VANDALIA — Beavercreek girl’s basketball coach Ed Zink knew that his team had played well defensively against Butler, and when the final horn sounded, it was revealed that Beavercreek had forced 25 turnovers and caused the Lady Aviators to shoot 40 percent from the field as Beavercreek rolled to a 48-24 victory at the Butler Student Activity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Beavercreek, which led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and 21-14 at the half, used a second half surge that saw them outscore the Lady Aviators 14-6 in the third quarter and 13-4 in the fourth quarter.
“I think that we just played more aggressively and we were trapping better off the ball screens,” Beavercreek senior Aubrey Zimmerman said of the difference in the second half. “And we just got more aggressive.”
Beavercreek (4-2) was led by Zimmerman, who scored 13 points. Sophomore guard Maddi Shannon scored nine points on three 3-pointers and sophomore forward Kayla Shields finished with eight points. Junior guard Jennifer Chaltry added seven points.
Beavercreek never trailed in the contest, but allowed Butler to pull within one point with 4:43 remaining in the third quarter as Butler sophomore center Abby Grooms received a pass in the paint, got foul while missing the shot and buried one of two free throws to cut the Beavercreek lead to 21-20.
Beavercreek stayed in a man to man defense and forced eight more turnovers while going on a 14-0 run. The run began when Shannon buried a 3-pointer from the right corner and soon after, Zimmerman hit a free throw, Shields hit a layup with a plus one free throw and Chaltry and senior guard Jordan Elliott each added a basket. Rachel Mitchell ended the quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing to give Beavercreek a 34-20 lead.
“I think midway through the third quarter, we finally decided to start putting a little bit more pressure on them,” Zink said. “And it seemed like early on we were kind of passive on defense and we just played tentative again. But I thought midway through the second and third quarter and all through the fourth (quarter), we really turned it up.”
Butler guard Shelby Moses opened the fourth quarter with a layup to cut the Beavercreek lead to 35-22, but the Lady Battlin’ Beavers responded with another run, this time by a margin of 13-2. Following another Butler turnover, Elliott buried a 3-pointer, Chaltry and Zimmerman each added a layup, junior Natalie Knight buried a pair of free throws. Shannon buried her third 3 pointer and Shields hit a free throw to help Beavercreek secure the victory.
Beavercreek will look for its second consecutive victory and fourth in its last five games when it travels to Xenia on Saturday, Dec. 14. Two days later, the Lady Battlin’ Beavers will host Chaminade Julienne.