Canadian hands Lady Dusters first loss
Monday, 03 January 2011 16:29
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
Beaver High School girls basketball coach Casey Jones will be the first to say that his goal for every season is not to finish undefeated. The goal is to play well in the playoffs and reach the state tournament.
So, in the grand scheme of things, Thursday’s 61-57 loss to Canadian, Texas in the championship of the 83rd annual Canadian Holiday Tournament isn’t the end of the world.
“I use the term with the kids quite a bit: ‘Canadianized,’” Jones said. “They turn the lights out. It’s like introducing the Lakers. I guess it took us awhile to get our eyes back on. After that, we just didn’t play very well.”
Canadian jumped to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter and were down 37-27 at halftime. But the Lady Dusters (11-1) went on an 18-8 run in the third to tie it 45-all entering the final frame.
Canadian won the fourth quarter 16-12 to win the championship of their own tournament. Catie Rife led Beaver with 21 points and Anna McDonald 19.
In the second round game and te final game, we just didn’t play very well defensively,” Jones said. “Normally that’s one of our strong suits.”
In the semifinals, Beaver was down 9-0 to Gruver, Texas before pulling away for a 20-point win.
“We just didn’t play well defensively,” Jones said. “I was kind of disappointed in that. We’ll probably start working to correct that today (Monday).”
Now that they’ve got that first loss out of the way, the Lady Dusters can get back to the business of winning.
“I’ve told the kids all along that we don’t start out a year thinking that that’s what we want to be is undefeated,” Jones said. “Our goal is to be playing well in the playoffs and then make the state tournament. That’s our ultimate goal.”
•In the boys’ championship game, the Dusters never could quite get over the hump in a 48-44 loss to Panhandle, Texas.
Beaver (8-4( trailed just 6-5 after the slow-starting first quarter, and trailed 20-14 at the half and 30-26 after the third before falling 48-44.
Samuel Becker led the Dusters with 20 points and Cole Trippet 12.
The Dusters and Lady Dusters continue their traveling ways Tuesday night, heading back to the Texas Panhandle to face Follett. After a day off Wednesday, Beaver will take part in the Woodward tournament, along with Turpin and Firgan.
The ladies open with Turpin Thursday at 7 p.m. The boys take on Waynoka at 5:30.