Skyhawks upset Bucs: No. 6-ranked Shiloh Christian hands No. 3-ranked Beach its 1st loss
BEACH — The name of the game for the Beach and Shiloh Christian girls basketball teams was run and gun.
The No. 6-ranked Skyhawks ran past and upset the No. 3-ranked Buccaneers 56-49 on Monday.
“I thought we got off to another slow start and we can’t have that in big games,” Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. “We needed to get going right away. We got down by eight early and it felt like the whole night we were battling back. We got up by a couple (after the second quarter), but it always seemed like it was uphill all the time.”
Shiloh Christian head coach Jim Petrik added: “Beach’s program has probably been the best program in the state over the last seven to eight years. We knew it was going to be a tough game for us, but we wanted to come in, play our game, do things our way and give ourselves a shot.”
Beach, however, was stuck between a rock and a hard place with 4 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Buccaneers (7-1) two-time all-Region 7 senior guard Bailey Waldal, who finished with nine points, picked up her fifth foul. The Skyhawks closed out the third quarter with a two-point, 39-37, lead.
“It hurts when one of our starters fouls out,” said Beach senior guard Hailee Farstveet, who ended with a game-high 22 points. “I thought the bench stepped up and we just fell short.”
During the final 8 minutes, the Skyhawks (9-1) outscored the Buccaneers 17-12.
Shiloh Christian led after every quarter except for the second when Beach held a slim 28-26 lead going into halftime.
“We focused on defense all week,” Shiloh Christian senior guard Gabby Wilkinson said. “After the first quarter, we were pretty pleased, but we need to keep up the momentum and not just be pleased with the first quarter.”
Wilkinson scored all of her 15 points in the first and fourth quarters. She posted nine points in the first quarter when the Shyhawks took an 18-9 lead and six in the fourth.
After the first 8 minutes, Bob Waldal wasn’t displeased with his team’s performance. Beach just couldn’t find the bottom of the net and came up empty on their first five possessions.
“We had good shots at the beginning,” Waldal said. “We just didn’t connect.”
During the second quarter, Beach put its foot on the pedal and didn’t let up. The Buccaneers outscored the Shiloh Christian 19-8. Bailey Waldal led the offensive charge with nine points.
Shiloh Christian had six players score two or more points. Jaye Two Bears posted 13 points, while Krista Ulmer had 11 and Mia Wilkinson added eight. Reagan Watson had seven points.
“All of our players can score,” Gabby Wilkinson said. “We don’t really have that top scorer. We are blessed with a lot of people that can score.”
Cid Stedman supplied 10 points, while Brooklyn Zachmann had six. Beach went 12 of 19 (63 percent) from the free-throw line.
The Buccaneers plan to use this game as a learning tool. Beach returns to the court traveling to Region 7 opponent Bowman County at 7 p.m. Thursday.
“We can learn how to play under pressure, inside defense and how to play a full-court offense,” Farstveet said.
SC 18 26 39 56
B 9 28 37 49
SC: Gabby Wilkinson 15, Jaye Two Bears 13, Krista Ulmer 11, Mia Wilkinson 8, Regan Watson 7, Miriah Forness 2.
B: Hailee Farstveet 22, Cid Stedman 10, Bailey Waldal 9, Brooklyn Zachmann 6, Taylor Abraham 2.
3-pointers: SC 2 (G. Wilkinson 1, Two Bears 1), B 3 (Farstveet 2, Waldal 1). Free throws: SC 4-11, B 12-19. Total fouls: SC 18, B 14. Fouled out: B Waldal. Records: SC 9-1, B 7-1.