MAPLE CITY – Beaverton’s season came to an end Monday night when a hot shooting team from Hart beat them 55-30. The Beavers had some opportunities early, but couldn’t get their shot to fall while the Pirates seemed to hit everything they put up. Five first quarter three point buckets epitomized the night as Hart took a 20-7 lead after one. An 11-3 advantage in the second quarter made the score 31-10 at halftime.
“It was a truly unforgettable season in more ways than one,” said first year Beaverton coach Jason Hubble. His Beavers finished the season with a 15-2 record, which included their first Jack Pine Conference Championship since the 2017-18 season.
“Hart shot the ball really well,” continued Hubble. “We collapsed on the drives but we couldn’t get back out to their shooters. Hart ended up hitting 10 three-point shots in the game.
Mady Pahl led the Beavers with 14 points. Sophomores Faith Danielak and Leiyah Mungin had five each. Molly Gerow added four points and three assists. Alexis Grove led the Beavers with nine rebounds.
The Beavers say goodbye to three seniors Pahl, Gerow and Anna Killian, but will welcome back multiple girls who got significant playing time this season. Juniors Grove and Sawyer Gerow along with sophomores Danielak and Mungin played a lot this year and give Hubble a solid foundation from which to build on.
Beaverton’s run to a district championship included wins over Pinconning and Farwell. The Beavers defeated the Spartans in a district semifinal game 54-40. After getting a bye in the opening round Pinconning made the Beavers work hard to get the win. Pinconning cut into a big early lead and trailed by only four late in the third quarter before Beaverton came to life and put the game away.
Molly Gerow led Beaverton with 18 points and seven rebounds. Mungin had 11 points and Pahl added eight points and five assists. Danielak grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Beavers. “Our defense was awful tonight,” said Hubble. “I’m concerned that if we don’t play better defensively, and rebound at a higher rate, Farwell will definitely exploit those weaknesses.”
The score of the District Final game against Farwell was a little deceiving. Beaverton won 34-23, but it was a battle most of the way. The score was tied 20-20 after three quarters before Beaverton clamped down defensively to hold the Eagles to three points in the fourth quarter for the win. “My hat goes off to Farwell. They played out a great defensive game plan,” said Hubble. “ It was an incredible battle. We had a couple more baskets go our way for the win.” Gerow scored eight points to lead Beaverton. Danielak had seven while Pahl and Mungin had six each.