KEARNEY — Kearney Catholic’s Olivia Micek had a career night.
The senior guard scored a career-high 26 points and pulled down seven boards in the Stars’ 50-42 win over the Ord Chanticleers on Friday.
“I think the main thing is she’s willing to do more things,” Kearney Catholic coach Rick Petri said. “We play her a lot of minutes, probably too much sometimes. She’s just a steadying influence when she’s on the court.”
Micek stepped up in the third quarter.
After the Stars (2-1) struggled to get going from deep, Petri told his team to start attacking the basket, which they did with ease.
It started with Micek’s ability to get to the rim with ease and draw quick fouls on Ord’s Abbi Stethem and Megan Benton.
Another area where Kearney Catholic flourished was on the defensive side of the ball.
The Stars forced the Chanticleers to turn the ball over a staggering 38 times, including 21 times in the second half.
“We want to make teams try and adjust to our press. We’ll run it a couple different ways if we need to,” Petri said. “We ran it a little bit differently last night then we did tonight. Fortunately the girls did a great job of responding to the adjustments we try to make and what they’re doing. I thought the kids did a great job.”
Another area for Kearney Catholic is to start the game with a better sense of urgency.
In their first three games this season, the Stars have averaged 15 points in the first half compared to 47 points in the second half.
“I thought we played fairly well the first half,” Petri said. “We were 5 of 13 from the free-throw line and 0 of 10 from the 3-point line. Part of the message at halftime was better shot selection. Defensively, I thought we did some of the things we wanted to do.”
Kearney Catholic will travel to Ravenna on Tuesday.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
“We’re going to have to put the ball in the basket,” Petri said. “Obviously Jordyn Fiddleke is a tremendous player. You’re never going to limit her. She’s so quick and she shoots the ball so well. We can’t let her go off for 40 points. We’ll try and do some different things and do the stuff that we do.”