MORAVIA — Thanks to a two week break without a game, the Blue Devils were rested and ready.
Moravia girls basketball then took its bottled up energy and released it on Candor.
The Blue Devils rode a stellar defensive effort to a 49-18 win over the Indians Tuesday at Moravia High School, making for the second time this season that Moravia has held an opponent under 20 points. The other was an 80-14 win over Trumansburg on Dec. 11.
Moravia has also held opponents under 30 points two other times.
This latest win extends the Blue Devils' streak to seven games.
It wasn't a case of low shooting percentage by Candor, though that certainly helped. The Blue Devils defense was a few steps ahead of the Indians offense on almost every possession, tipping or intercepting passes and forcing frequent turnovers.
"Early on Candor was getting to their right hand too much but I think we figured that out and took it away. We rotated well," Moravia coach John Crossgrove said. "The girls hadn't played in two and a half weeks — they had a long layoff and I think you could see they were pretty hungry.
"We've got nine girls that I think really get it now and get in the rotation. It's like wave after wave. I'm sure they're thinking we've got eight girls on the court, because that's what it kind of looked like."
That depth was on display as only one Blue Devil reached double digits in scoring, and that was Kate Baylor who scored 10. She also grabbed 11 rebounds to complete a double-double while shooting 4-for-6. Grace Wasileski scored nine points with seven assists and three rebounds, Sierra Lyon recorded six points, six rebounds and five assists, and Sophie Amos had seven points with six rebounds.
Maddy Kelly (six points) and Angie Oliver (four points) tied for the team lead with five steals apiece.
Baylor, Amos, Oliver and Gabby Kehoe make up a strong front court for Moravia, and they showed why its such a dangerous group against Candor. The Blue Devils grabbed 37 rebounds as a team, including 12 on the offensive end, and it was Moravia's bigs that helped the team pull away to a 32-9 lead at halftime.
"We've got four that rotate and play a lot," Crossgrove said of his front court. "It's kind of like a different person on a different night. In that second quarter it was Sophie and Kate that got on the boards and made a run. To have that kind of depth should pay off for us."
Moravia's offense, while it generated some nice looks, didn't score as heavily in the second half. The Blue Devils only scored one point in the fourth quarter while protecting a big lead, and that's an aspect Moravia will continue to work on moving forward. Against Candor, the Blue Devils shot 31 percent from the field.
"We still didn't shoot the ball great tonight," Crossgrove said. "We've got to keep having faith in our shot, keep playing defense with passion, and keep focusing when we're executing our plays. We did a little bit of all three of those things at times tonight."
Moravia (8-1) has a showdown at Newfield Friday. The Trojans were ranked 18th in the state in the most recent rankings.