The Deer Park girls basketball team unleashed a strong defense and uncanny free throw shooting to defeat rival Riverside 62-48 on Dec. 13.
The Lady Stags rushed out to a 13-4 lead in the opening quarter, thanks, in part, to Tessa Heins work on the free throw line. The senior guard hit 9 of 10 free throws in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Lady Rams were held to one basket, a short jumper by Marisa Pace, in the games first 10 minutes. Riverside’s leading scorer, Courtney Davis, hampered by early foul trouble, cut the Deer Park lead to 16-6 early in the second quarter. The Lady Stags responded with a 10-2 run, fueled by a basket and three-pointer from Danielle Beltrame.
Deer Park blew the game wide open in the third quarter. A pair of steals by Alison Ruygrok led to four quick points boosted the Lady Stag lead to 53-31 late in the quarter.
The Lady Rams got their offense untracked in the second half, but could not make a serious dent into the Lady Stag lead
Deer Park head coach Kevin Oglesbee was especially pleased by Heins’ defensive effort on Davis.
“We challenged her,” he said. “She took that as a leadership role.
Heins finished with a game high 25 points, including 14 of 16 from the free throw line. Beltrame added 14 points and Ruygrok finished with 10.
Deer Park finished 22-26 from the charity stripe as a team
Davis, who was held to 2 points in the first half, finished with 14 points.