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.