GIRLS BASKETBALL

No. 5 Beecher girls remain atop River Valley Conference

2014-01-21T22:00:00Z 2014-01-22T02:29:06Z No. 5 Beecher girls remain atop River Valley ConferenceDwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 21, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

BEECHER | The adage says that there's no 'I' in team.

There's no 'I' in Beecher Ladycats, either.

Beecher used great ball movement at the offensive end to roll over Grant Park, 53-36, in River Valley Conference play Tuesday.

Taylor Johnson led the Ladycats with 18 points and nine rebounds. Fellow freshman Kate Ranger came off the bench to add 14 points for Beecher. The Ladycats improved to 8-0 in RVC action.

"Everyone was being a team player in this game," Johnson said. "I think it works when everyone is moving the ball around. It's not just the guards, even the post players are moving the ball around."

Beecher (15-5, 8-0) used three early Grant Park turnovers to jump out to a quick 7-0 lead. Beecher would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game. The Ladycats led by 20 at the half, with both Ranger and Johnson scoring 12 first half points each.

"It's not just one player," Johnson said. "We play as a team. We play as one. Everyone is going to have points."

Beecher made a habit of making the extra pass on the offensive end, and the result was plenty of wide-open layups for the Ladycats. Beecher has only one senior.

"Ball movement was very good," Beecher coach Adam Keen said. "Everyone is really passive as far as they're looking for that extra pass. It's just coming together, and we have a lot of young people who are coming together. As far as chemistry goes, every day we just keep getting better."

The Beecher starters rested through much of the second half. Danielle Snuckel added seven for the Ladycats and Sam Pilbeam recorded six. Emily Landis added five assists and three steals for Beecher.

"We're all very excited about it," Keen said of the Ladycats' 8-0 record in the RVC. "It hasn't happened in a while. Taking it day by day, we know that every day is a challenge. And we'll go by that old cliche for now."

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