Lightning Blast Past the Crimson
December 29, 2010By Rick Saf of PhotoBallGuy.com
MinnesotaPreps.com Staff Writer
In one of the most anticipated match-ups of the opening round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Holiday Classic, #4 (4A) ranked Eastview (7-0) took the court against unranked and undefeated Maple Grove Tuesday evening. Coming off an impressive victory over the previous #4 ranked Bloomington Jefferson, the Lightning came out set to prove that the high ranking given was for real. And although the Crimson kept it close in the first half, Eastview pulled away in the second half for a hard fought 60-50 win.
Senior guard Alex Beckman (16.7 ppg), arguably one of the best 50 players in the state, had a big first half, slashing and driving her way to 12 points. Finding the slimmest of lanes in the Crimson defense, she led the way to Eastview's 32-25 halftime lead. Maple Grove played from behind from the outset, down 14-4 just four minutes into the game. The offense struggled against a stifling Lightning defense that was zeroed in on the ball all evening. Lanes to the basket were few and far between, and when there was a slight opening, Eastview was very physical in the paint, contesting everything. In the first half, the Lightning shot 43.4% from the field including 3 of 4 from three point territory. Even better, they were 90% from the free throw line. Meanwhile the Crimson shot 31% from the field and 71% from the line.
Eastview's lead widened in the 2nd half as its fast break started to wear down the Maple Grove defense. Eight Lightning players logged 16 minutes or more in the game which appeared to keep them fresh and rested. Midway through the 2nd half, Eastview enjoyed its biggest lead of the game at 52-32 before the Crimson closed the deficit to 10 at the end of the game. Alex Beckman led all scorers with 17 points (12 in the first half) to go along with 7 rebounds. Senior guard Jenna Dockter was the only other Lightning player in double digits with 12 points. Maple Grove's Stephanie Davison led the way for the Crimson with 15 points and senior Anna Gerdes pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the team. See game photos at www.minnesotapreps.com