By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, OKLA.-It was back the Lady Dusters old calling card Tuesday night against county rival Turpin-pressure defense. Beaver had gone away from their trademark this season, but came back to it for a 42-23 win over Turpin.
"We've been kind of getting away from that, but that's been our bread and butter for so long," Lady Dusters coach Casey Jones said. "Hopefully this will help. We have some young people that some of this stuff is new to, and it was costing us. I was stubborn and sticking with it. We still practice it every day, and we are starting to get better at in there so we can use it a little more in games."
For the first six minutes of the game it was the Lady Dusters offense that was hurting them as Turpin took a 6-2 lead. But Sara Fredrick's putback basket after teammate Alyssa Mounsey's missed free throw seemed to spark Beaver. Beaver went on a 15-2 run, spurred on by multiple steals in their press, and led 17-10 at the half.
"When we got in our sets we scored, but for some reason it takes us too long to get in them," Lady Cardinals coach Gary Wallace said. "Our ball handling is still shaky, and it hurt us in turnovers."
Beaver continued to build on their lead in the second half, and increased it to double digits on Jacinda Balderamma's steal and layup with 5:40 left in the third. Turpin was never able to cut into the lead, and the Lady Dusters maintained their edge. Beaver reserves made a 13-point game into a 19-point difference over the final four minutes.
Neither team shot well from the free throw line. Turpin was 4 of 14, and Beaver made only 6 of their 25 attempts.
Beaver's Kalie Hoover led the Lady Dusters with 15 points, and Jacinda Balderrama added 8. Peyton Robinson paced the Lady Cardinals with 10, and Natalia Baeza added six.
Beaver will travel to Buffalo, Okla. Thursday for their first round game of the Buffalo Tournament. Turpin will face Boise City at 4 p.m., Thursday at the Texhoma, Okla. Tournament.