WHEATLAND — Alburnett’s deep attack kept things close early, but the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team’s dominance inside eventually won out in Thursday’s make-up contest between the two squads.
The visiting Pirates scored 18 of their 23 first-half points on three-pointers, but had no answer for the Warriors’ success inside the arc.
Cal-Wheat grabbed 12 offensive rebounds — to the Pirates’ three — made nearly half of their two-point attempts, and scored 24 points in the paint in a 53-45 victory.
Half of those points inside the lane came in the deciding third quarter as freshman Kahlie Hill and senior Alison Boeckmann helped the Warriors break things open.
The two players combined for all 16 of the Warriors’ points in the stanza with Hill, at one point, scoring 10 straight, helping turn a three-point lead (34-31) into an eight-point advantage (44-36) at the start of the fourth.
Alburnett got back within six on two occasions in the fourth, but Cal-Wheat answered both times, including a final five-point push — an Emily Boeckmann lay-up and Addy Widel three-pointer — that put the game out of reach.
The Pirates opened the game with the first of their six first-half threes and led 5-0 before Cal-Wheat took its first lead — the Warriors would never lose it — with a 9-0 run.
Hill got things rolling with a three-point play and A. Boeckmann and E. Boeckmann both added hoops before Widel capped things off with jumper.
The Warriors led by as many as nine points in the first half, but also had that advantage shrink to just two in the second quarter before a Widel three created the five-point halftime margin.
Hill’s big third quarter helped her pour in a career-high 19 points and the freshman added nine rebounds and three assists.
Widel added 16 points, while A. Boeckmann gave the Warriors three players in double figures with 12 to go with a team-high 11 rebounds.
E. Boeckmann was the only Cal-Wheat player to score with six points and she matched that with six assists and five steals.
It was the third game four days for the Warriors, who opened and closed their busy week with make-up games.
On Monday, Cal-Wheat welcomed Tri-Rivers West foe Central City for a cross-divisional meeting.
Up by as many as seven points in the first half, the Warriors saw their lead erased completely in the third quarter.
Now, it was Cal-Wheat’s time to rally and the hosts did, limiting the Wildcats to just two points over the final eight minutes to surge back for a 41-34 victory.
Widel (10 points), A. Boeckmann (12) and Hill (10) again led the charge on the offensive end, combining for 32 points. Boeckmann pulled down 13 rebounds as well for a double-double, while Camryn Schnede had both three steals and three assists.
A night later, a cold shooting night caught up to Cal-Wheat in a visit to Marquette Catholic.
The Warriors made just over 20 percent of their shots from the field and came up empty behind the three-point line allowing the Mohawks to take a 39-33 victories.
Cal-Wheat made up for some of its shooting woes by going 13-of-17 at the foul line, including a perfect 7-of-7 for Hill, who paced the Warriors with 13 points, while grabbing seven rebounds.
A. Boeckmann had eight points and matched them with eight rebounds and three steals, while Widel had six points and three assists and Aubrey Connelly four points.