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Balanced scoring gives Clyde win over Margaretta

Michael Truax • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Clyde's three-pronged offensive attack overwhelmed Margaretta in the Fliers' home opener on Tuesday in Clyde.

Three Fliers scored 17 or more as Clyde improved to 4-0 (2-0 Sandusky Bay Conference) with a 46-64 win over the Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 SBC).

"We're a difficult team to guard, because everybody can pass, run, catch and shoot," Cahill said. "It makes us tough, like tonight when we get pretty good balance."

Only five players scored for the Fliers, though their top three spread the burden. Clyde senior Spencer Robles and freshman Amanda Cahill led with 18 points apiece, followed closely by Kaylea Griffin with 17.

"(Robles) just quit forcing stuff," Clyde coach John Cahill said. "She gets so many good looks this year because I think our big kids demand (double-teams). Once Spence stopped trying to force it and play so fast, she got open shots -- she's a great open shooter -- and she made shots. That's what she should do."

Robles was 5 of 7 from the floor with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Cahill, at 6-foot 1-inch the tallest girl on either team, was 7 of 12 from the floor with nine rebounds and three steals. She started fast, scoring eight points in the first quarter with six more in the second, but slowed down in the third. She had to change in the third after getting blood on her jersey. In the fourth, she scored her final four points.

"In the fourth she came back and was aggressive," Cahill said. "Maybe (it was) when they bloodied her up, she needs to see her own blood to play hard again. Once she gets going, she's someone I think you need to account for every time down."

Griffin connected on 7 of 10 shots -- including a rare first-quarter 3-pointer -- and split four free throws for her 17 points.

Clyde jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first seven points of the game. The Fliers took a 14-5 lead on a three-point play by Cahill with 3:56 remaining in the first.

The Fliers were on the verge of breaking away twice in the first half, but Margaretta kept themselves within within striking range. Clyde took a 29-19 lead midway through the second quarter, but Margaretta trimmed the deficit to 33-26 by halftime.

The Bears' Sarah Weyer hit a pair of free throws with 2:46 to play in the third, cutting Clyde's lead to six, 43-37. Robles responded two scoreless possessions later with a three-pointer to reclaim momentum for the Fliers. Margaretta wouldn't get any closer.

Robles sealed the game with a layup assisted by Rachael Smetzler on the fast break for a 60-45 lead with 2:50 remaining.

"I think Rachael Smetzler is the key," Cahill said. "As our point guard, I think she gets us in situations that gives us chances to score."

Shannon Coy and Cheyenne Morris led Margaretta with 11 points apiece, followed by Sarah Weyer and Kelsey Kromer with nine points each.

"The effort was there and we'll get better," Margaretta coach Tim Tucker said. "We've got a month and a half to improve and maybe next time around it'll be a little different. We'll play at home and we'll see what happens."

Clyde celebrated Cahill's 200th victory, which he earned in the season opener against Tiffin Columbian. He was presented with a plaque made from a section of the old gym floor.

Tucker, no stranger to win milestones with 511 himself, congratulated Cahill on the accomplishment.

"I told him before the game that he's going to get to 300 real quick because he's got a nice group of freshmen," Tucker said. "When you run with this kind of class he's going to win a lot of games over the next four years. And his eighth-grade class is not bad. He's going to win some games. Maybe along the way we can take a few wins from him."

Margaretta 14 12 13 7 -- 46

Clyde 21 12 15 16 -- 64


Shannon Coy 4-2--11; Courtney Orshoski 2-0--4; Tatum Tucker 0-2--2; Kelsey Kromer 3-3--9; Cheyenne Morris 5-0--11; Sarah Weyer 3-3--9; TOTALS 17-10--46

CLYDE (4-0, 2-0 SBC)

Rachael Smetzler 2-1--5; Breanne Michaels 2-2--6; Spencer Robles 6-3--18; Amanda Cahill 7-3--18; Kaylea Griffin 7-2--17; TOTALS 24-11--64

3-pt FG: Margaretta 2 (Coy, Morris); Clyde 5 (Robles 3, Cahill, Griffin)

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