OAK HARBOR – Andrea Cecil’s grandfather, Tom Reineck, is always a little emotional with pride and therefore normally leaves Cecil’s games without talking to her.
Cecil didn’t have to wait for the customary phone call Tuesday as Reineck, who was a little choked up, remained to greet her. Cecil had 40 points to surpass her own single-game program mark and established Oak Harbor’s career scoring record in an 80-41 non-conference victory over Elmwood.
“He’s stayed after two games,” Cecil said of Monday and the game against Edison earlier this season when she scored 36 points for the old single-game mark. “He’s definitely my biggest fan. He always wants to be better. He compliments a lot but it’s usually constructive criticism.
“No matter how I do, I’ll get a call (suggesting something).”
True to form, Reineck said he would have preferred Cecil dropped in a few more of her 3-point attempts Tuesday, although he had to enjoy her step-back 3 off the dribble.
Cecil, who is a junior Bowling Green State University commit, has 1,164 points for her career. Amy Klavinger reached the old scoring mark from 1984-86.
“Right now, it is really special that I have the record, but it’s not as big a deal as it will be in however many years when I can look back and see them on the board,” Cecil said. “I have to set new sights. Since I was a freshman, 1,152 has been on my mind.”
Cecil went to the bench for good early in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
“She is always active,” Royals coach Doug Reynolds said. “That’s what separates her from average players. She knows where the ball is, how to get to the hoop and what to do with it. She’s hard to defend. Those are the keys for Cecil and that makes her great.”
Oak Harbor (13-8) led 44-16 after two quarters.
“Our team is coming together,” she said. “We look like we’re having fun. We’re passing well in transition. It has a lot to do with our start. We’ve got off to a great start these last two games.”
Cecil had 19 points in the second quarter, including three 3s and nine in the first.
“She came out ready to shoot,” Rockets sophomore Maddy Rathbun said. “She was aggressive and read to take it to the hole. It’s special because we all started off rough. She epitomizes how our season has gone. She had a rough start but she’s playing great and the team is playing great.
“We’re doing what we knew we could do.”
Cecil has taken her grandfather’s encouragement to heart. Rockets coach Tom Kontak sees her hard work.
“That’s the byproduct of all the effort and all the time in the gym traveling in the summer to make herself better,” he said of Cecil’s numbers. “Now that the players trust each other it opens everything up.”
Kontak was pleased with more than Cecil on Tuesday. Emma Barney added 14 points.
“The flow running up the floor — the wings are getting filled and everybody is contributing,” he said. “This group is in a rhythm. They’re worrying less about the consequences for one play or one game. Earlier in the season they were cautious and playing not to lose. As they’ve gained confidence and we’ve had eight or nine games with the full roster healthy the confidence is soaring.
“To make any (tournament) run you have to have five on the floor who have each others’ backs and will produce. They’ve earned each others’ trust. It’s still one game at a time.”