BEAVERCREEK – The second Associated Press girls basketball poll is set to be released Tuesday and there is sure to be a shake up in the Division I rankings following the tilt between No. 10 Beavercreek and No. 3 Dayton Chaminade-Julienne Monday at Beavercreek High School.
Thanks to defense, rebounding and junior center Mikaela Ruef, the Battling Beavers turned back C-J 45-36 in front of a near capacity crowd.
Ruef registered a double-double for Beavercreek (12-1) netting 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds as the Beavers handed the Eagles (11-3) their second loss in three games and third loss in six.
“We needed to get the ball inside to score tonight so I posted up and I was able to do that,” Ruef said. “Also, we needed to stop them on defense because they are taller than us (overall) so we tried man-to-man and it worked, so we stuck with that.
“It was probably one of our best rebounding games this year.”
Senior guard Jaclyn Klaus had 11 points for Beavercreek and hit key foul shots down the stretch, going 5-for-6.
“The key was everyone played well and everyone that got in contributed,” Beavercreek head coach Ed Zink said. “But the big key was Mikaela. She played with some intensity, she played like she wanted to be out there and she can be so good. When she plays like that, she can be tough to beat. And everybody played off of that and everybody played well.”
Beavercreek jumped out to a quick lead, going up 9-2 midway through the first quarter, before C-J head coach Marc Greenberg called a timeout to settle his Eagles down.
After the timeout, C-J went on a 9-2 run of its own tying the game with just over a minute left in the first frame but Beavercreek took a 15-12 lead into the second quarter.
The Beavers led the Eagles 27-20 at the break.
Both defenses clamped down in the third period as both teams netted only seven points with C-J’s first bucket coming nearly midway through quarter on a Shene Fleming free throw.
Klaus had a key three-point play in the third quarter as the game tightened. Going to the line following a foul, Klaus drained her first free throw but missed the second. She charged the lane, grabbed her own rebound and put it back up for a bucket.
C-J clawed within five points in the fourth quarter but Beavercreek pulled away as C-J got into foul trouble and the Beavers answered from the charity stripe. Ruef sunk three foul shots despite a 3-for-8 night at the line and Klaus went a perfect 4-for-4 in final frame.
“My free throws – I thought they felt good but they just didn’t go in,” Ruef said. “But everybody else was hitting their free throws, so it was good for us. I am just going to have to work on my free throws.”
Louisville recruit Tiera Stephan led C-J with a game high 16 points and tallied six steals. Fleming had 14 points. Only four C-J players got into the scoring column.
“We gave up some second and third shots but we rebounded well against a great team,” said Zink. “I thought we did a much better job of boxing out, all the kids went strong to the board and I thought overall the kids did a real nice job.”
Beavercreek has now picked up two straight wins against traditional power C-J after knocking off the Lady Eagles 55-33 last season.
“These are the fun games,” said Zink. “It is not a league game, it is not a tournament game – it is a good, pressurized game but at the same time, win or lose, we’re going to practice tomorrow and so is (C-J).
Added Ruef: “It's a good win but it doesn’t mean anything for the league. But it will help us for the tournament. It’s always good to beat C-J. Beavercreek and C-J is a big rivalry, so I am happy.
“I think we are pretty underrated and we showed tonight we are better than what people think we are.”