Beaver sparks rout of Graceland
Crawford County sophomore guard Bianca Haverstock has been averaging just 15 points less than Graceland Christian’s entire team, so Monday night’s hoops contest in Marengo wasn’t expected to be much of a battle.
And it wasn’t.
While Haverstock scored 15 points to lead her team, senior forward Rikki Beaver posted a season-high 12 to provide a second-half spark that ignited the Lady Pack to a 60-30 rout of the Lady Warriors.
“Rikki played really well tonight and kind of got us going,” Crawford first-year coach Hal Pearson said. “Tonight, a lot of what we got offensively came from running an offense. In December, this type of game might have been a nail-biter.
“Bianca is one who lets the game come to her. If this had been a close game, I think you would have seen her come get the ball. This game she missed a couple of shots, but she got everyone else involved.”
Beaver was 6-9 from the floor and had two quick buckets to start the third quarter, when host Crawford (7-10) outshot the visitors, 6-13 to 1-9, and forced eight turnovers.
The lone basket by Graceland in the period came at 4:33 on a triple by Julie Beckley, who led her team with nine points.
Graceland (6-12) led on an early bucket by Beckley before Crawford finished a 20-10 run at the first stop. Kacie Gayheart and Haverstock kept the Lady Pack offense in gear with two baskets apiece to help push the cushion out to 31-14 and 33-16 at the half.
The pivotal third quarter saw the hosts shred Graceland, 15-3.
“I hated to come out on (Graceland) that hard, but I wanted my team to play three good quarters. We don’t play much zone, so it made no sense to work on that with that group in there,” Pearson said. “I think by doing that we are learning to maintain our intensity level. We were able to pull ahead and do some things. Our intensity stayed the same and that created our offense.”
The bench came through in the final period for the Lady Pack, outscoring the visitors, 12-11 behind several points from Marlea Riddle, who finished with nine points and two three-pointers.
For the game, the Lady Pack shot 23 of 55 from the floor and 2-10 from three-point territory. They hit 12 of 22 frees as well.
Graceland was held to 11 of 45 shooting and hit just eight of 16 free throws. Crawford out-rebounded the Lady Warriors, 38-34, and committed 17 turnovers to Graceland’s 24.
Rounding out the scoring for Crawford, Kim Presley had 10 points, Gayheart six, Tori Beaver four, and Amanda Benson and Jessica Benham both had two.
Graceland was led by Beckley’s nine and Jamie Crawford’s seven. April Stewart scored six in the loss.