COLUMBUS — The Scotus Central Catholic girls bounced back quickly from a heartbreaking one-point home loss Friday night to Pierce.

Marika Spencer led the Shamrocks with 11 points and fellow senior Grace Wickham added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers, as Scotus took down Class B ratings contender Crete less than 24 hours later.

The Shamrocks held Crete to just 10 points in the first half and a single bucket in the second quarter of their 53-36 victory at Dowd Activity Center. Both teams are now 4-2 on the season.

“The girls showed great character to come out and play the way they did today after last night’s disappointment,” Scotus head coach Jarrod Ridder said.

Scotus took control in the second quarter with a strong defensive performance. The Shamrocks outscored Crete 12-2 in the period and led 23-10 at halftime.

“We did a good job defensively against a very big Crete team,” Ridder said.

Crete got more from its offense in the second half, including eight of her game-high 14 points from Morgan Maly and 10 of her 12 from Camry Moore, but the Shamrocks kept pace over the final 16 minutes.

Bailey Lehr scored all nine of her points in the second half for Scotus, a C-1 ratings contender, and the team made 11 of 14 free-throw attempts after the break. The Shamrocks were 13 of 18 at the line for the game and hit four 3-pointers.

“We did a good job taking care of the basketball and passed extremely well,” said Ridder.

Crete made seven 3-pointers, including four from Maly, but was just 5 for 10 at the charity stripe.

Maggie Feehan added nine points, Shania Borchers scored seven and Kendra Wiese chipped in six for Scotus, which plays Friday at St. Paul.

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