Cadet defense

West Point-Beemer’s Sidney Swanson beats North Bend Central’s Abby Post to the ball as she collects a steal for the Cadet defense. Defense sparked WP-B to a 46-37 win over the Tigers last Thursday. Swanson netted 23 points in the Cadet win.

Even when shots weren’t falling, or things weren’t going smoothly, West Point-Beemer remained in control during the Cadets’ 46-37 win over North Bend Central last Thursday.

A big reason why was West Point-Beemer’s effort on the defensive end. The Cadets applied an intense full-court press all game long, and that paid off in a big way.

“All season our defense has created some easy buckets for us,” Cadet head coach Taylor Shepard said. “We were struggling in our half-court offense at times, but we still created some easy looks off of our press and defensive pressure.”

West Point-Beemer’s pressure was effective most of the game, particularly in the 3rd quarter when the Cadets outscored North Bend 19-9. That gave WP-B a 41-24 lead heading into the final quarter.

North Bend cut into that lead but never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

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