Leader & Times staff report
WOODWARD, Okla. — It’s beginning to look like a potential Beaver County showdown is in the works for the 12th annual Oil Center Classic, as defending tournament champion Forgan and a pair of strong Beaver teams each won in the opening round on Thursday.
The Beaver Lady Dusters improved to 13-1 on the season with a 68-12 win over Turpin. Turpin scored just two points in the second half.
“We just played straight man-to-man, didn’t press,” Beaver head coach Casey Jones said. “We just ran out a little bit and pushed the up-tempo on offense, but defensively we didn’t push the tempo at all.”
Erin Becker led Beaver with 15 points, Jacinda Balderrama scored 12, Catie Rife 11, Anna McDonald 7, Shelby Brown 7, Cassie Howell 5, Kalie Hoover 4, Sara Frederick 4 and Jordan Jesko 3.
Beaver takes on Shattuck today at 4 p.m. in the Boomer Fieldhouse. The Shattuck girls whipped Canton 62-31, led by Daniela Galindo with 15 points and Katelyn Cummings 13.
“They’re long and athletic and run a wide-open type zone,” Jones said. “Sometimes that gives us a lot of trouble. They’ve got a super freshman that does a good job for them.”
The Duster boys had a similar result, downing Waynoka 79-49.
“We really had a sluggish first half defensively,” Beaver head coach Brian Stalder said. “We just didn’t play very well defensively.”
Beaver led 39-34 at halftime but held the Railroaders to 15 points in the second half.
Samuel Becker led Beaver with 26 points, Kalen Gabel scored 16, Cole Trippet 16 and David Rivera 10.
Beaver (9-4) will battle Mooreland in the semifinals tonight at 8:30. Mooreland beat Shattuck 60-38, led by Connor Ross with 18 points and Cody Kenny 16.
“They’ve got a new coach this year and brought in the coach’s son that makes them pretty solid,” Stalder said. “They’ve got two guards that score pretty well and a 6-3, 6-4 post that’s real athletic. We’ll have our hands full.”
The defending tournament champion Lady Bulldogs made quick work of Shaton-Mutual, 41-28. A 16-8 Forgan run in the third quarter made the difference
Kenzi Taylor led Forgan (6-4) with 18 points and Lindsey Trippet and Samantha Leisher 10 each for the Bulldogs.
Jessie Schmeling led Sharon-Mutual with 11 points.
Forgan will take on Mooreland tonight at 7 in the semifinals. Mooreland’s girls improved to 10-1 with a 76-20 rout of Waynoka as Kylea Wilson scored 28 points for Mooreland and Sarah Patton had 13.
The Forgan boys, defending champions of the tournament, opened their first round game against Canton with a 25-0 run to win 70-24.
Eleven players scored for Forgan led by Dalton Lemieux with 11 points and Jace Kerr with 10.
Turpin’s boys were tied with Sharon-Mutual 25-all at halftime before the Trojans broke things open to down the Cardinals 72-56.
Weston Mason had 22 points to lead the Trojans.
Forgan and Sharon-Mutual will play at 5:30 tonight in the semifinals. Turpin was taking on Canton this morning.
12th annual Oil Center Classic
Friday’s second round
Turpin vs. Canton, 10 a.m.
Sharon-Mutual vs. Waynoka, 1 p.m.
Beaver vs. Shattuck, 4 p.m.
Forgan vs. Mooreland, 7 p.m.
Canton vs. Turpin, 11:30 a.m.
Shattuck vs. Waynoka, 2:30 p.m.
Forgan vs. Sharon-Mutual, 5:40 p.m.
Beaver vs. Mooreland, 8:30 p.m.