Lady Beavers hoop team scrambling for a #2 seed

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Handling pressure

Dillon point guard Lauryn Petersen looks for an open teammate under the full-court pressure of Hamilton’s Maggie Ruyger. Hamilton coach Richard Griffin watches the action. Griffin is a BCHS graduate. J.P. Plutt photo

The Dillon Lady Beavers are scrambling for the second seed out of the six-team Southwestern A Conference and their play on Saturday showed that they are very much in contention for the coveted berth that would allow the team with the ranking to sit out a win or go home play-in game on Monday, Feb. 22.

Dillon led throughout the second half against Hamilton and posted a 39- 29 win, avenging an earlier 33-41 loss at Hamilton.

“We needed to have this one to be in the hunt for second place,” said Dillon coach John Hansen. “I thought the key was defense. We were committed to shutting down (Layne) Kearns. She still had 14 points, but I thought defensively, were were committed to boxing out and not losing sight of their stars.”

Under Hansen, the Lady Beavers feature constant pressure with a variety of press looks and hustle on the court. To build the depth necessary to maintain quality pressure throughout a game and tournament, Hansen sent all 11 players into the game and 7 scored.

“We played all 11 and I thought everybody contributed and there were no let-downs. I was very proud of them for that.”

Dillon junior Ainsley Shipman had team-high stats in scoring with 12 points, and blocked shots with 5. She added 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

Thursday’s loss at Frenchtown reflects the up and down nature of Dillon’s results since the season opened with a COVID stumble. Dillon won their opener, but then sat out 16 days until their second game due to safety measures taken within the team.

“We were not committed to boxing out,” said Hansen of the 42-47 loss at Frenchtown. “They had 15 points off of offensive rebounds. I thought their physical play killed us.

In contrast to the Hamilton game where Dillon gave up just 10 turnovers, the Lady Beavers had 23 turnovers at Frenchtown, a team they defeated 49- 40 in Dillon.

Dillon led the game at the half, 18- 12, but then Frenchtown’s Demi Smith went off for 13 of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter.

Dillon led by a point going into the fourth quarter, but Frenchtown’s momentum and physical play carried them to the the win.

Dillon faced Corvallis Tuesday night in a conference game at Dillon after the Tribune’s deadline. The contest was a must win situation if Dillon is to reach their goal of a #2 seed.

Dillon plays a make-up game at home Thursday versus Stevensville to complete their conference schedule. The varsity game was rescheduled to start at 6 p.m. instead of 7:30, due to the elimination of the JV game.

Dillon finishes the regular season on Friday at Livingston in a non-conference encounter.

For Dillon to move into second place, they need to win both conference games this week, and Frenchtown needs to lose to either Hamilton or Butte Central.

DILLON 42, FRENCHTOWN 47

Dillon scoring – Sydney Petersen 0, Ainsley Shipman 12, Madalen Shipman 4, Lauryn Pe tersen 11, Evey Hansen 4, Bri Williams 2, Halle Fitzgerald 3, Jordyn Walker 6, Zoey Morast 0, Leila Stennerson 0, Ariel Thomas 0. Halftime - 218-12, Dillon Dillon three-pointers

Halftime - 218-12, Dillon Dillon three-pointers (4-18) – L. Petersen 3-6, S. Petersen 0-2, M. Shipman 0-4, A. Shipman 0-3, Stennerson 0-1, Walker 1-2. Rebounds (24) – A. Shipman 12. Steals (16) – A. Shipman 6, Walker 5. Assists (12) – M. Shipman 3, A. Shipman 3, Walker 3. Turnovers (23). Blocks (3) – A. Shipman 3.

HAMILTON 29, DILLON 39

Dillon scoring – Guildy Browning 0, Zoey Morast 0, Sydney Petersen 2, Ainsley Shipman 12, Madalen Shipman 6, Lauryn Petersen 6, Evey Hansen 4, Bri Williams 5, Halle Fitzgerald 0, Jordyn Walker 4, Hailey Powell 0.

Halftime - 16-14, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (1-11) – L. Petersen 0-5, M. Shipman 0-1, A. Shipman 0-2, Walker 0-2, Williams 1-1. Rebounds (28) – L. Petersen 9, A. Shipman 7. Steals (10) – L. Petersen 3. Assists (14) – M. Shipman 4, Walker 3. Turnovers (10). Blocks (6) – A. Shipman 5.

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