WHEATLAND — After doing its damage inside during the first half, the Calamus-Wheatland girls basketball team took control of Friday’s 2020 opener against Lisbon with some outside shooting.
Three Warriors — forwards Hannah Tack, Emily Knudtson and Karragan Whitman — accounted for all of their team’s points during the first half, helping Cal-Wheat open an 18-14 lead.
The Lions rallied to tie things early in the third quarter, but Cal-Wheat countered by hitting three three-pointers in short succession to reclaim its lead, and never trailed again in a 39-33 victory.
Lisbon scored six of the first eight points of the second half to knot things up at 20.
The Warriors, though, quickly broke the tie on a three-pointer by Addison Luepker.
Soon after, the Lions left Tack open on the wing for her own three-pointer to make it 26-20.
The Lions ended the run with a free throw, but then Addy Widel knocked down her own three and the margin grew to eight.
Lisbon would pull within four on two occasions late in the fourth quarter, but Tack answered the first with a hoop inside and Cal-Wheat countered the second by knocking down three separate free throws.
The Warriors’ starting forwards gave Lisbon fits early. Tack had eight points in the first quarter alone with Knudtson and Whitman adding their own buckets to make it 12-11 Cal-Wheat after a quarter.
Things slowed way down in the second stanza.
Lisbon scored just three points (on an old-fashioned three-point play), while the Warriors countered with six — three each from Whitman and Knudtson — to push their lead to four at the half.
Tack had a busy night, leading the Warriors with 17 points, while grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out three assists, blocking two shots and coming up with one steal.
Luepker added seven points, while Knudtson had six points and 10 rebounds and Whitman five points and eight boards.
Widel dished out a team-high four assists, while Whitman joined Tack with three. Alison Boeckmann, meanwhile, came away with two steals.