It took some time for the Beatrice girls basketball team to get warmed up Friday night, but they would eventually pull away for a blowout victory over Columbus in their season opener.
The Lady O defeated the Discoverers 64-39 at the Ozone in Beatrice.
Beatrice just led by two at half time before pulling away in the second half. Lady O head coach Dennis Coudeyras said Columbus ran a match zone defensively and it caused them some problems.
“We thought we were ready and we weren’t,” Coudeyras said. “We looked ugly and stagnant. Us coaches didn’t make any great coaching changes at half time, the girls just played so much better and more relaxed in the second half. I wish I can say it was our coaching at half time that changed things, but it wasn’t. The girls just played better.”
Michaela Jones led the Lady O with 28 points while Addie Barnard and Carley Leners also scored in double figures with 16 points and 14 points respectively.
“Michaela is going to get her points, so we tell the other girls we need some scoring out of the,” Coudeyras said. “We’ve got some people that can shoot some threes and we are going to have two or three people in double figures a lot. We think we have a lot more balance, which we showed in the second half.”
The game opened with a scoring drought by both teams. Beatrice’s Carley Leners broke the drought with a basket with 5:27 left in the first quarter.
Columbus answered with a three pointer, but a three pointer by Michaela Jones and a three point play by Addie Barnard extended the Beatrice lead to 8-3.
Columbus came back with a free throw, but Jones followed that up with two free throws. Columbus finished the first quarter scoring with a basket, making it 10-6 after one quarter.
The Discoverers made it 10-7 immediately in the second quarter. Jones came back with a jumper and Leners followed that up with a basket to make it 14-7 in favor of the Lady O.
Columbus came back with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 14-13. Jones finally ended the run with a jumper, but a three pointer by Columbus tied it at 16-16.
Another two points by Leners was answered by Columbus, but Jones came back with five straight points to make it 23-18. Columbus knocked down a three pointer just before half time to make it 23-21 at the break.
The Lady O would begin to pull away in the third quarter. Barnard scored the first eight points for Beatrice in the quarter, getting them out to a 31-24 lead. Columbus ended the run with a three pointer, but Olivia Aden answered with a three pointer. A basket in the post by Leners and a putback basket by Jones extended the lead to 38-27.
Columbus made it 38-29, but Beatrice finished the third quarter with a basket by Jones and a buzzer beating basket by Leners to make it 42-29 after three.
Beatrice piled it on in the fourth quarter. A basket by Leners, a three pointer by Mak Hatcliff and eight straight points by Jones made it 55-31. The Lady O wouldn’t look back on their way to the 64-39 win.
In addition to the leading scorers, Aden and Hatcliff had three points each for the Lady O.
“We got some young players and we’ve got some seniors who can really come in and help us,” Coudeyras said. “The girls play hard and that is the first thing we ask. They’ve been really good about that.”
Beatrice is now 1-0 on the season and will be in action again on Thursday when they travel to Crete.
Thursday girls scores
DILLER-ODELL 43, PAWNEE CITY 27
Pawnee City 10 4 6 7 -- 27
Diller-Odell 12 18 3 10 -- 43
Pawnee City--Bekoning 5, Beethe 2, Branek 6, Martin 4, Bleecha 2, Wilcox 2, Branch 2, Menning 9.
Diller-Odell--Heideman 2, Barnts 2, Craw 2, Jones 9, Smith 4, Denner 12, Vitosh 9, Swanson 1, Buresh 2.
FRIEND 75, LEWISTON 25
Friend 34 24 10 7 -- 75
Lewiston 7 3 7 8 -- 25
Friend--Stats not provided.
Lewiston--Arena 2, Keyes 1, Wehrbein 13, Fulton 9.
TRI COUNTY 38, WILBER-CLATONIA 9
Tri County 12 9 13 4 -- 38
Wilber-Clatonia 0 2 7 0 -- 9
Tri County--Freese 7, Weichel 5, Lijewski 11, Chavez 4, Niemeyer 2, Strein 4, Wattjes 5.
Wilber-Clatonia--Hajek 2, Johnson 1, Moldenhauer 4, VanLaningham 2.
FREEMAN 57, PALMYRA 17