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By Glen Miller
Calumet High School’s girls basketball team had its run to the title of the 2013 West Central Tournament end with a 65-40 setback to Thomas Fay-Custer in the championship game.
“The girls did a good job to get to the championship game, but we didn’t play well when we got there. We reverted back to some bad habits and it really made it difficult,” said EHS head coach Tyler Snowden.
The loss to the Terriers, ranked No.9 in Class 2A, dropped Calumet to 14-9 on the season.
Calumet was outscored in all four periods and held to single-digit scoring in two of those. The Terriers led 14-4 after one period, 35-16 at the half and 53-33 after three frames.
Micha Snyder was the lone Calumet player in double digits with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals. Katie Percival added six points and three caroms, while Brooklin Higdon posted six points and a rebound.
Ashli Richardson was close behind with five points and three boards, while Rebekah Barnard had three points and a carom. Kaley Spoon, Taylor Epperson and Rachal Littlebird had two points each and combined for six rebounds. Allison Eaton added a free throw.
Calumet 50, Burns Flat-Dill City 34
The Chieftains rallied from a 16-10 deficit after one period to outscore BF-DC in each of the final three periods, including a 17-4 scoring edge in the second period.
Percival led the second-period rally with six points, followed by Richardson with four, three by Littlebird and two each from Snyder and Spoon.
Snyder closed the game with 16 points, five caroms, three assists and two steals. Percival chipped in 16 points, six boards and two steals. Littlebird led those in single digits with seven points, four caroms and two steals.
Richardson closed with seven points and two boards, while Spoon grabbed six boards to go along with two points. Epperson had three caroms and two points.
Chieftains take third
Surviving a 27 percent shooting night and no 3-pointers, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team defeated Arapaho 26-25 to take third place in the 2013 West Central Tournament.
The win lifted Calumet to 13-10 on the year.
Neither team shot the ball well as Calumet went 8-of-29 from the field and missed all six of its shot attempts from the perimeter. Arapaho shot a dismal 7-of-26 from the floor for 26.9 percent.
Calumet led 10-6 after one period, getting six points from Drew Walker and two each from Tyler Spoon and Cameron Beard.
Arapaho outscored Calumet 19-16 over the final three periods with post player Stewart Paukei scoring four points for the Chieftains.
Walker led all Calumet scorers with nine points, followed by Paukei with four points, 10 rebounds and a steal. Spoon chipped in four points and four rebounds, followed by Tanner Hood’s three points and three caroms.
Kyle Gilbert, Garrett Gathers and Beard grabbed two points each and a combined10 rebounds
Hydro-Eakley 44, Calumet 33
Though it netted five 3-pointers, Calumet was unable to overcome a staunch Bobcats defense, which limited the Chieftains to single-digit scoring in three of the four periods.
Calumet trailed 19-7 after one period, 25-15 at the break and 34-26 after three periods.
Walker had 16 points, two rebounds and a pair of steals to pace the squad. Paukei dropped in seven points and two caroms, followed by Spoon’s four points and three rebounds.
Hood tossed in three points, a steal and an assist. Gathers added three points, a steal and an assist.
Beard, Kyle Gilbert and Seth Garlett scored no points but combined for seven boards.