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1/19/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Beckman's big third quarter too much for Saber girls

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A tough shooting night prevented the Central girls basketball team from starting a winning streak during Tuesday night's WaMaC East tussle with Dyersville Beckman.

The Sabers were coming off their best shooting game of the season in a 10-point win over Mount Vernon, but were unable to duplicate their success against the Blazers.

Central made just nine field goals in the game on 26 attempts (35 percent) and Beckman broke open the game with a huge third quarter in a 37-26 victory.

In fact, the Blazers ended up scoring 32 of their points during the opening quarters of both halves.

Beckman got off to a strong start in the game as they exploded for 16 points in the opening quarter to build a 16-9 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Sabers were able to slow down the home team considerably in the second quarter, allowing just five points.

Central, though, was unable to take advantage of its strong defensive showing and five Saber points kept the lead at seven (21-14) as the two teams went into the break.

The third quarter proved to be the difference as Beckman again got its offense going and the Blazers matched their first quarter output with 16 points.

The Sabers, on the other hand, were not as fortunate and were able to come up with just three points during the quarter as the lead ballooned to 37-17.

The Beckman advantage proved to be too much for the Sabers to overcome, but that is not to say that Central did not try to make things interesting.

The Sabers, after all, held the Blazers without a point for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Central offense, meanwhile, put a dent into the deficit with nine points.

The lead was too large, though, and Beckman was able to hang on for the season sweep.

Gretchen Henningsen led the way for the Sabers with seven points in the game, while hitting the Sabers' lone three-pointer.

Amanda Brainerd and Miranda Meland both added five points in the game with Stephanie Schrader chipping in four.

Brainerd added five rebounds as well with Meland grabbing three and Schrader and Abby Willis two each.

Schrader finished off a strong night with three steals, while Willis had two thefts. Meland and Allison Keitel both had two assists, while Brainerd blocked a pair of shots.

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