BEAVERCREEK — Perhaps it was nearly six years of losing frustration. Whatever it was that led host Beavercreek to a 61-28 trouncing of Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Centerville, Beavers coach Ed Zink would like to bottle it up and re-use it.
Beavercreek had lost 10-straight regular season meetings with Centerville, dating back to a 54-47 Beavers win at Centerville back on Feb. 11, 2010. On Wednesday in the fieldhouse that bares his name, Zink’s balanced team dominated the Elks.
“There’s no one in that gym who expected that,” Zink said, moments after awarding his 11-2, 2-1 GWOC Central team with a day off from practice. “I thought it would be a 3-, 4-, maybe 5-point game, but I certainly did not expect that. Our kids really played hard. They did a heckuva job. Defensively, we played really well. And obviously, I don’t think Centerville played as well as they normally do. We’ll have another game with them (Jan. 27) and I know they’ll be ready for us, but tonight our kids should enjoy this one because they did a great job.
“That’s one of the best games we’ve played in a long, long time.”
Beavercreek held a 12-6 lead after one quarter of play, and it seemed as if the two GWOC powers would be in for yet another back-and-forth battle. Then the Beavers outscored the Elks, 14-6 in the second quarter to grab a 26-12 lead at the break.
Both teams played pretty even in the third, with the Beavers holding serve with a 39-24 lead. But then when Zink subbed in his bench for a lot of the fourth quarter, the Beavers went on a roll. Beavercreek outscored Centerville, 22-4 in the fourth period of play.
All but two Beavercreek players scored at least two points in the win. Keaira Youngblood led the way with a game-high 13 points, Maddi Shannon finished with 12, Lexi Moore scored eight, while Jaelyn Bean and Alexa Low scored six apiece.
Victoria Harrison was limited to three points in the second half, but led Centerville (8-4, 1-1 GWOC Central) with 12 points. Kasey Perry was the only other Elks player who scored more than two points, finishing with six.
“I think our effort was lacking today, and we didn’t play very tough,” Centerville coach Adam Priefer said. “When you don’t bring the effort and you don’t play tough against Beavercreek, that’s what happens to you. Beavercreek did a good job of hustling and doing the things they needed to do in order to win today.”
The Elks will next host Kettering Fairmont at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for what could be another key GWOC Central game.
After consecutive losses to Huber Heights Wayne and Bellbrook right before the holiday break, Beavercreek has now won three straight. They’ll host Carroll for a tough non-league battle on Monday in their next contest.
“When you have a big win like tonight, you want to make sure that the team stays up for its next game. Carroll’s a very good team, and I know that they’ll be ready to play us on Monday,” Zink said.
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