FAIRFIELD — Superior hit the road Saturday to take on the Sandy Creek Cougars. That afternoon, it was the Kalynn Meyer show. The 6-foot, 3-inch senior who is a Nebraska volleyball commit, showed us why she is an all-state athlete. Her 25 points were more than enough to power Superior to a 61-14 win over Sandy Creek.
“We played hard and kept the intensity up. We wanted to be aggressive on defense. I felt like they did that you know. We jumped out early and that makes the game a whole lot easier,” Superior head coach Jim Sullivan said.
From the opening tip, the Wildcats came out after a bucket and went to full court pressure. The pressure was strong and kept the Cougars from scoring a single point in the first quarter.
“We kind of hoped it would (be effective)...it is hard to come back from that kind of deficit,” Sullivan said. “We are a good team. You know we outsized them by a long ways and Kalynn (Meyer) is a tough matchup for anybody.”
The Wildcats had plenty of offensive fire power in this game. Scoring 19 points in the first quarter while holding Sandy Creek scoreless. Kalynn had eight points in the first quarter while her sister Shayla Meyer also contributed with eight points and Hallie Miller had three points.
The Cougars finally got on the board in the second quarter. Their first basket came at the five minute mark by Jaden Claycamp. She had five of the team’s seven total points in the quarter. As for the Wildcats, it was much of the same story. Kalynn Meyer went to work in the second quarter. She scored 14 points in the quarter. All but three of her points came from inside the paint. She attempted one 3-pointer in the game and she drilled it. Her teammates combined to score the remaining seven points scored in the frame, as Superior led 40-8 at half.
The Wildcats continued to break the game open in the third quarter. About halfway through the third, the Wildcats opened up a 40-point lead that set off the continuous clock. The Wildcats scored 12 points in the third, while the Cougars only made two baskets. Both baskets were made from Claycamp. Superior’s lead was 52-12 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, all of the points scored from the Wildcats were from the bench. Two 3-pointers from Sierra Balckburn led all scoring in the period. Her teammates Emma Schnakenberg and Atlee Kobza each had a bucket to contribute with the team total. Sandy Creek still was struggling to find any buckets, as they made no field goals. Their lone two points came from the free throw line Caileigh Tripe. Sandy Creek had eight attempts from the free throw line, but was 4-8 (50 percent) on the night.
“I told them we feel like we were more physically capable than what we shown, but right now we have a mental block against really good teams. We told them we need to get over that mental hump,” Sandy Creek head coach Jeremy Borer said, “The physical part isn’t going to click for us. To me it seems like we struggle against really good teams. We got skills to work on and it is a mental thing.”
Sandy Creek was led in scoring by Claycamp’s nine points, while her teammate Tripe scored four points.
Superior had a nice effort from their leader Kalynn Meyer, as she led the team in scoring with 25 points. Her head coach was very pleased.
“Typical Kalynn. That is her thing, you know, she is going to get some points and get a lot of rebounds. I don’t know what she had for rebounds, but she has a lot of them. She was about 29 rebounds short from setting the career all-time record,” Sullivan said, “I don’t think she got that today but maybe the next game.”
Superior also had a nice outing from Shayla Meyer. She contributed to the team by scoring a total of 16 points to help with the win, while Hallie Miller scored seven points.
Sandy Creek will play next against Blue Hill. Superior will play next at St. Cecilia.