters.
The Warriors were able to knock down free throws with McKenna Luepker and Abbie Moellenbeck both making single freebies.
Cal-Wheat, though, was not able to find the bottom of the net on a regular shot until Stephanie Petersen scored inside with just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The Mohawks were more than happy to take advantage of the Warriors' lull and at halftime it was 35-4.
Cal-Wheat did not have to wait as long to get its first field goal of the second half as they scored right away in the third quarter.
It was the beginning of a 12-point quarter for the Warriors, who got buckets from Becca VanderHeiden, Moellenbeck and Luepker (who scored twice). VanderHeiden added a free throw as well, while Moellenbeck drained a three-pointer.
Cal-Wheat ended up outscoring Marquette 12-9 during the quarter to make it 44-16 headed to the fourth.
The Warriors, though, had trouble scoring again in the fourth with a bucket by Nina Cray being Cal-Wheat's only points in the quarter as Marquette finished off the win.
Moellenbeck led the way for the Warriors with six points, while Luepker added five and VanderHeiden three.
The Indians opened their game with the Warriors by scoring 10-straight points before Cal-Wheat got on the board with a field goal.
The Warriors tacked on another field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, but Camanche still led 19-4 heading to the second quarter.
Both teams had trouble finding the mark to start the second quarter and two minutes ticked off with the Indians still up 15.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was Camanche who broke the stalemate as the visitors struck for seven-straight points.
The Warriors broke through with a bucket of their own and then added another, but trailed 32-8 at the break.
Four different Cal-Wheat players contributed the team's eight points with VanderHeiden, Luepker, Moellenbeck and Ramsie O'Neill all draining shots.
Cal-Wheat got its offense rolling in the third quarter, matching its first half output in the period with eight points.
It helped that the Warriors got three-points from both VanderHeiden (who converted a three-point play) and O'Neill (who made a three-pointer).
Moellenbeck added two free throws of her own for Cal-Wheat, who trailed 49-16 heading to the fourth.
Another Warrior cold spell in the fourth quarter created the final margin as Cal-Wheat notched five points (Cray converted a three-point play, while Megan Slattery added a hoop of her own) in the period.
VanderHeiden and O'Neill led the way for the Warriors with five points apiece, while Moellenbeck chipped in four points and Cray three.
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