‘Eventually, the shots are going to start to fall, and today the floodgates kind of opened early,’ says Theisen
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The players were all masked up to prevent the spread of sickness in the Dow High gym Saturday. But that didn’t do a thing to slow down an outbreak of 3-pointers.
And it was indeed contagious.
Five different Chargers combined to sink an unbelievable 16 triples, as Dow built a big early lead and was never threatened in a 76-55 victory over visiting Flushing in nonleague girls’ basketball.
“Our coaches always tell us we need to be putting in the work, and we’ve been doing that,” said Dow junior forward Abby Rey, who led the Chargers with 20 points and made five 3-pointers. “We’ve been getting shots up after practice, before practice, just getting into the gym whenever we can, and I think that really helped us to have a really good shooting day today.”
Dow coach Kyle Theisen, whose team improves to 3-0, said he figured it was just a matter of time before the Chargers started to light up the scoreboard.
“We didn’t shoot a high percentage in our first two games. But the girls are in the gym after every practice, staying and shooting on their own. And today was a culmination of all the time they keep putting in — coming in before school, coming in before practice, staying after practice,” Theisen noted. “Eventually, the shots are going to start to fall, and today the floodgates kind of opened early.
“ … It’s easy to coach when we’re making that many 3s,” he added with a grin. “There aren’t too many adjustments to make. You’ve just got to keep getting open shots.”
Freshman guard Klaire Caldwell also hit five shots from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points for Dow, while Alexa Kolnitys scored all 12 of her points on four 3-pointers.
The Chargers got four treys from four different players — Kolnitys, Chloe McVey, Caldwell, and Rey — in the opening minutes of the game and bolted out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead.
Dow went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter to extend to a 31-12 advantage before the Raiders scored the next seven points to cut it to 31-19. The teams traded buckets for the rest of the half, and the Chargers sank four more triples during that span to carry a 46-30 lead into the break.
Dow was 11 of 21 from beyond the arc in the first half, and Rey and Caldwell combined for seven of those treys.
Theisen said his team leaders’ chemistry and selflessness played a big role in their scoring outburst.
“This core group, the seniors and juniors, have played together now since they’ve been in fourth or fifth grade. They know where each other’s going to be, and they just have a feel for the floor and finding each other,” he noted.
” … They’re all such unselfish players. They have a good feel for the game, they’re all high IQ players, and sometimes it’s almost like they’re passing up good shots and trying to create something better,” he added. “It’s fun to watch when they’re playing at that level.”
The Chargers drilled four more 3-pointers in the first 3:40 of the second half and went on a 17-4 run to open up a comfortable 67-34 lead, effectively sealing the victory.
Dow shot 43 percent (27 of 63) from the floor to Flushing’s 39 percent (17 of 44), outrebounded the Raiders 41-26, and had a big edge on the offensive glass, outboarding FHS 20-5 on that end and finishing with a 22-7 advantage in second-chance points.
Jada Garner had 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists for the Chargers, while McVey had seven points and six rebounds.
Rey and Caldwell also grabbed six boards apiece, while Kolnitys had five assists.
For Flushing (1-2), Alex Long led the way with 13 points and six rebounds, while Keeli Lindstrom had nine points, Sarah Rambus had eight points and eight boards, and Lauren Brokaw also scored eight points.
“It was just a high-scoring, fun game to watch,” Theisen said.
Dow will head to Lapeer on Monday.