GIBSONBURG - A loss isn't always the result of breakdowns in offense or defense, questionable calls or being overwhelmed by the situation.
Sometimes one team wins because it's just a lot better than the other.
Thursday, Danbury coach Joe Fetzer said that better team was Carey.
PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS
Carey’s Logan Johnson (33) gets a rebound and a put back bucket over Danbury’s Alyssa Almendinger. Johnson was one of 11 Carey players to score in a 72-20 victory.
A 72-20 win in the Division IV district semifinals over Danbury backed that up.
"They're quick, they're aggressive. We knew they'd be unlike any team, pretty much, we'd played all year, as far as the kind of pressured they could bring. We did not handle it very well," Fetzer said. "I was more worried once we got it over half court that we weren't going to be able to get a shot. They're that good defensively, man-to-man defensive team, that I was worried we might not even get a look at the basket.
"They're an excellent, excellent team," he said. "And deep, deep."
|Carey 72, Danbury 20|
|Danbury (14-11): Lexi Mitchell 0-0-0; Alyx Perram 1-4-6; Megan Stephens 3-0-6; Cassidy Rhodes 0-0-0; Kelly Lavelle 0-0-0; Erin Lavell 1-1-3; Katie Almendinger 0-0-0; Alyssa Almendinger 0-0-0; Allisa Ritterbach 1-0-3; Tori Wright 1-0-2; Bri Adams 0-0-0. Totals: 7-5-20.|
|Carey (21-2): Shelby Kin 2-1-5; Mary Jo Bash 1-0-2; Sydney Wentling 4-2-13; Makenzie Wentling 2-1-6; Joanna Worst 0-0-0; Haley Hoepf 2-0-6; Mikayla Putnam 0-0-0; Claire Allison 1-0-2; Ali Rymer 6-3-15; Logan Johnson 4-1-9; Sara Craig 1-0-2; Gwen Wentling 0-0-0; Hannah Draper 2-2-7. Totals: 27-10-72.|
|Danbury||3||7||4||6 — 20|
|Carey||20||23||14||15 — 72|
|Field goals: Danbury 7-41; Carey 27-60.|
|3-point goals: Danbury 1-14 (Ritterbach); Carey 8-18 (S. Wentling 3, Hoepf 2, M. Wentling, Hall, Draper).|
|Foul shots: Danbury 5-14; Carey 10-14.|
|Rebounds: Danbury 18; Carey 39 (Rymer 9, Johnson 9).|
|Turnovers: Danbury 19; Carey 11.|
Eleven of the 14 Blue Devils who played scored, led by Ali Rymer's 15 points and Sydney Wentling's 13. Logan Johnson added nine points, and she and Rymer each hauled in nine rebounds to help Carey dominate the boards by a 39-18 margin.
"That's nice. It's been like that all year," Carey coach Phil Vaughn said. "We've had a number, probably five or six different people, lead us in scoring, and that's nice when you have balance. Nobody cares who scores, they all want that same output at the end."
The most recent output propelled Carey (21-2) into Saturday's 7 p.m. finals against Old Fort, which edged Toledo Christian 54-51 in the nightcap.
Getting there was a combination of things going well for the Blue Devils while going badly for the Lakers (14-11).
Carey scored the game's first five points before Tori Wright connected on Danbury's first shot attempt, off the wing, 1:20 into the game.
It was never that close again.
Danbury trailed 20-3 at the first stop and didn't hit another field goal until Alyx Perram's putback with 42 seconds left in the first half cut Carey's lead to 41-8.
The Blue Devils went into halftime up 43-10, scoring 15 points off 12 turnovers.
"We have a system, a fastbreak system we run - run lanes - and I just felt it started on the defensive end for us. Some of our defensive pressure turned into earlier and easier offensive baskets," Vaughn said. "The girls ran the floor well, shared the ball, everybody was unselfish, willing to give the extra pass."
Hannah Draper (7), Mackenzie Wentling (6) and Haley Hoepf (6) combined for 19 points to back Rymer, Sydney Wentling and Johnson.
The defense clicked just as well.
Perram and Megan Stephens each netted six points to lead the Lakers, who committed 19 turnovers and ended just 7 for 41 from the field. The shooting totals included a 1-for-14 effort on 3-pointers.
"Unfortunately, those nights happen, and we've had them happen to us. Sometimes the ball just doesn't go in for you and it does for the other team," Vaughn said. "It's as simple as that sometimes."