By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla. — Foul trouble has been the bane of Beaver’s existence all season. When they get in it early, they struggle. When they don’t, they soar. A good example was Friday night’s Class A district matchup against Laverne in the Duster Dome.
Beaver got in early foul trouble, and found itself down 11-7 after the first quarter and tied at 18 at the half.
The Dusters outscored Laverne 10-3 in the third and pulled away for a 48-30 win. The victory sends Beaver to the district championship Saturday night against Hooker. Both the Dusters and Bulldogs are now set for the regional tournament in Woodward next weekeend, only the seeding needs to be determined.
“In the first half we were really out of rhythm because of foul trouble,” Beaver head coach Brian Stalder said. “Both of my big guys were, so I was hoping to be close at half and be able to finish up in the second half, and we did.”
Beaver (15-8) had two turnovers and a travel violation to start the game, but Laverne (17-5) was struggling, as well.
Freshman Trevor Harris gave Laverne a quick 3-0 lead after two scoreless minutes to open the game. Harris quickly put Laverne up 6-0 before Beaver’s Samuel Becker scored his team’s first points with 3:51 left in the first.
Beaver trailed 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, but surged back to tie it at 18 at halftime.
Down 15-14, McFarland went to the line and hit both shots for Beaver’s first lead, 16-15. Cole Trippet hit one freebie to pyut Beaver up by two, but Harris nailed a trey to put Laverne up 18-17.
A Trippet free throw tied it, and nobody scored in the last three minutes of the half.
Trippet gave Beaver the lead for good just a few seconds into the third quarter as the Dusters turned up the defensive pressure. Laverne managed just one field goal in the third as Beaver went on a 10-3 run, and dominated the fourth the win it.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort,” Stalder said.
Trippet led Beaver with 18 points, Becker added 13, David Rivera and McFarland seven each and Kalen Gabel two.
Harris, a freshman, led Laverne with 24, Seth Overstreet added eight, Darrell Nine scored four and Tucker Rolf one.