Beaverettes roll over Lady Pirates, advance to regionals
Members of the Falls City Beaverette basketball team celebrate their 52-29 win over Center Point to claim the Area Championship last Thursday evening in Pleasanton. Team members include (back, from left) Watergirl Alexis Sekula, Coach Brian Osuna, Watergirl Kaelan Cheatham, Amber Pruski, Kelsey Labus, Alyssa Dziuk, Tiffany Dziuk, Kristen Jendrusch, Kayla Purcell, Katie Johnson, Kaitlyn Jarzombek, Manager Ashley Lyssy, Manager Teree Jendrusch, Coach Travis Ehrlich, (front) Alysson Bluhm, Kendall Jurgajtis, Shaw Moy, Kayla Kotara, Camari Crawford, Ashleigh Blocker, Haleigh Blocker, Hatti Foster, and Manager Tessa Jendrusch. CAROLE GASKAMP/Contributor
PLEASANTON -- After enjoying a first-round bye in the playoffs, the Falls City Beaverette basketball team returned to action last Thursday, taking on Center Point for the area championship. The Beaverettes dominated the game from the onset, and returned home with a 52-29 win.
Head Coach Brian Osuna said his Beaverettes made some big “style” changes to start the 2011-12 season, and it seems clear the change is paying dividends. Falls City remains solidly ranked among the state’s top 10 teams, and the team is now poised for regional play.
During their game with Center Point, the Beaverettes came out strong during the first period, outscoring the Lady Pirates 12-4. Falls City quickened the pace even more in the second period, dropping in 20 points, and taking a 32-16 lead into the locker room.
The scoring frenzy slowed in the second half as both defenses tightened their belts. The Beaverettes continued to maintain the scoring advantage, though, and led 41-23 after the third. The Lady Pirates were held to just 6 points in the final stanza, while Falls City added another 11 to the board. When the clock finally expired, it was the Beaverettes advancing to the regional quarterfinals with a 52-29 victory.
Ashleigh Blocker led the Falls City offensive effort with 17 points on the night, followed by Camari Crawford with 10 points. Kaitlyn Jarzombek and Tiffany Dziuk each scored 4 for the Beaverettes, and Alysson Bluhm, Haleigh Blocker, and Shaw Moy each scored 3 points. Kayla Kotara, Hatti Foster, Kayla Purcell, and Kristen Jendrusch also scored during the game.
The Beaverettes advanced to face Mason in the regional quarterfinal. The game was scheduled to be played Feb. 21, but results were unavailable as of press time. The winning team was to advance to the Region IV tournament, scheduled to be played Feb. 24-25 at New Braunfels Canyon High School.