Beaver plays keep-away from Hooker, 47-32 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 12:24

By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
HOOKER, Okla. — The Beaver Lady Dusters might be ranked in the Top 15 in Oklahoma and have an 18-2 record, but there’s two things the Lady Dusters have trouble with: tall girls and the zone defense.
Hooker has both, and both gave the Lady Dusters fits on Tuesday night. But in the end, good teams overcome adversity, and Beaver held on to beat Hooker 47-32.
Not only did Hooker throw a zone defense and put Shayla Mathis and Jade Cathcart underneath the basket, but Beaver was without the services of Catie Rife, who was out sick.
Ahead by just 10 points early in the fourth, Beaver head coach Casey Jones pulled his girls back in an attempt to run out the clock.
“I was telling them to back it out, but we were still running motion, we were still trying to score,”  Jones said. “But at times it seemed like we were running our offense at the half line and I don’t like that at all.”
“They were just trying to make us go man,” Hooker head coach Ray Kennedy said. “Eventually we had to.”
Jones was forced to waste times out to get his girls out of that. Hooker was forced to foul, just to get Beaver into the bonus so the Lady Dogs would at least get the ball back.
“That’s when we needed to turn it on and go ahead and try to attack and get 2-shot fouls,” Jones said. “When somebody plays a zone on us, that’s when we miss Catie. The zone slowed us down, it hurt us a little bit.”
Beaver got off to a quick start, jumping to a 23-7 lead after the first quarter, but Hooker out-scored the ladies 9-6 in the second.
Beaver led 37-25 after the third and cut it to 10 with 3:22 left.
Despite the loss, Kennedy was happy with his offense.
“I thought we executed really well on offense,” Kennedy said. “We got some things out of our offense that we hadn’t gotten in the past. It looks like we’re starting to click a litte bit and executing a lot better.”
Jones was pleased with his defense against Hooker’s taller post players. And his team made their free throws down the stretch, going 4-for-5.
“That’s been pretty good all year long,” Jones said.
Hooker will travel to Guymon on Friday while Beaver will host Texhoma in the Duster Dome. Texhoma was in Hooker Tuesday scouting the Lady Dusters.
“It’s a good rivalry and they’ve got a good ballclub,” Jones said. “They’ve got size and they play pressure defense. They’re probably licking their chops right now.”
Erin Becker led Beaver with 31 points and Anna McDonald added 12.
Shayla Mathis led Hooker with 12.

 
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