THANK YOU for filling the Dome and cheering on your Beavers. Although the girls fell short against the third ranked Blue Dragons, I felt that we played very well. The girls were down 6 at half-time and started the second half rather slow and saw the score quickly go the opposite direction we needed it to. The girls battled for 40 minutes and played their hearts out. We couldn’t overcome the hot shooting of the Blue Dragons and we had a few turnovers that got the best of us. With 5 minutes remaining we made a run to get the deficit to eight points before it got away from us.
Your Beavers didn't play very well last night at Garden City and the end result was a big loss to move the Beavers to 1-3 in conference play. A zone defense and a tremendous amount of athleticism offensively was no match for us. We trailed the entire contest and it just got worse as the game went on. Not a lot of positive stats to talk about as the Broncobusters did a great job of taking away our strengths and we did a great job of allowing them to score.
Women’s basketball took care of business at Dodge City on Saturday, but we made it very eventful! Long story short, we were down 7 with 3:30 to play. The girls battled back and took the game to overtime. In OT we held Dodge City scoreless and came home with a 80-73 win. Tatiana Grant was VERY impressive again with 42 points and 14 rebounds. We actually had three Beavers record double-doubles. Elle Stein had an uninspired first half and came out in the second half and did what we needed her to do scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kari Devlin also had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
We lost another tough; hard fought battle last night. Our girls left it all on the floor and actually played great basketball, the ball just didn’t bounce our way late. We were down seven leading into the break and came back and played great team basketball to start the second half. Much like 4 of our 5 losses, the 2nd half went back and forth with each team making plays. With 44.7 left we saw ourselves down 3. We missed two free-throws to cut the lead to one, a quick foul put Cloud at the line for 1 and 1 and we gave up an offensive rebound.
The Beavers dropped their first conference game 66-76 after a very poor shooting performance (31.4%). The game was back and forth all night with six lead changes and the largest lead only being four points until late in the contest. Three of our five starters combined to go 2-30 from the field and as a team we were 0-13 from the three-point line. The home team Cougars shot 20 more free-throws than the Beavers and we came home with the loss.
Well, we came up a little short, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort. The team played extremely hard last night and fought until the very end. The Beavers took a 36-33 lead into half-time and quickly extended the lead to seven. The Grizzly offensive attack was too much for the Beavers as they quickly saw their lead diminish and saw themselves down 13 with late in the contest. The final score was 76-85 and the loss dropped the Beavers to 13-3 on the year with the much anticipated conference schedule beginning on Saturday at Barton County.
Saturday, January 4th the Beavers traveled to Tonkawa, Oklahoma and came back victorious. After a month off we were pleased with the way the kids played. The first nine minutes were nothing to be proud of, but we continued to improve as the game went on. The Beavers took a 50-40 lead into the half and increased the lead as the game went on. The Beavers scored 95 points and only played the seven players that came back from Christmas break on time. The final was 95-70.