By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
Sometimes it’s not the stats that decide who keys a victory. Friday night that was true for the Lady Dusters as Beaver scrapped for a gutty 23-21 win at the Oil Center Classic.
“Waynoka has a pretty good player in Chassidee Koehn,” Lady Dusters coach Casey Jones said. “She scored four early, but that was it. Jacinda (Balderrama) did a nice job, defensively, shutting her down.”
Balderrama only scored 6 points at the offensive end for the Lady Dusters, but her defense against Waynoka’s top scorer may have decided the game in favor of Beaver. Shelby Brown was the only Lady Duster to reach double figures at 11, while Waynoka had none.
Considering that Waynoka only scored 21 for the game, you could say they started the game on a tear, leading 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams struggled bad to find the bottom of the net in the second quarter with the two combining for only six points and a 12-all tie at halftime.
“You ought to be really happy when you only give up 21 points,” Jones said. “I bet we shot twice as many shots as they did, but we couldn’t get it to go in the hole. They really packed in their zone, and it made it really hard to get into the paint. We made some really good passes from the short corner, and skip passes that helped us set up a couple threes and shots in the paint.”
Beaver took the lead in the third, and was ahead 20-16 heading into the fourth quarter. The scoring woes continued into the fourth quarter with Waynoka scoring only 5 to Beaver’s 3, as the Lady Dusters held on for the win.
Beaver faced Canton Saturday for the consolation trophy, Saturday.