East stays perfect in district
Jan. 25, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.
Adelaide Wenzel scored 25 points and made five 3-pointers, but she was more concerned about two long-range shots she badly missed.
"Besides the two air balls," Wenzel said. "I did all right."
Wenzel's description was appropriate for East's 65-50 win over Calhoun on Tuesday night at the East gym.
The No. 12 Titans (31-2) maintained sole possession of the District 30-4A lead by improving to 6-0.
East played well in spurts, but the Sandies (19-10, 2-4) stayed within reach for much of the game.
"You have to give credit to Calhoun," said East coach Yulonda Wimbish-North. "They played a great game and I anticipate that every game that we play is going to be that way.
"The biggest thing is you have to come ready to play. We're fortunate we pulled it out and won by 15. However, that's not really the way I think we should win. We need to be playing our best basketball. That could hurt us as we get further along in the season."
Calhoun led 14-9 before East closed out the first quarter with a 7-0 run. The Sandies were within five points after Michelle Wagner, who had a game-high 26 points, converted a 3-pointer with 5:17 left in the third quarter.
Calhoun often beat the Titans down the floor for layups or was able to get to the free-throw line. The Sandies converted 19 of their 23 attempts.
"That was the game plan and we pretty much executed it," said Calhoun coach Sherman Chew. "I was happy with the way we got there."
Wenzel had two 3-pointers to help East close out the third quarter and open the fourth with a 14-2 run that gave it a 58-36 lead with 6:14 left.
"We fell off shooters and we didn't stay with the plan and we got burnt," Chew said. "Our game plan was to take away the outside because we figured we could play inside with them."
The Titans' lead shrunk to 11 points before they spread the floor and held the Sandies scoreless for the final 3:06 of the game.
"We won and we played OK, but it's not really our game like we usually do every night," Wenzel said. "No matter who the team is we always have to come out the same way. It's important so it can get us ready for the playoffs for the teams who are going to come in the future."