CULVER — Culver Community’s girls basketball team viewed its regular-season finale as a sectional contest.
If the Cavs bring the kind of swagger to the real deal that they brought to the pseudo-sectional, watch out.
Class 2A No. 6 Culver allowed just two points over the opening 14:21 — highlighted by a nearly 11-minute scoreless stretch — en route to a 45-22 Northern State Conference win over visiting John Glenn at John R. Nelson Gymnasium Friday.
“We talked about this being our first sectional game,” Culver head coach Tony Scheub, whose team won its 13th straight contest and finished perfect in the NSC, said. “We talked about getting out quick, with a lot of energy and intensity.
“At the beginning of the season they played like they had chips on their shoulders, like they had something to prove,” he continued. “They lost that a little bit the last couple of weeks, but it was back tonight. They got off to a start that proved that they were 19-1, soon to be 20-1, for a reason.”
Versatile senior Alison Zehner repeatedly flooded the passing lanes, racking up a trio of steals and breakaway layups in the first 10 minutes as the Cavs raced to a 20-2 lead midway through the second quarter.
“Alison’s played the point, post, and guards whoever we ask her to,” Scheub said. “She’s been such a good player for us. She picked up the defensive intensity, denied the passing lanes and anticipated very well tonight.”
Culver’s 6-foot-3 senior center Patrice McBee scored six of her game-high 11 points in the first six minutes of the game, and also ripped down six boards and blocked three shots.
And while the Falcons’ double- and triple-team of 6-1 Gwen Zehner limited the senior forward’s touches in the halfcourt, she still finished with 10 points — eight off of offensive rebound buckets — and eight rebounds.
“We had a reasonable plan, and we executed it reasonably well,” Glenn head coach John Willoughby said. “We tried to force (Culver’s) guards into carrying the load offensively. It didn’t work all that well; they were able to get some rebound baskets and a couple of lobs.”
Alison Zehner and Nicole Carnegie added eight points apiece for the Cavs, with Zehner and Whitney Sanders swiping four steals apiece.
“For the most part Nicole did a good job controlling the game,” Scheub said. “She’s doing a good job pushing the ball when we want her to push it and holding up and running the offense when we want her to run the offense. Tonight she did a really good job penetrating and scoring.”
Glenn senior Jacy Borlik struggled through an uncharacteristic cold shooting night to finish with 10 points and a game-best 10 caroms.
Borlik’s conventional 3-point play on a clear out and left-handed drive finally ended the Falcons’ first-half scoring famine with 1:39 left in the second frame, Glenn’s first bucket since Katie Dreessen’s layup at the 4:19 mark of the first quarter.
The Falcons shot just 10 percent from the field before the intermission, and finished 9 of 40 for the game.
“I don’t know what was going on offensively in the first half,” Willoughby said. “We tried to skip pass, but without any distance; we were 15 feet apart trying to skip pass, and that just led to turnovers.
“I did feel better that we showed a willingness to play aggressive in the second half,” he continued. “We played a lot better in the second half. We took better shots and made better passes. I’m not totally disappointed with the way we played.”
Glenn rounds out its regular-season slate today at Knox. Culver heads to the North Newton Sectional for a first-round matchup against Hebron Tuesday.
• CULVER COMMUNITY 45,
JOHN GLENN 22
Score by quarters
Glenn: 2 5 15 22
Culver: 14 22 32 45
GLENN (22): Carah Ochs 1 1-2 3, Jacy Borlik 4 2-3 10, Cayla Ochs 2 0-0 5, Elizabeth Dodson 0 0-0 0, Katie Dreessen 2 0-2 4, Hannah Strange 0 0-0 0, Dillynn Schleg 0 0-0 0, Sarah Traversa 0 0-2 0, Erin Patterson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 9 3-9 22.
CULVER (45): Nicole Carnegie 3 2-2 8, Ali Overmyer 0 0-0 0, Suzie Guard 0 0-0 0, Patrice McBee 5 1-2 11, Whitney Sanders 1 0-2 3, Alison Zehner 4 0-1 8, Kayla Shaffer 1 0-2 3, Gwen Zehner 5 0-0 10, Chelsey Jones 0 0-0 0, Abby James 0 0-0 0, Shakkira Harris 1 0-0 2, Breanna Powers 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 3-9 45.
3-point goals: Glenn 1 (Ochs), Culver 2 (Sanders, Shaffer); Turnovers: Glenn 17, Culver 12; Rebounds: Glenn 31 (Borlik 10), Culver 34 (G. Zehner 8); Assists: Glenn 6, Culver 4; Steals: Glenn 6 (Ca. Ochs, Borlik 2), Culver 12 (Sanders, A. Zehner 4); Fouls (fouled out): Glenn 9 (none), Culver 11 (none); Records: Glenn 3-16 (1-5 NSC), Culver 20-1 (7-0 NSC).