Any comeback hopes the Margaretta girls may have entertained Friday night were squelched in the first two minutes of the second half.
The Fliers used a pair of treys to fuel a 10-2 spurt, pushing their lead to 44-24 early in the third quarter of a 60-42 victory for undefeated Clyde at Castalia.
"We started both halves really well, but I thought the second half was really big," said Fliers coach John Cahill. "Those first three minutes of the second half were huge. We came out and executed well.
"We had some lulls tonight where we didn't play great, but I thought the beginning of both halves were crucial tonight."
Clyde (12-0, 9-0), ranked No. 14 in the Division II AP state basketball poll, never trailed after scoring 10 straight points in the first quarter to take a 10-2 lead.
"We talked about some things at halftime that we wanted to do, but they caught us with a couple of threes right off the bat because our people didn't do what they were told to do," Margaretta coach Tim Tucker said. "I think they scored 10 real quick points and it was 10-2 to start the game, so we gave them a 20-2 edge and that puts up in a hole to start both halves."
The Bears (6-5, 5-4) closed the first quarter with a 6-0 run and got a trey from Kelsey Kromer to open the second to close the deficit to 18-14, but the Fliers answered with another 10-2 spurt and finished the half with a 34-22 advantage.
After going up 44-24 in the first two minutes of the third quarter, Clyde finished with a 7-2 run to take a commanding 51-28 lead into the final period.
"We can play beautiful basketball. I've said that all along especially when we get into transition," Cahill said. "This team passes the ball really well and we did some of that, but we were sloppy. Overall, I'm pleased with the effort because these girls are a blessing to coach."
Cahill's daughter, 6-1 freshman Amanda, pumped in a game-high 20 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Fliers with Rachael Smetzler scoring 15 points and adding nine boards. In addition, Spencer Robles chipped in 11 points and Kaylea Griffin added seven rebounds.
"We don't want Spencer Robles shooting the ball because she's an excellent shot," Bears coach Tim Tucker said. "And you have to give Rachael Smetzler a lot of credit. I think this is the best game she's play in all the years I've watched her. She played an all-out hard-nosed game."
Shannon Coy led the Lady Bears with 18 points and five rebounds while Sarah Weyer had nine points and 10 boards. Margaretta was playing without Tucker's daughter, Tatum, who is out with a concussion.
"We've got to get a second guard to play better," Tim Tucker said. "We have a lot of wing players and post players, but we don't have a true guard. Give Michenzi Hoffman credit because I thought she played a pretty good fourth quarter at guard."
"Any time you can come here and get a win, you have to feel good about it," John Cahill said. "At points, we played really well, but Margaretta is a little banged up right now. I think they'll turn it around and be really tough to play at the end of the season."
Clyde added a 50-36 victory in the JV contest with Hannah Wadsworth scoring a game-high 23 points for the Lady Fliers. Tori Wright led Margaretta with 10 points.
Clyde (12-0, 9-0)
Rachael Smetzler 6-0--15; Breanne Michaels 4-0--8; Spencer Robles 4-2--11; Amanda Cahill 8-3--20; Kaylea Griffin 2-1--5; Katie Lynch 0-1--1. Totals 24-7--60
Margaretta (6-5, 5-4)
Shannon Coy 7-3--18; Kelsey Kromer 2-2--7; Emily Scheufler 0-1--1; Sarah Weyer 4-1--9; Cheyenne Morris 2-1--5; Courtney Orshoski 1-0--2. Totals 16-8--42
Clyde 18 16 17 9 -- 60
Margaretta 11 11 6 14 -- 42
3-pt FG: (C) Rachael Smetzler 3, Spencer Robles 1, Amanda Cahill 1; (M) Shannon coy 1, Kelsey Kromer 1
JV: Clyde 50, Margaretta 36