BEAVERCREEK — The host Beavercreek Beavers needed just the first 5 minutes and 27 seconds of the opening quarter to get all the breathing room they needed in Wednesday’s Nov. 29 girls basketball game against visiting Xenia.
Beavercreek (1-2) reeled off the first 20 points of the game during that time, and kept pulling away, for an eventual 95-19 win.
First, Carmen Williams scored the first four points of the game, then Lexi Moore sank a jump shot from the right side, and then another from the left side to make it 8-0. Cori Dilsavor hit a 3-pointer from the left side to make it 11-0 at the 5:09 mark, Bailey Draughn added a free throw, Dilsavor drained another trey, and Williams scored from inside.
Suddenly the game became a rout, before Xenia could even get on the scoreboard.
Ten Beavercreek players scored points in the contest, and six of them finished in double figures. Alyssa Hall led the way with a game-high 17 points,Dilsavor was next with 13, Draughn and Williams each tossed in 12, Trinity Bean was next with 10, and Moore almost joined the double-figure scoring club, finishing with nine.
Beavercreek opened its season with back-to-back games against last season’s Division I regional semifinalists Lakota West and Cincinnati McAuley, losing both games. Coach Ed Zink said he wanted to play two of the state’s best teams right off the bat, in order to help prepare his team for the season ahead.
“We knew our schedule at the beginning was going to be very very tough, but we’re trying to get the kids ready for the league, we’re trying to get them ready for the post season tournament, and obviously I think it helped us to play that kind of competition. That helped us tonight,” Zink said.
Zink will throw his kids back into the tournament-level fire at 2 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 2when his Beavers team heads to Cincinnati to take on defending Division I state champ Mount Notre Dame.
Trinity Morton-Nooks wound up as the game’s second leading scorer with 15 points. Reaghan Wakefield added three points and Alashia Adams hit a free throw for the Buccaneers.
Xenia had boarded its bus and headed home, and so first-year coach Jamie Hand was not available for comment after the game. But Zink urged the young Bucs not to get discouraged.
“I think Jamie’s got them playing hard. They’re young, and they don’t have a whole lot of experience, but yet I thought they played hard throughout,” Zink said. “He’s gonna have them playing better by the end of the year. You’ll see them get better.”
Xenia (0-2) returns to action on Monday, Dec. 4. They’ll host Springfield Shawnee for a 7:30 p.m. game at Xenia High.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.