By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TEXHOMA, Okla. - The Beaver Lady Dusters knocked down six threes in the first quarter, and nine of ten from beyond the arc in the first half, on their way to a 63-36 win.
“That’s never happened before, and probably won’t again,” Lady Dusters coach Casey Jones said. “It’s always nice to come out and hit like that because it makes everything else go.”
Beaver’s first four buckets were treys as the Lady Dusters jumped out to a 12-3 lead with 4:46 left in the first. Two more threes helped push the lead to 15 with 1:39 left in the first.
“They shot really well in the first half,” Lady Cardinals coach Jeff Funk said. “When you’re in a 3-2 zone and they are hitting shots like that, it’s probably going to be their night.”
With the score 24-11 midway through the second quarter, Beaver finished the half with a 15-1 run, including three more threes in the final two minutes to go up 39-12 at half.
By halftime, Beaver’s Jacinda Balderrama had hit four threes, and scored 15 of her game-high 16 points. Cassie Howell had already hit three triples to score 9 of her 11. Turpin's Ashli Funk scored 17.
The second half was far more positive for the Lady Cardinals than the first. Turpin was able to penetrate and draw fouls, or dump the ball off to post players for close attempts.
“We shot more inside tonight than we have all season, and our offense is designed to do that,” Funk said.
Turpin was able to get to the line for 20 free throws in the second half alone.
“We’ve got to stop fouling,” Jones said. “In crucial, tight games its cost us all season long. We’ve got to keep our hands back.”
Beaver led 48-22 by the end of the third, and finished the fourth with a 15-14 advantage to win by 27.
Turpin’s season ends with a 3-20 record.
“Proud of how our girls stuck together all season,” Funk said. “We could have folded at times, but the unity was great all year. We had a lot of injuries and a lot of things that could have made us quit. We fought to the end. I’m very proud of our seniors, and proud of our fans who stuck with us through it all.”
Beaver (11-13) faced Texhoma Saturday for the district title.