HOLCOMB — Some nights, everything a team does seems to work, which means there’s not much the opposing team can do about it.
Such was the scene Tuesday in Holcomb as the home team watched Scott City play a near-perfect first half as the Beavers cruised to a 63-45 conference win.
The Beavers led 39-21 at intermission, thanks to 70 percent shooting from the floor. That was 17 of 24 on shots inside the arc, and a perfect 4 of 4 from deep.
They continued that streak into the third (7 of 10 from the floor) and, though Holcomb outscored them 16-14 in that period, the Beavers still held a sizable lead into the fourth.
Scott City scored on 16 first-half possessions, due in part to seven girls scoring, with Emily Smith’s 10 leading the way. Smith finished with 12 points.
Kaitlyn Roberts set the tone, burying back-to-back treys to put her team up 8-2 early in the first. Smith got going late in the period, dropping in a pair of easy turnarounds, the same way she finished off the second period.
The defense stepped up in a big way, too, in the second period, holding Holcomb to a field goal to open the period with just three free throws in between. In one stretch, Scott City benefited from a 19-3 (via three free throws) run in the quality quarter.
Emily Weathers finished with 21 points to lead Scott City.
The Beavers (16-3, 7-1) shot 65 percent from the field (28 of 43) for the game, and out-rebounded Holcomb 26-18.
“We were due,” said coach Sarah McCormick. “We’ve had some intense practices and rough games. It’s not always going to be perfect, and that’s one thing we’ve had long talks about.”
They call basketball a long grind, she said, and her team has felt the strain of illness and injury as the postseason nears.
“It was time,” she said, reflecting on her team’s performance. “Good shooting is contagious, and so is bad shooting. It was just our time.”
Scott City will host Hugoton Friday and travel to Goodland Tuesday to finish the regular season.
Eboni Sapien led Holcomb with 21 points and Britnie Novack added nine.
For coach Nathan Novack, his girls didn’t lack for effort.
“(Scott City) can do a lot of things with two fast, quick posts,” he said. “I felt like our guards really pressured the ball the way we wanted to.”
But with the Beavers shooting as well as they did, especially in close, it was a tough night, he said.
“Their posts really got to us,” Novack said. “We’ll learn from it.”
Holcomb (9-9, 2-6) hosts Colby Friday on senior night and travel to Hugoton next Friday to end the regular season.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Emily Weathers.