The Pratt Community College Lady Beavers improved to 4-0 Saturday night with a 72-34 hammering of Bethany JV.
Meanwhile, the men dropped their first game of the season, falling to 3-1 after getting edged by Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 57-55.
Led by Hayli Jo Smith’s 19 points, the Lady Beavers scored early and often against the overmatched Swedes. PCC opened a 39-15 lead at halftime and never looked back.
“We thought we could run on them and score in transition,” PCC womens’ head coach Stephanie Thompson mentioned. “We needed to work on it so we can do it against other teams as well.”
PCC scored 28 points in transition, forcing Bethany into 30 turnovers including 20 PCC steals.
The Lady Beavers dominated on the glass as well, outboarding the visitors 43-24. “We have rebounded well in our first four games,” Thompson said. “We haven’t been beaten on the boards yet.”
An issue early on for the Lady Beavers has been ball security, but against the Swedes, PCC only had 15 turnovers. “We hope to continue having consistency and taking care of the basketball,” emphasized Thompson.
It was a back-and-forth mens’ game, each team enjoying runs at different times. The contest was close throughout, Tonkawa up 24-22 at the break.
The Beavers opened the 2nd half well, forging the largest lead by either squad, 39-34, at the 10:45 mark.
But a flurry of 3s by the Mavericks coupled with a PCC dry spell gave Tonkawa the lead back 50-45, having gone on a 16-6 run. PCC regained the lead late on a 3 by Randall Rogers and a 1+1 by Lucas Stivrins, but a turnover on an in-bounds play gave Tonkawa the ball back. They scored their final 5 points from the charity stripe to send PCC to their first defeat, 57-55. “It stings to have a game in your hands and watch it slip away,” said PCC men’s coach Jesse Shaw.