TENINO — It wasn’t necessarily the game it wanted, but in an defensive-minded matchup against 2B Toledo Wednesday night, the Tenino girls basketball team prevailed, 41-24 at home.
The Beavers (7-2) were led by Ashley Schow’s 23 points, one of just two players on either side in double figures in a tough shooting night. Toledo’s Vanesa Rodriguez had a team-high 11 to lead the Riverhawks.
“We rely too much on Ashley, we didn’t get enough scorers, and it showed,” Tenino coach Scott Ashmore said. “She pretty much carried us through the game. We have girls capable of putting shots in the basket, we just didn’t do it tonight.”
The Beavers scored in single digits in two separate quarters, and no player finished with more than five points aside from Schow.
But on defense, Tenino did exactly what they wanted.
“Defensively we were solid, if they didn’t hit threes, they wouldn’t have had anything,” Ashmore said. “But that’s something we’re trying to stop, cause everybody wants to shoot them.”
The win ensures that the Beavers will head into a short holiday break with a strong 7-2 record and momentum.
Though the shooting struggles behind Schow have popped up from time to time throughout the season, a break might be just what the doctor ordered after eight games in just over two weeks with just a seven-player rotation.
The Beavers will next play at the SunDome in Yakima for a tournament just after Christmas.