Defending Class A champion Canterbury opened its season with an 86-53 victory at Wayne on Saturday.
It was also the debut of first-year coach Wayne Kreiger, who stepped in to replace his son, Scott, who assumed the head coaching duties of the Canterbury boys team.
Senior Bailey Farley led the Cavaliers with 30 points, junior Kindell Fincher had 23, and sophomore guard Darby Maggard added 21.
Fincher’s 23 points pushed her passed 1,000 for her career. She has scored 1,011.
I was pleased with our defensive intensity, and we did a nice job running the floor and sharing the basketball, Wayne Kreiger said. For first time out and what the scheme of things looked like for us, I was pleased.
Canterbury was in control from the beginning, as it took a 28-9 lead after the first quarter and led 48-23 at half.
While Farley, Fincher and Maggard combined for 74 points, Kreiger also cited senior Aaliyah Gaines’ contribution.
Aaliyah Gaines really played a stellar defensive game for us, Kreiger said.
CONCORDIA 45, NEW HAVEN 25: Courtney Smith scored 14 points for the visiting Cadets, who held New Haven to four points in the first half.
DEKALB 56, NORTH SIDE 45: Haylee Martin scored 25 points and Baylee Rinehart had 16 as DeKalb defeated the host Redskins, who were paced by Sierra Miranda’s 15 points.
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 68, NORTHROP 51: Host Northrop committed 25 errors in its loss.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 61, BISHOP LUERS 49: The host Knights fell behind 21-10 after the first quarter and couldn’t recover.
WARSAW 64, HUNTINGTON NORTH 42: Jennifer Walker-Crawford scored 21 points to lead the host Tigers. Allyson Trout had 16 points for Huntington North.