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December 14th, 2018

By JASON EPP  ​

​Leader & Times ​

BEAVER, Okla.—With a total of 27 lead changes and ties, to say the girls early season edition of the Six-Mile War was a seesaw affair would be an understatement. At no point throughout the game's entirety did either team hold the lead for a four-minute stretch. Beaver prevailed with a final rally, 72-64 over Forgan. ​

Forgan took a 62-60 lead with 2:40 left when Raegan Kirkhart hit her fourth three of the game. But on Beaver’s ensuing possession, Zoee Weaver converted the first of two crucial three-point plays. Those two plays and a basket by Rylie Schlessman sandwiched between allowed the Lady Dusters a six-point swing in a minute’s worth of clock time and put the Dusters up by four. It also saw Forgan’s top scorer, Kylie Eagan (19 points) foul out. ​

Forgan was forced to foul and Schlessman sank four straight free throws to hold off any Lady Bulldog rally attempts. Beaver finished the final quarter 9 of 10 at the line. ​

Beaver was led by a trio of scorers. Sydnee Looper scored 23, including four 3-pointers, and kept the Dusters close in the third with 12 points. Zoee Weaver and Rylie Schlessman each finished with 20. ​

Early in the game it was Schlessman with nine of the team’s first 13 points. Eagan countered for Forgan with 8 points in the first quarter as the Lady Bulldogs built a 19-15 lead. ​

Then it was Looper and Weaver who took turns leading the Dusters scoring charge while Forgan continued to pound the ball inside to Eagan and Autumn Seaton (11 points). Beaver jumped out to a five-point lead (28-23), but back-to-back threes by Forgan’s Raegan Kirkhart (16 points) flipped the score back in favor of the Lady Bulldogs (29-28) with 3:12 left in the half. ​

Schlessman hit a three with four seconds left in the half to put the Lady Dusters up by one, 35-34 at the break. ​

In the third quarter, maybe the wildest of the game, the lead changed nine times on just sixteen scores. Looper went off with 12 of the Lady Dusters 16. And after Looper hit back-to-back threes, Beaver led 47-45 with 1:45 left in the third. Forgan tied the game on a basket by Shandel Ramirez, then took the lead after Ramirez missed the free throw on the three-point play and Beaver’s Jaydon Mills got the rebound and in a momentary lapse scored in the Lady Bulldogs basket to give Forgan the lead (49-47). Forgan led 52-51 heading into the fourth. ​

Early in the fourth, it was Kirkhart who kept Forgan close with a pair of threes and total of eight points, most of it with Eagan sitting out with four fouls. The two teams exchanged the lead on almost every possession, before Beaver finally pulled away with the win. ​

Beaver (1-0) will travel to Fort Supply, Monday. Forgan (0-3) will play their first home game Tuesday, when they host Texhoma.​

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