Beavercreek cruises to victory in first sectional tournament game


VANDALIA — Beavercreek used lockdown defense to overwhelm Troy 59-16 in its Division I sectional tournament opening game on Wednesday at Butler High School.

Beavercreek, the No. 2-seed in the Southwest District’s North region, held Troy scoreless for most of the first half. After allowing the game’s first two points, Beavercreek went on a 10-0 run that spanned most of the remainder of the quarter.

Up 18-7 later in the second, another 15-0 run closed out the half and as the Beavers rarely allowed an open shot attempt and ran the floor in transition for easy layups.

“We’re trying to improve on a couple of things,” head coach Aric Seilhamer said. “Need to be better about keeping the ball out of the paint and boxing out when rebounding, and that’s been our priority on the kids the last week or so.”

Beavercreek (17-6) worked on those fundamentals to great success against the 17th-seeded Trojans. The run from the end of the first half extended just under another five minutes into the third quarter as the Beavers built a 40-10 lead.

A basket by Lana Srbinovski sent the game into a running clock situation as the fourth quarter got underway. Beavercreek’s starters spent most of the final eight minutes cheering on their teammates from the bench as all 10 players that suited up got on the scoreboard by the final buzzer.

“We tell the kids when you share the ball and move the ball, basketball is a lot easier and it was a great what they did,” Seilhamer said.

Mia Patterson had 11 points and Charlotte Pauling scored 10 as the only players to reach double figures.

Beavercreek advances to play No. 11 Wayne in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 back at Butler HS.

The Beavers won both regular season meetings against the Warriors, but were challenged both times. Beavercreek won the first meeting by one and needed a buzzer beating shot to avoid overtime in the rematch.

“It was nice to get this win and now we get a week,” Seilhamer said. “We’ve played Wayne twice and know that they’re hungry to get us the third time we play.”

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