CLARENCE — With its postseason opener just days away, the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team closed its regular season with some momentum Monday night.
And a little bit of history.
The Warriors jumped out to a big lead in Monday’s non-conference tilt with North Cedar and then finished strong, outscoring the Knights 23-9 in the fourth quarter of a 58-34 victory.
It was the 11th win of the season for the Warriors, making them the fourth Cal-Wheat squad since 1993 to reach 11 victories.
Senior Addison Luepker was a one-person wrecking crew early.
After a North Cedar three-pointer kicked off the game’s scoring, Luepker scored the game’s next nine points, including a three of her own.
Alison Boeckmann added four straight points of her own and Cal-Wheat had a 13-0 run.
A smaller 8-0 push — Karragan Whitman provided the first four points — to start the second quarter, meanwhile, gave Cal-Wheat a 21-8 lead.
It was 27-16 to start the second half (Luepker beat the halftime buzzer with a three) and remained a double-digit margin heading to the fourth quarter.
The lead ballooned over the final eight minutes behind Boeckmann and Addy Widel, who combined for 16 points in the fourth.
Luepker led a trio of Warriors in double figures with 18 points, while Boeckmann added 17 points and Widel 14.
Boeckmann added 11 rebounds for a double-double and nearly had a triple-double with eight steals.
Emily Knudtson also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Luepker and Alyssa McElmeel both dished out three assists.
Luepker added six steals, while Widel and Whitman both had two for the Warriors, who finished with 20 steals overall, leading to 31 North Cedar turnovers.