Lil McDermott goes up for a lay-in while getting pressure from South Winn’s Allison Kriener.

When a team builds a 21-1 first-quarter lead and adds to it, 41-2 by halftime, it pretty much delivers a win to that team.

That’s what happened when the Beckman girls’ basketball team faced South Winneshiek (2-18) for a Class 2A Region 1 first-round win, 45-9, at Beckman, Feb. 13.

The Blazers completely overpowered the Warriors, taking advantage of their knowledge of a man-defense, something the Warriors never face in their conference play in the Upper Iowa. The Blazers had hands in the passing lanes, stole the ball constantly and blocked a ton of shot attempts.

Lil McDermott began the night with a three and then proceeded to take advantage of steals from the South Winn guards eight times for easy lay-ups during the first half. Kennedy Arens added a couple as well and it seemed as if there were just two players running the length of the floor for the entire first half.

Lauren Osterhaus, credited with nine steals in the game, started that ball roiling most of the time and Arens finished with eight steals. McDermott was the recipient most of the time, breaking loose for 25 points, all in the first half.

With the 35-point clock running from the start of the second half, the Blazers didn’t push hard and the bench came in to run the rest of the game.

Coach Chad Thomason added, “It was a nice win. Our first-half defense was tremendous. That was the difference. We got a lot of steals and they led to a lot of easy baskets.

“Any win in the post-season is huge. We just need to carry the momentum into next week.” The Blazers face Cascade there Feb. 16.

Beckman’s leaders were: scoring — McDermott 25 (two threes), Arens and Shelby Pirc six, Keeley Schmitt and Osterhaus (one) three, Jenna Lansing two; rebounds — Schmitt six, Pirc five, Arens four, Osterhaus and Lansing three, McDermott two; blocks — Arens and Lansing two, Osterhaus, Pirc and Schmitt one; steals — Osterhaus nine, Arens eight, Lansing three, Trista Schmidt, McDermott and Pirc one; assists — Arens five, Osterhaus four, McDermott three, Schmitt two, Lansing one; turnovers — 17.