A cold second quarter doomed the Beckman girls’s basketball team to a 56-40 WaMaC loss at Central DeWitt, Jan. 28, to drop the Blazers to 7-10 on the year.
The teams had stayed even through the first quarter, with the Sabers up 12-11. But the Blazers could manage just four second quarter points in the time the Sabers dumped 18 for a 30-15 deficit at half.
In the third the teams matched tallies again, with the Blazers scoring 13 and the Sabers 14. The Blazers outscored the Sabers in the fourth, 14-12, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Coach Chad Thomason added, “Another night in the WaMaC, another tough team. That second quarter got away from us but, besides that, we hung right with them. Our defense has been consistently looking better and tonight was another big step for us.”
Individual stat leaders: scoring — Lauren Osterhaus 13 (one trey), Paige McDermott 12(one), Kennedy Arens nine (two), Shelby Pirc seven; rebounds — Osterhaus six, Kristi Bries five, Arens four, Pirc three, Makayla Koelker, Olivia Pirc and Keeley Schmitt two, Lil McDermott one; steals — Arens and Olivia Pirc two, Koelker, Osterhaus and Paige McDermott one; assists — Koelker, Osterhaus, Bries and Lil McDermott two, Paige McDermott one.
Solon traveled to Beckman Jan. 31 and found a buzz saw waiting, when the Blazers handed them a 51-44 loss to avenge a 54-47 loss they suffered at Solon Dec. 20.
It didn’t actually start that way. The Spartans took the early lead and were up 10-7 after the first quarter, due mainly to six missed Blazer free throws. In the second quarter things changed. The Blazers still trailed, but by only a point, 14-13, when Arens dumped a lay-in off an Osterhaus pass. They took the lead with an old-fashioned three point play from Osterhaus, 16-15. Back-to-back treys from Spartans Clarie LaDage and Ava Stebral built it back, 21-16, before Arens converted another Osterhaus assist at the buzzer for a 21-18 halftime mark.
The teams traded baskets to start the third, then Osterhaus went on a run, scoring six that were marred only by a MaKinley Levin three to trail 28-26 midway through the frame. Osterhaus, who ended the night with a game-high 22, then combined with Olivia Pirc for the final six points of the frame and a 32-28 lead. They never lost it.
Those missed free throws of the first quarter became a forgotten thing of the past. The Blazers converted 10-of-13 in the final eight minutes and allowed the Spartans to get no closer than three the entire frame.
“This was a great team win tonight,” said Thomason. “I am so proud of this group, avenging a loss from earlier in the year. The press gave us some trouble tonight at the end but we did just enough to pull out the win. We are playing well at the correct time of the year. We just need to get everyone healthy again.”
Individual leaders were: scoring — Osterhaus 22 (one), Arens 15, Paige McDermott 10, Pirc four; rebounds — Arens six, Osterhaus five, Olivia Pirc four, Schmitt and Paige McDermott three, Bries and Koelker one; steals — Osterhaus four, Arens and Paige McDermott two, Olivia Pirc, Bries and Koelker one; blocks — Osterhaus one; assists — Osterhaus four, arens and Paige McDermott two, Koelker, Bries and Olivia Pirc one.