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Warriors Seize Opportunity against Moody

Warriors Seize Opportunity against Moody

By Samuel Tschetter

In a hotly contested game, Calvary pulled out a win against their regional opponent, beating the Archers 68-63.

Calvary opened the scoring in this one with Ques Harris stealing the ball and getting an easy layup. The teams then went back-and-forth trading leads with neither team able to get ahead by more than four points for longer than one possession. With four minutes left in the first half a pair of Ben Jones free throws tied the game at 30. In the final 20 seconds of the half, a Braydon Unruh three followed by a quick layup from the Archers sent Calvary to the locker room with a 43-40 lead. 

Moody came out of the break shooting much better and opened the half on a 21-5 run, holding CU scoreless for nine minutes, and taking a 61-48 lead over the Warriors. Head Coach Matt Sanders said that at this point, “They really just wanted it more than we did.” This led to a series of substitutions for the coach, removing and later reinserting all five starters, who from that point on, ”Put on a show defensively.”

This allowed Calvary to begin their comeback, as Unruh converted a one-and-one opportunity to cut the lead to 10 with 8:49 left. Just over a minute later Unruh nailed a three off an assist from Zeb Green to cut the Moody lead to five at 61-56. With 6:38 left in the game, the Archers scored their final points extending their lead to 63-59. It was all CU from then on. Jay Lems knocked down an open three to pull the Warriors to within one, and with 3:10 to play Zeb Green tied the game with a free throw. With just over a minute left in the game, Unruh drove the ball coast-to-coast, scoring the go-ahead layup. Green then added three points over the final 24 seconds as Calvary earned the 68-63 win. Green said after the game that despite the early defensive struggles, “It was good to see the team fight together until the end.”

A great defensive effort in the final ten minutes of the second half greatly aided the Warriors’ comeback. After Moody went on a 21-5 run to open the half, Calvary flipped the script and went on a 20-2 run of their own to close out the game. After the game, Jay Lems said, “We struggled defensively [early on], but we got stops down the stretch when it mattered.” The Warriors did just that, holding Moody to just two points over the last 11 minutes, and scoreless for the final six. 

Unruh led all scorers with 26 points, going 6-7 from the free-throw line and adding five assists. Green finished with another double-double tallying 15 points and 13 rebounds. Lems made it three double-digit scorers for the Warriors with 11 points.

Bobby Kirpas led the Archers with 19 points, shooting 50% from the floor.

With the win Calvary moves to 6-5 on the year, going 2-0 on their Illinois road trip. This is the second time this season Calvary has won a pair of Friday-Saturday road games, with come from behind victories in both Saturday games. 

The Warriors return home to take on Oklahoma Panhandle State at the Pyramid Athletic Center on Friday. 

Warriors Earn Road Win Over Dayspring Bible College

Warriors Earn Road Win Over Dayspring Bible College

After a slow start, Calvary found its rhythm on offense and downed Dayspring 80-44.

After not playing in over a week Calvary began the first half looking sluggish against an undersized, but scrappy Dayspring team. The Warriors struggled on the offensive end for the first 20 minutes but played well defensively holding Dayspring to just 28% shooting in the first half. CU headed to halftime leading 36-24.

The second half was a different story offensively for the Warriors. After being challenged at halftime by head coach Matt Sanders to start quickly and outplay Dayspring, Calvary did just that. After a quick three from Jay Lems, the shots began to fall and the Warriors found themselves up 21 early in the second half. From there CU cruised to a 36 point win. 

The large margin allowed the Warrior starters to rest most of the second half and provided meaningful minutes for some of the bench players, a group Sanders praised after the game, “We got some outstanding bench minutes [in the first half] from our pressing group, and it was great to get some of the younger guys minutes [in the second half].” 

Zeb Green again led the way for Calvary with a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double. Braydon Unruh and Ben Jones added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Joe Vasquez led Dayspring with 10 points. 

With the win Calvary improves to 5-5 and faces Moody for a big regional matchup in Chicago Saturday night. 

Warriors with First Victory Against NCAA Opponent

Warriors with First Victory Against NCAA Opponent

Calvary’s defense led to easy offense and helped the Warriors pull away for the 78-54 win in St. Louis Friday night against Principia College.

Both teams traded baskets early and then Principia led by six midway through the first quarter. But after a pair of threes and transition layups from Taylor Hunter the first quarter ended tied at 16.

In the second quarter, the Warriors turned up the defense allowing only two Panther field goals. Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker was pleased with the defensive effort, “Our girls came ready to play today. They did a great job on defense stopping the drive and utilizing help defense.” Two early free throws from Anna Holloway gave Calvary a lead they would never relinquish. The Warriors headed into halftime up 32-24.

In the third quarter, Calvary’s offense picked up where it left off scoring 29 points.  They went on a great 13-0 run sparked by great defense and headed to the fourth with an 18 point lead 61-43.  It was more of the same from there as the Warriors extended their lead to 24 taking the game from the higher division opponent 78-54.

Hunter led the scoring for the Warriors with 27 including five 3-pointers. Holloway added 22 and was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. Avery Kornstad led the team with 7 rebounds.

Sophia Hathaway led the Panthers scoring 24 of their 54 points.

The win moves Calvary back to .500 on the season at 5-5. The Warriors get a rematch against Cottey College on Tuesday.

