FORT WAYNE — Led by Head Coach Scott Kreiger and his father, Wayne Kreiger, former long-time Columbia City head coach as his assistant, Tuesday night’s match-up between Canterbury and Whitko was different than just the average game.
Wayne Kreiger spent 33 years as a CCHS Lady Eagle head coach – 33 years of experience against rival Whitko. Along with the Kreigers is freshman Darby Maggard, who transferred to Canterbury this season from Whitko.
Maggard led the Lady Cavs with 28 points in Canterbury’s 104-68 win over the Lady ’Cats Tuesday in Fort Wayne. The Lady Cavaliers, who have won the Class A State Title for the last three years, jumped out to a 20-4 lead midway through the first quarter.
Maggard went on a 7-0 run and finished the quarter with 13 points, including three of her six 3-pointers.
“She found her rhythm early in the game and shot the ball well tonight,” Scott Kreiger said.
Despite Canterbury’s quick start, the Lady Wildcats proved they weren’t backing down, sparking a run with a minute left in the first quarter, including a half-court bucket at the buzzer by Karissa Olinske to cut the Lady Cavs’ lead to 14 at the end of the first, 27-13.
Whitko continued its run, scoring 11 unanswered points and holding Maggard to six points in the second quarter.
“We made up our minds that we were going to play this game,” Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley, “We made up our mind to play.”
Lady ’Cat Cagney Craig cut the lead to nine two minutes into the second period, 28-19, but Canterbury regained its composure and answered with a 21-9 run to finish the quarter at 49-28.
Josie Sparks had 10 points from five field goals and Olinske got her second of three 3-pointers.
But Canterbury had an answer for every Lady Wildcat bucket, outscoring Whitko 33-23 and building on its lead, 82-51.
Craig started the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer on the first possession for part of her seven points points in the final period.
Canterbury picked up another 22 points in the last eight minutes.
With 4:37 left in the game and a 97-60 score, Maggard knocked down her final 3-pointer to break the 100-point mark for the Lady Cavs.
Sophomore Carly Johnson, former Indian Springs Middle School athlete, played solid minutes in the fourth quarter for the Lady Cavs.
Four Canterbury players scored over 20 points, led by Maggard with 28.
“Our scoring was very balanced tonight,” Scott Kreiger said. “We share the ball well and read each other. That’s how we’re able to score so many points.”
Sylvester’s 16 points led Whitko’s scoring, followed by Olinske’s 14, Cagney Craig’s 11 and 10 from Josie Sparks.
The Lady Wildcats’ 68 points ties for their second highest offensive output this season.
Scott Kreiger said he is pleased with Maggard’s contributions to his team.
“Darby is a great teammate. The other girls trust her,” Kreiger said. “They know she’s talented and can do some things on her own, but she also works hard to make her teammates look better. Overall, she’s been a great teammate.”