Beach powers by Raiders with fast-paced offense
The Beach girls basketball team got to squawk the chicken on Monday night.
Early in the season, the team gave a rubber chicken to head coach Mark Golberg after he forgot his whistle one day at practice. While he hasn't needed to use it as a substitute for a whistle, the team gives it a celebratory squeak after each win.
With the team's 76-51 win at Richardton-Taylor, that wheezy squeal meant something special.
"This was our seventh win, meaning they improved from last year so that was one thing they got to cheer for," Golberg said.
The Buccaneers are now 7-10 and 2-6 in Region 7 play.
Beach's offense was led by a different player each quarter, starting with sophomore Sam Oech who scored all 12 of her points in the first frame, helping the Buccaneers to a 21-2 lead.
Senior Abby Wilhelmi scored a team-high seven points in the second quarter, going 4-of-4 from the foul line.
After holding a 40-18 lead at the half, Golberg threw in some younger players. Freshman Molly Farstveet drove to the basket scoring seven points in the third, including a three-point play. The final quarter brought out sophomore Andrea Lund in which the 5-foot-4 guard contributed nine points.
"Those girls that went off in the second half, they haven't gotten to put together full quarters like that this season. That was good for them to do in a varsity game," Golberg said. "We've had a really excellent junior varsity season where those girls have really been excelling. So to see them come out and play that well in a varsity game, that's really encouraging."
Wilhelmi and Oech finished the night with 12 each, followed by Lund who netted 11. Farstveet and freshman Megan Rising added 10 points a piece.
"It wasn't just me, obviously" Wilhelmi said. "All my teammates, we all try to work together as much as possible and I guess (the shots) just happened to fall (in the second quarter)."
Wilhelmi, the sole senior on the Bucs squad, was one of a few to be perfect from the charity stripe. Both Farstveet and Madi Nunberg went 2-for-2, while Rachel Bosserman missed just one of her four shots.
Although the Raiders were held to two points in the first quarter, their offense found a groove in the late moments of the half.
A 3-pointer from Richardton-Taylor (1-18, Region 7 0-9) junior guard Elle Goetz with 3:50 left in the second quarter brought the score to 33-5 and started a string of Raiders baskets.
Goetz scored five more points in the second frame and freshman guard Skylar Crow added two baskets and a pair of free throws.
Once finding a rhythm, the Raiders kept their pace, scoring 16 points in both the second and third quarters and 17 in the fourth.
"That's something we've been working on in practice, is putting up a lot more shots," Richardton-Taylor head coach April Berger said. "That's something I explained to them after this game. You know, teams are shooting 70 percent and we're only shooting 20. That's not something that comes overnight. That's something that comes with years of practice and thousands of shots."
Senior forward Shelby Floberg scored eight of her 10 points in the final frame, and Goetz ended the night with a last second 3-pointer.
Goetz led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Crow who added 13.
The Richardton-Taylor defense picked up a few steals on the night and turned a few into points.
"That's something they like to do," Berger said of her players. "I'm kind of giving them free reign in that press to capitalize on some of those steals. I tell them we're not doing it to foul, we're doing it for the turnovers."
Beach 76, Richardton-Taylor 51
B 21 19 17 19
RT 2 16 16 17
B: Abby Wilhelmi 12, Sam Oech 12, Andrea Lund 11, Megan Rising 10, Molly Farstveet 10, Kennady Myers 8, Rachel Bosserman 5, Madi Nunberg 4, Alyvia Braden 4.
RT: Elle Goetz 21, Skylar Crow 13, Shelby Floberg 10, Haylee Leingang 4, Kellee Martin 3.
3-pointers: B 6 (Wilhelmi 2), RT 4 (Goetz). Free throws: B 20-27, RT 11-17. Total fouls: B18, RT 24. Records: B 7-10 (Region 7 2-6), RT 1-18 (Region 7 0-9).