WAPELLO — In its postseason opener, the Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team rode a hot start to a big victory.
Thursday night, the Warriors found themselves on the opposite side of that same scenario.
Taking on Wapello in a 1A District 7 semifinal, Cal-Wheat ran into an Indians squad that made nearly 60 percent of its shots and buried six three-pointers.
Wapello did most of its damage early, scoring a game-high 23 points in the opening stanza, while limiting the Warriors to just six points during the same stretch to build a lead that would never waver in the Indians’ 71-38 victory.
The Warriors worked to keep pace early and hoops by Kaden Schnede and Seth Beuthien had them within four early.
Wapello, though, would close the opening quarter with a 15-2 run — a pair of Austin Henning free throws were the only Cal-Wheat points — to put the visitors in a big hole.
Each time the Warriors tried to start climbing out of that hole during the second quarter, the Indians had an answer: Connor Scheer and Schnede both had buckets during a 4-2 start to the stanza, but Wapello scored the game’s next six points; Schnede ended that run and Henning added his own hoop, but the Indians reeled off five straight before a Henning buzzer-beating three made it 38-17 at the half.
The Warriors had their best offensive quarter in the third, picking up nine combined points from Henning and Schnede, while also receiving a hoop from Magnus Sands and a free throw by Brady Buchmeyer.
The hot-shooting Indians (they made 28 of their 49 attempts), however, matched the Warriors every step of the way and kept their lead intact.
Wapello bookended its strong start by tallying 20 points in the fourth quarter to wrap up the victory.
Seniors accounted for all 38 of Cal-Wheat’s points. Henning led the way with 14, while Schnede joined him in double-figures with 10. Buchmeyer tallied seven points of his eight points in the fourth quarter, while Sands, Beuthien and Scheer all had two points.