BEAVERCREEK — The plan for the Beavercreek Lady Beavers to knock off state-ranked Centerville on Saturday was simple: Contain Shannon Coffee and make another Lady Elk step up.
The 6-foot-5 junior scored a game-high 19 points and a herd of Lady Elks chipped in as Centerville won 57-31 in the final regular season game for Beavercreek. Maddi Shannon and Aubrey Zimmerman, in her final regular-season game, each had five points for the Lady Beavers.
“They’ve got so many kids that can score” Beavercreek coach Ed Zink said. “You try to hold one down, they’ve got (Shannon) Reilly, and (Tori) Harrison, and (Naddiyah) Cross and (Maggie) Schutter.”
Reilly scored nine while Bethany Krause and Cross each had eight for Centerville (18-3, 8-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference Central).
Coffee scored nine points in the first quarter to help Centerville lead 17-7 after the first quarter and pretty much put the game away. Centerville led 30-18 at halftime and 50-28 after three quarters.
It wasn’t all bad for Beavercreek. In another gutsy performance against an elite team, the Lady Beavers (14-8, 6-4 Greater Western Ohio Conference Central) held Centerville 18 points below their scoring average, but they could not make up the difference on offense scoring 18 points under their average while turning the ball over 27 times.
“Defensively they just keep coming at you,” Zink said. “They’re good. When we had open looks we couldn’t hit them.”
That’s the Centerville modus operandi.
“We try to get after it full floor and try to cause havoc,” Elks coach Adam Priefer said. “In the halfcourt we did a very good job. We had a ton of deflections.”
With the regular season over and out, the Lady Beavers now look forward to Saturday’s 11 a.m. tournament opener against Trenton Edgewood at Troy High School.
“We have a shot in the first three games and hopefully we’ll get to Mason (for the district final),” said senior Jordan Elliott. “This has been the best season I’ve played in.”
Zink thinks the brutal GWOC schedule and difficult non-conference games will help now that everyone is 0-0 again.
“You like to think the tougher schedule gets your kids ready for the tournament,” he said. “We’ve got three winnable games. We’ve got to learn from games like this.”