GREEN ISLAND — Doane Stuart’s Angela Calcagno had a clean look from the left baseline, just inside the arc, in the middle of Tuesday’s game against Heatly. She put up a shot that looked like it was sure to fall.
“It went around and around . . . and dropped out,” Doane Stuart coach Phil Carducci said.
“It was a rough night.”
Had the shot, Doane Stuart’s best of the night, dropped in, the basket would have cut Heatly’s lead from 40 or so — Carducci lost track — to . . . 2.
“When you are rooting for the other team to score,” Heatly coach Brian Ford said, “that tells you how screwy a night it was.”
“He [Carducci] set up a good play,” Ford continued. “Everybody in the [Heatly] gym wanted them to score.”
It was not to be. The Thunder Chickens would get no closer — to either the Hornets, or scoring, losing 69-0.
“I’ve never been shut out before,” Carducci said. “I don’t know what to say.”
Carducci said Heatly (7-2) did nothing to run up the score. “They backed off [from pressing], played half-court [defense], played zone,” the coach said. “We had our shots.
“They weren’t good enough to go in.”
Ford pulled starters — Kyra Oeffler did score her 1,000th career point in the game — and slowed the pace. The one thing a winning team can’t do is merely allow a team to score uncontested. Such a move would be considered disrespectful to the opponent and the game.
“It was kind of uncomfortable — not the ideal circumstances,” Ford said. “These games are really, really hard to coach.”
Doane Stuart, 1-5 on the season, went into the game shorthanded, contributing mightily to the loss.
“We were missing a lot,” Carducci, noting that both his captains were out with ankle injuries, and three other players are still overseas on vacation. “Pretty much, we’re a mess.”
“Four of the girls who played today came up from modified last year,” he added.
Carducci said that as a community college coach in the late 1970s, he once lost a game 74-10. Such scores in girls’ scholastic basketball are not unusual — even if the winning coach is doing everything, as Ford did, to keep the score down. Tuesday’s shutout, while startling for its margin, is not unprecedented.
“It happens,” Carducci said of the shutout.
“No, it doesn’t happen,” he quickly added.
Yes, it does, regardless of what either coach does.
None. Totals: 0-0-0.
Henderson 4-1-9, Oeffler 16-1-34, Rodford 2-0-4, McNulty 2-0-4, Heffern 1-0-2, Walls 2-0-4, Diaz 3-0-6, Legualt 2-0-4, Ries 2-0-4. Totals: 34-2-69.
Doane Stuart 0 0 0 0 — 0
Heatley 22 14 14 19 — 69
Three-point goals: Oeffler.