WHEATLAND – It took some time, but once the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team got its offense warmed up, the Warriors were hard to stop.
Limited to just two free throws in a low-scoring opening quarter, the Warriors outscored visiting Lisbon 24-15 in the middle two stanzas to take control of an eventual 40-35 victory.
It was a small dose of revenge for Cal-Wheat, which fell in its first meeting with its divisional foe by an identical five-point margin.
Both teams got off to a slow start. Lisbon did not score the game’s first points until nearly three minutes had already elapsed and that proved to be the only scoring in the quarter until Alison Boeckmann hit two late free throws for the Warriors.
Cal-Wheat, though, struck first in the second quarter, picking up a three by Addison Luepker and a hoop inside by Hannah Tack to go up 7-2.
The Lions struck back, reeling off seven straight points to go back in front, but the Warriors’ response was even better.
Luepker kicked off a 10-0 run to end the half with a pair of free throws. Grace Elvert added one of her own and then splashed in a three-pointer. Tack took care of the final four points and Cal-Wheat led 17-9 at the half.
The Warriors’ lead grew as large as 13 points in the third quarter when the Lions stormed back.
Lisbon scored the final four points of the third quarter and then the first seven of the fourth to get all the way back within two points at 26-24.
The Lions, though, could not get any closer.
Tack ended the run with two free throws, Elvert got free inside for a hoop, and Luepker added two free throws to push the margin back to eight.
Lisbon made one last push, cutting a six-point deficit in half with a three, but separate free throws by Elvert and Tack (the Warriors made eight of their nine foul attempts in the fourth quarter) ended the threat.
Tack (12 points), Elvert (12), and Luepker (10) all finished in double-figures and the Lions had no answer for Tack on the glass as the junior grabbed 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end.
Tack also led the Warriors (5-10 overall, 3-5 in Tri-Rivers East play) with five steals – Luepker had four steals, Karragan Whitman and Elvert three each – and dished out three assists.