taylor shooting in lane

Central DeWitt sophomore Taylor Veach splits a pair of West Delaware defenders as she goes up for a shot during the first half of Monday’s makeup contest with the Hawks. Veach scored 16 of her 19 points in the first two quarters and the Sabers limited West Delaware to just 20 points through three quarters of a 57-35 victory.

Looking to surpass its win total from the year before, the Central DeWitt girls basketball team turned to a familiar approach during Monday’s WaMaC East makeup game with West Delaware.

The Sabers’ strong defense held the Hawks under 10 points in each of the first three quarters and forced 27 turnovers.

Central DeWitt sophomores Allie Meadows and Taylor Veach, meanwhile, packed a punch on the offensive end, scoring the team’s first 14 points and combining for 39 points overall.

The result was a 57-35 rout, the Sabers’ 17th victory.

After trading points early, Central DeWitt took control of the game with a 9-1 run to end the first quarter.

Meadows kicked things off with a floater in the lane, while Veach reeled off five straight points to make it 14-6.

West Delaware ended the run with a free throw, but Kathryn Grau knocked down a jump, and it was 16-7 heading to the second quarter.

The lead continued to grow. Veach scored the Sabers’ first seven points of the second quarter to make it a 13-point game and Central DeWitt’s defense surrendered just seven more points to double up the Hawks, 28-14, at the half.

A big push to start the third quarter put the game away for good.

Veach and Meadows spurred the 10-0 run. The former kicked it off with a three-pointer, while the latter added the next seven points, capped by a three-point play that made it 38-14.

Meadows would add a second three-point play later in the quarter, while Madi McAvan had five points in the stanza with the last two giving the Sabers a 47-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The first of two three-pointers for Carleigh Jefford gave the Sabers their biggest lead early in the fourth and fellow seniors Kyleen Irwin and Samantha Zeimet added hoops of their own in the final stanza to wrap up the victory.

Meadows led the Sabers with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. Veach was right behind her with 19 points — the two sophomores shot a blistering 9-of-12 on their two-point attempts — and had three steals of her own.

Jefford’s two threes gave her six points, while McAvan had five points. Grace Pierce dished out a team-high three assists, while Talbot Kinney and Meadows both had two.

The victory wrapped up a busy spell for the Sabers, who played three times in a five-day stretch.

Central DeWitt opened that stretch with a cross-divisional road trip to Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday.

Behind a big first half on the offensive end — the Sabers made more than half of their shots from the field in the first two quarters — the visitors led by as many as 16 points in the first half and were up 31-17 at halftime.

The Vikettes closed the gap in the second half, pulling within four points in the fourth quarter before the Sabers hit their free throws down the stretch for a 53-46 victory.

Central DeWitt never trailed and, behind a 21-5 run in the first half, held a healthy lead for much of the game before Vinton-Shellsburg’s surge in the fourth quarter.

Veach led all scorers with 27 points — it was the third time this season the Saber had matched her career-high — and added seven rebounds.

Meadows added 12 points, while Pierce had four and four rebounds. Kinney dished out five assists (Natalie Butler had three), while Meadows came up with five steals.