Hendersonville - Beech stayed perfect in league play Friday night with an emphatic 63-20 win against visiting Portland High School.
In the victory, Beech forced Portland into 25 turnovers and collected 15 steals while converting 12 shots at the rim for 24 paint points.
"That is one of the best defensive teams in the state." Portland head coach Scott Steinbrecher said. "They played well, and we couldn't slow them down. They kept us uncomfortable all night. When they play that well, and we play that bad, it's a bad combination for us."
Portland led early, 3-2, but a furious defensive effort from the Lady Bucs forced Portland into 18 first-half turnovers and a 34-8 deficit.
"We can always play defense," Beech head coach Kristi Utley said of the importance of creating easy points. "Defense has to be our base. We will always try to make the other teams turn the ball over and take them out of what they want to run."
"We just need to flush it," Steinbrecher said. "We are at the point in the season where we need our leaders to step up."
The 26 point lead for the Lady Bucs ballooned to 34 points following a 20-2 scoring advantage in the third quarter, including three different players scoring at least two field goals.
Beech elected to clear the bench early in the fourth quarter, allowing the second team to close out the 43 point victory.
Lady Buc Deshiya Hoosier paced the team with 19 points shooting 7-for-7 from the field, including 5-5 from behind the 3-point arc.
"She has found her heat factor, and it's at the right time," Utley added.
The victory moves Beech to 21-1 on the season and a perfect 11-0 in league play.
The team will play for the District 9-AAA regular-season title on Feb. 11 at Beech High School.
Girls Box Score
Beech (63): Deshiya Hoosier 19, Jana Claire Swafford 11, Bri Ellis 8, Mia Dean 7, Christa Dean 5, Laci Walmer 5, Natashia Jones 2, Ryleigh Piotto 2, Katie Dugger 2, Kyndal Chennault 2.
Portland (20): Abi Tomerson 7, Madison Linville 3, Kayla Wasilka 3, Rayleigh Hester 3, Daley McCloud 2, Sami Parker 2.