Indians advance to semifinals with win over Calvary Lutheran
School of the Osage had little trouble dispatching Calvary Lutheran in the first round of the Eugene Tournament Monday night.
After a competitive first quarter that saw the Indians hold a slim 15-10 advantage, Osage totaled 27 points in the second and third quarters to run away with it for a 75-42 win.
Osage's Kerrigan Gamm fueled the attack in the second frame, scoring all 13 of her points in the 8-minute span including a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line. After halftime. Calvary Lutheran switched to a zone defense and the Indians responded by moving the ball around well to get good shots.
"The second and third quarters were two of the best that we’ve had in the last several years," Osage coach Scott Rowland said. "The second quarter was the 'Kerrigan Show' and Carson (Wood) added six more (points) as we built an 18-point lead at halftime.
"The third quarter was even better. When Lutheran switched to a zone we moved the ball really well and made extra passes to open shooters and they knocked down the shots. We shot 75 percent from the field while holding Calvary to only 10 points," he added.
Wood paced an Indian offense with 20 points that saw three other players also reach double figures. Gamm chipped in 13 to go with a team-leading six rebounds while Rose Colonius finished with 12 and Liberty Gamm knocked down 11 respectively. The Osage defense also recorded 11 total steals to keep Calvary Lutheran at bay.
It was a good bounce back for Osage after a tough 65-64 loss to Fatima in the season opener last week where Osage fought back from a 16-point deficit and nearly put in the game-winning bucket that fell through the net just after the buzzer.
Osage (1-1) is scheduled to play in the semifinals of the tournament on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.