AUSTIN EDITION WASECA -- The Beckel twins of Waseca were too much for Austin girls basketball in a 57-47 loss on Saturday night.
Tressa Beckel did most of the damage inside for the Waseca Bluejays with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Stacy Beckel added four points and seven rebounds in the non-conference win.
"They got up by 8-10 points in the first half and maintained it most of the way," Austin coach Gary Peterson. "They've lost only two or three games all season, and they'll likely be the top seed in the section tournament. Those twins are tough to stop and they both got Division-I college scholarships."
Playing against talent like that seemed to inspire Austin center Brooke Monson. Showing off her versatility as an offensive player, Monson was 2-for-2 in three-pointers in this game. Monson finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
"Brooke has been working on her three-point shots in practice and she's trying to become a more complete player," Peterson said. "We got it to within five in the second half, but then they started to drive hard to the basket and pulled away."
Anna Hebrink added nine points to the Austin offense and Brittney Gibson chipped in seven in the setback. Hebrink and Gibson each hit a three-pointer on the night.
The Packers played tough defense throughout the game and kept the Bluejays within sight. The deficit was eight points at halftime, although the Packers had it closer at times.
"We packed a zone around their post players and they missed some outside shots, but those kids are tough in the paint," Peterson concluded. "They got the shots inside when they needed them. We had 27 turnovers and that hurt us. The game got a little ragged at times and we didn't take care of the ball in the second half."
Austin (7-15) returns to Big Nine Conference play Tuesday night with a home game against Rochester Century.
Brooke Monson 16, Brittney Gibson 7, Anna Hebrink 9, MacKenzie Esson 5, Brittany Peterson 0, Carolyn Molhusen 2, Jenni Fisher 4, Annie Erickson 2, Lizzie Gunter 2, Tana Lukes 0, Lindsey Soshnik 0, Gretchen Hebrink 0.
Tressa Beckel 18, Katie O'Neal 9, Samantha Boje 8, Katie Kiesler 6, Kristallyn Pilcher 5, Stacy Beckel 4, Megan Flor 3, Betsy Collins 2, Kristen Berg 2.
Halftime score -- Waseca 28, Austin 20.
Three-pointers -- Austin 4-16 (A.Hebrink 1, Monson 2, Gibson 1); Waseca 3-14 (Kiesler 2, Flor 1).
Free throws -- Austin 9-15; Waseca 4-18.
Rebounds -- Austin 40 (Monson 12, Molhusen 6, Esson 6); Waseca 45 (T.Beckel 10).
Fouled out -- AUS, A.Hebrink.