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Ashley Engelken brings the ball down low.

With a 24-7 third-quarter bulge, the Beckman girls’ basketball team grabbed firm control of its game with West Delaware, Dec. 17, at home and went on to win, 57-33, putting the Blazers at 6-1 on the season.

Both teams were offense-shy in the first half, with the Blazers leading just 16-13 at the break. The Hawks came out fired up and scored the first five points of the half to lead 18-16. But it was the last time they would see that side of the ledger. Olivia Pirc, who led all scorers with 21, turned in her patented under the basket move to tie the game with a little over six minutes left in the third. Lauren Osterhaus added a lay-up off a Paige McDermott pass and then McDermott stole the ball and converted for a 22-18 Blazer lead, all in under a minute.

The Blazers weren’t done yet. Ashley Engelken hit free throws, Osterhaus completed a steal and lay-up twice and the lead was 28-18, forcing Hawk coach Rod Conrad to call his second timeout in two minutes. They did get a basket from Kayla Felton off that break but the Blazers responded with tallies from Pirc and Keeley Schmitt to push the lead to 12 points, 32-20.

Another Hawk basket, from Hailey Hellmann, gave them their last score of the quarter and the Blazers answered with the next eight straight points, leading 40-22 when the dust cleared. The fourth quarter was much the same, with the Blazers answering single Hawk scores with multiple baskets to keep the lead in double figures.

Coach Chad Thomason added, “We struggled again in the first half, but the press got us out of our funk and we played with a lot more energy in the second half. I thought we attacked the basket well and crashed the offensive boards as well. This was another great team effort and we never gave up.”

Beckman’s leaders were: scoring — Pirc 21, McDermott 12 (one trey), Osterhaus eight, Arens seven, Engelken four, Schmitt and Makayla Koelker two, Kristi Bries one; rebounds — McDermott eight, Pirc six, Arens five, Osterhaus four, Bries and Engelken two, Koelker one; steals — Arens six, Osterhaus four, Schmitt three, Engelken, Koelkeer, Bries, McDermott and Pirc one; blocks — Osterhaus and Schmitt one; assists — Engelken and Arens four, Koelker, Osterhaus, Schmitt, Bries, McDermott and Pirc one.