By Bucky Beaver
The very young Lady Beavers squad has had stretches all year of solids basketball but they have not yet been able to string together four straight quarters in a game. The Beavers, starting four sophomores and a senior, finally showed their potential Friday night against Roosevelt. The Beavers jumped to an early seven point lead in the first quarter. The Roughriders were able to tie up the game midway through the second quarter, but then the Lady Beavers pulled away for a convincing win of 65 to 46. The win keeps alive the Beavers goal of making the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Beavers were lead in scoring by sophomores Nancy MacGeorge with 12 points, 7 assists and 2 blocks, Beverly Verduin with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Cailey Beckett with 10 points. Freshman Tessa Sechler had her best game of the year adding 8 points and 3 rebounds. (Photo of Tessa Sechler courtesy Alan Russon, Ballard Athletics.)
The Roosevelt Ballard boys basketball game is always a very intense contest as many of the boys have played against each other since elementary school. Friday night’s game was no different. There was a lot of electricity in the big crowd at Ballard Friday night. The Roughriders got off to an early 4 point lead in the first quarter against the Beavers. The Beavers kept the game within striking distance never getting down more than eight points, but could never get it closer than one point the remainder of the game. Roosevelt held on for a 41 to 37 victory. The Beavers were lead in scoring by junior Seth Berger with 14 points and seniors Jake Devine and Brad Baker each with 6 points.
Both teams have a bye on Tuesday/Wednesday this week and then are on the road for back-to-back quad games Friday at Bothell and Saturday at Roosevelt. Only six games remain in the regular season for both teams before playoffs begin. To make the playoffs they will need to finish in the top four out of the six teams in their division.