Warriors Fall to Eureka College

Warriors Fall to Eureka College

By: Samuel Tschetter

Calvary began its two-game road trip with a tough 88-58 loss to the Red Devils. Both teams started slowly but with 1:40 minutes left in the first quarter, Eureka held a 16-8 lead. Calvary then went on a 9-3 run to close out the quarter and headed to the second down just two 19-17.

The game stayed close at the beginning of the second quarter with the Warriors grabbing a 21-20 lead after an Anna Holloway layup. It was all Eureka from that point on as they closed out the half on an 18-7 run and led 38-27 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Red Devil’s outscored the Warriors 28-9 in the third quarter and headed to the fourth with a 66-36 lead. The deficit stayed the same through the fourth quarter with Calvary unable to close the gap eventually falling to their NCAA Division 3 opponent 88-58.

Holloway and Avery Kornstad led the Warriors with 15 points apiece, Holloway also collected eight rebounds to lead CU.

Olivia Falls for Eureka led all scorers with 23.   Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker complemented the Warriors’ fourth-quarter offense after the game. “If we can make [our offense] a priority we will be a strong contender soon.”

With the loss, Calvary moves to 4-5 on the season and will take on Principia College Friday night. 

Calvary Women Lose Close One Against NAIA Cottey College

Calvary Women Lose Close One Against NAIA Cottey College

After a back-and-forth affair, the Warriors came up just short, falling at home to the Cottey Comets 71-65.

Early in the contest Cottey jumped out to a 4-2 lead. Despite a slow start offensively and early turnover troubles Calvary played good transition defense and was able to grab the lead at the end of the first quarter 9-8. After the game Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker said, ”Early on it looked like we were playing through some sludge, coming off the quick turnaround, but we need to be able to create opportunities, no matter the time frame.”

In the second quarter, the Comets began to find their offensive rhythm and started to covert their easy shot opportunities into points, starting the quarter on a 16-5 run. However, in the last three minutes of the first half the Warriors found their offense as well, culminating with an Avery Kornstad three with three seconds left in the half. Calvary headed into the break down by only five, 29-24.

Both teams came out shooting well in the third quarter but neither team was able to pull away. A long range three from Taylor Hunter at the end of quarter three sent the game to the fourth quarter tied at 43.

After the quarter break the Warriors came out hot, firing their way to an eight point lead with just under five minutes to play. But the Comets didn’t go away and clawed back to within three with 3:17 left in the game. Over the final minutes Cottey went on a 14-5 run to close out the game, connecting on 5 of 6 of their free throws in the final minute. 

Foul trouble and poor rebounding plagued Calvary throughout and made it tough for the Warriors to hang on. The Warriors were out-rebounded 57-33 overall and gave up 17 offensive boards to the Comets. Coach Shoemaker said that it was a combination of Cottey’s height and poor positioning that lead to the discrepancy, “On average we are a shorter team so we have to [get in good] position, and that’s something that we’ll work on in practice.”  

Hunter again led the way posting 18 points after her 40 point performance on Thursday. Anna Holloway and Kornstad rounded out the Warriors in double figures, with 17 and 14 respectively. Anna Davis led the team in rebounds with eight. Shalom Sutcliffe added five assists.

Taylor Coonce led Cottey with a 17 point, 12 rebound double-double. 

With the loss Calvary falls to 3-4 on the season, and will look to right the ship after another quick turnaround, at Kansas Christian on Monday. 

Warriors Battle Back, Fall Just Short in Loss to Central Christian

Warriors Battle Back, Fall Just Short in Loss to Central Christian

Game Recep by Samuel Tschetter

After falling behind by 15 early, Calvary fought its way back into the game against the Saints of CCCB. 

The contest began well enough for the Warriors as Zeb Green scored on the game’s opening possession, holding their own through the first three minutes. The Saints then went on a 10-0 run to take a 15-6 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half. 

Led by full-court pressure defensively CCCB was able to take a 15 point lead multiple times over the next ten minutes. But, head coach Matt Sanders was able to stop the bleeding, “They pressed us early and we turned it over. Then through a couple timeouts, we made some changes and just chipped away at the lead.”

Sparked by solid shooting all around and a pair of 3’s from Jay Lems, with four seconds left in the half CU had the Saint lead down to six, with possession. Off of an AJ Bordallo inbound pass, Jax Bell was able to find Cam Bender for an open, buzzer-beating three to cut the lead in half before the break.

Both teams came out of halftime evenly matched with the game staying close for its entirety. With 16 minutes left in the game, CU was able to grab its first lead since the 17-minute mark of the first half, 47-46. The teams went back and forth until some quick steals led to easy buckets for the Saints who held a 61-56 advantage with 11 minutes to play. However, the Warriors did not go away and after a pair of and-one conversions by Green and a 3 from Ben Jones CU held a two-point lead 68-66. 

Central defensive adjustments and foul trouble then caught up with the Warriors and CCCB went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Sanders said, “They called a timeout, went to a zone and we didn’t handle it well.” But clutch three-point shooting kept Calvary in the game the whole way. After a Lems 3-pointer CU needed a steal with 1.4 seconds left for a chance to force overtime, but couldn’t come away with the ball, falling to the Saints 87-84. 

Zeb Green led the scoring for Calvary with 24 points going 6-7 from the free-throw line. Jay Lems added 19, Ben Jones was also in double figures with 10. Green, Jones, and Ques Harris led the team with 6 rebounds a piece. The Warriors shot 47% from the field as a team. 

Trey Black led CCCB in scoring with 19. 

With the loss, CU falls to 4-4 on the season and will look to get back on track on the road against Baptist Bible College on November 26.