Points in the paint key Lady Dusters victory
Saturday, 15 January 2011 13:15
By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
FORGAN, Okla. — It not often in small town Oklahoma basketball that you get two schools situated only six miles apart. That close proximity often leads to hard-fought games like Friday night’s 55-38 Beaver Lady Dusters win over the Forgan Lady Bulldogs in the latest ladies edition of “The Six-Mile War”.
Quick starts at the start of each half proved to be the difference in this closely contested game. Beaver started the game with an 8-0 run, and a 6-0 run to start the second half. Otherwise, the game was played evenly with neither team scoring more than twice unanswered, and tough defense played a big part in that.
“Just pretty solid, good defense,” said Lady Dusters coach Casey Jones. “We gave up a few offensive rebounds in the first half, letting (Kenzi) Taylor get inside and get down so low and getting a board. I thought Forgan had to work real hard every trip; it’s not necessarily getting a steal as it is making them work hard for every basket. Brett (Trippet) does a great job of teaching how to beat that. We wanted to make sure nothing easy happens and we did that tonight.”
It was not as easy as it has often been this season for Beaver at the offensive end. Instead of getting a lot of points in transition off of steals from their full-court press, the Lady Dusters were forced to find it in their half-court offense.
Beaver’s trio of senior post players answered the call in the half-court offense. Anna McDonald scored 21, making 6 of 8 shots down low, and going 6 for 6 from the foul line. Catie Rife scored 12 of her 14 in the paint, and Erin Becker added 11.
Just how even was the middle of this game? After Rife scored her first points of the game with 1:17 left in the first quarter to put the Lady Dusters up 14-5, neither team scored an unanswered basket through the entire second quarter. Beaver led at the break 27-17.
Foul trouble became a concern midway through the third quarter when Forgan’s Samantha Leisher picked up her third and fourth fouls after just hitting her third 3-pointer of the game. Beaver’s Becker and McDonald each picked up their third fouls with just over two minutes left in the quarter.
Leisher, who finished with 9 points fouled out at the start of the fourth, leaving the Lady Bulldogs without an outside threat in their comeback attempt. Kenzi Taylor battled inside for Forgan all night, putting up 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 from the line before fouling out with just over two minutes to play.
Beaver out-rebounded Forgan 18 to 15, and picked up 5 steals. compared to Forgan’s 2. But what might have been the key for Beaver was 13 assists on 19 field goals.
Beaver improves their record to 15-2, and will host Turpin Tuesday. Forgan falls to 7-6, and travels to Balko Saturday before hosting Guymon Tuesday.
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