No. 3 OD dispatches CGA, 75-34

CULVER — Fact No. 1: Class A No. 3 Oregon-Davis dispatched Culver Girls Academy’s basketball team by a wide margin Friday night.
Fact No. 2: You might be hard-pressed to deduce Fact No. 1 from listening to the opposing coaches’ postgame reactions.
With CGA standout Andrijana Cvitkovic sidelined by a concussion, the visiting Lady Cats used a second-quarter spurt to shrug off a sluggish start and race past the Eagles 75-34 at Fleet Gymnasium but not necessarily inspire the boss.
“I wasn’t real happy with the way we played defense all night,” OD head coach Terry Minix said. “We were taking too many chances that put us in bad spots and we didn’t rotate. It all comes down to we weren’t talking.
“We stress talking,” he added. “We call it TAR — talk, anticipate, rotate. We didn’t do any of that tonight. Andi didn’t play for them and that made it a little bit easier, but our defense let us down.”
Even so, the Lady Cats still put up some pretty big numbers. Junior guard Ashley Campbell scored a game-high 24 points, including a 3-point bank shot at the end of the first half to put OD up 41-19.
OD junior guard Jessica Avarone just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 10 steals, and nine assists. Campbell and Avarone drilled back-to-back treys early in the second frame as part of a 19-4 run that turned a one-point OD deficit into a double-digit edge.
“Ashley Campbell scored 24 points and it wasn’t even one of her greatest nights,” Minix said. “Avarone does so much defensively and causes so much havoc that she’s the one that gets noticed. They’re both great ball players.”
Meanwhile, the Eagles hung in against OD’s patented full-court pressure in the first quarter, even taking a 9-8 advantage on Saralena Barry’s triple at the 1:56 mark.
However, 39 turnovers and the absence of its 6-foot-3 leading scorer eventually took its toll on CGA.
“In all honesty people will probably think I’m crazy, but I thought we played hard and did some things well,” CGA head coach Gary Christlieb said. “The third quarter we didn’t bring enough offense, that was the difference in the game. (OD) got a couple runs on us in the second quarter; they banked in a 3-pointer at the half. It wasn’t our night.
“It’s significant when you’re without a kid who’s a four-year starter,” he added. “We had some opportunities. We got what we wanted against the pressure. We attacked, and I think we missed a couple of opportunities for layups. The one thing is we had too many empty possessions early. But we’ve got some things we can build upon.”
Also for OD, Haley Collings contributed 10 points and 10 boards, and Kendra Sauer provided a second-quarter spark and finished with seven points, three assists, and three steals off the bench.
“Kendra gave us energy,” Minix said. “Lexi (Minix) got two fouls and Kendra came in and did a really nice job. She solidified our defense in the second quarter.”
Rita Zambon scored 12 points for the Eagles, followed by eight points and 10 rebounds from Victoria Christlieb.
“(Starting guard) Helen Weinberg did a nice job stepping up for us and handling the pressure,” the CGA skipper said. “Rita did some nice things, too.”
Oregon-Davis heads to Rochester Tuesday, while CGA hosts South Bend Washington today.
CGA 34
At Culver
OD: 13 41 63 75
CGA: 9 19 24 34
OD (75): Taylor Kranenburg 0 0-0 0, Ashley Campbell 11 0-1 24, Alicia McIntosh 2 2-2 7, Riley Trott 0 0-0 0, Jessica Avarone 9 0-0 21, Kendra Sauer 3 1-2 7, Zoe Seese 1 2-2 4, Lexi Minix 0 0-1 0, Katie Marsh 0 0-0 0, Haley Collings 5 0-3 10, Lincy Jones 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 32 5-11 75.
CGA (34): Victoria Christlieb 3 2-8 8, Nicole Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Margaret McKinnis 0 0-0 0, Alle Baker 3 0-0 7, Melissa Binford 0 0-0 0, Grace Holzer 0 0-0 0, Saralena Barry 1 0-0 3, Helen Weinberg 1 0-1 2, Rita Zambon 4 4-4 12, Jamie Madison 1 0-1 2. TOTALS: 13 6-14 34.
3-point goals: OD 6 (Avarone 3, Campbell 2, McIntosh), CGA 2 (Barry, Baker); Turnovers: OD 20, CGA 39; Rebounds: OD 39 (Collings 10), CGA 32 (Christlieb 10); Assists: OD 21 (Avarone 9), CGA 6 (Holzer 3); Steals: OD 24 (Avarone 10), CGA 6; Fouls (fouled out): OD 13 (none), CGA 13 (none); Records: OD 7-1, CGA 7-4.