The Calvary Lutheran Lady Lions were in a close game headed into the fourth quarter Thursday night against the La Monte Lady Vikings at Calvary Lutheran High School.
Maddy Sprengel then took over to erase any chance of a La Monte comeback attempt.
The Lady Lions went on a 17-0 run to start the final quarter, with 11 of the points coming from Sprengel, leading to a 53-27 victory.
“They were very heavily focused on Sydney (Morris), they occupied her a lot and made shooting tough,” Calvary coach Ty Morris said. “Once Maddy got her rythym, we started to roll because now they have to keep their eye on two people.”
Sprengel shined late, but Sydney Morris had her moment just more than two minutes into the game.
Morris’ second rebound of the contest was her 1,000th of her career. Ty Morris immediately called a timeout to let the crowd honor her for the milestone.
“As a dad, that’s super exciting,” Morris said. “… As a coach, I wish I could bottle that up and sell it. It’s tough to defend her for 32 minutes and not let her get rebounds. She’s going to get rebounds.”
But the rest of the first three-plus minutes of the game was in favor of the Lady Vikings as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead.
The Lady Lions flipped a switch to follow, though, and closed out the first on a 15-4 run to take a 17-14 lead into the second quarter.
“They had some players that they didn’t have last year,” Morris said. “I had not been able to find anything scouting wise on them this year. … It took us a little while to react.”
The second quarter was a defensive slugfest.
Calvary shot just 2-for-20 from the floor in the period but was able to hold La Monte to 3-for-11 shooting with eight turnovers, leading to a 26-21 Lady Lion lead at the half.
“We were struggling to get the ball to drop,” Morris said.
One of the players Ty Morris didn’t have any scouting report on was senior Tatiayanna Jones.
Jones finished the first half with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, but Calvary adjusted in the second half and held her scoreless with zero shot attempts.
“She’s a big, physical player that can handle the ball,” he said. “She’s good. She’s going to help them a bunch this year.”
The Lady Lions slowly started building their lead in the third.
Calvary went on an 8-2 run to start the quarter to build its lead to 34-23, and the Lady Lions were able to hold their lead at 11 points the rest of the period to take a 36-25 lead to the fourth.
Alayna Sprengel opened the fourth with a putback following an offensive rebound, then Maddy Sprengel got going.
Maddy Sprengel converted on an and-1, picked up a transition layup and then hit back-to-back 3s. Her 11-0 flurry took a 38-25 lead to a 49-25 advantage.
“Fourth quarter we were finally getting it done,” Morris said. “We were using the press to harass their ballhandlers, we got some steals and we were able to convert on a majority of them.”
Maddy Sprengel finished with a game-high 25 points and Morris finished with a double-double of 16 points and 22 rebounds.
La Monte (0-4) was led by Jones’ 13 points.
Calvary (2-1) will have a quick turnaround as it opens CCAA play at 6 p.m. today at Jamestown.
“I’m looking forward to that,” Morris said. “The Jamestown game is always a good game, always has a lot of energy.”