20-2 stretch. When Cassie Daye (11 points) capped it with the first of her 3 3-pointers, the Blue Devils held a 24-14 lead.
The closest the Dragons could get after that was 26-19 when Morehouse tripled inside the two-minute mark of the half. Though Wickliffe put in 22 points in the second quarter, the scoring was scarcer thereafter on both sides. In fact during one stretch of the third period, both teams went about four and a half minutes without scoring.
Aaliyah Hunt matched Morehouse with 6 blocks.
“(Morehouse) is a tough player,” Granito said. “I think both of their guards (are) both extremely strong, very accurate from the outside. They do a real good job of breaking their defenders down in terms of bringing the ball up.”
Carly Palgut scored 11 points, dished out 4 assists and stole the ball 5 times for Wickliffe. Teammate Katie Marn tallied all 8 of her points in the first half and added 11 boards.
“I had done my homework on them; they have not been typically that good of a shooting team,” Malone said. “And I know that in the first half, they hit 4 threes. And there was nobody through the season so far that stood out as a big-time perimeter scorer.”
Overall, the Blue Devils, who had 6 treys overall, commanded the boards by a 49-28 count. That margin was 30-10 at the break.
Wickliffe also forced 24 turnovers while giving the ball away just 13 times themselves.
The Blue Devils have been playing without their starting point guard, Alexis Gricar, who is due to return from a knee injury next week.
Granito explained that after winning four games before Christmas, his team, now 6-7, has been up and down.
“I think we’ve been really doubting ourselves the last couple of games,” he said. “And I think that showed a lot of character, at least on our girls’ part, in terms of getting down — because that’s been our Achilles’ heel the last couple of games — and then every game we’ve fought to get back, and then we expend so much energy to get back into it, we end up losing it later on in the game. For tonight, not only to get back but then extend the lead out, I think the girls learned a lot there.”
Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.