It didn’t take long for Westlake’s Kalpana Beach to reach another milestone in her high school basketball career.
Beach, the Demons’ 6-1 senior forward, broke the school record for rebounds in a career during the first quarter of last Saturday’s 42-24 win over visiting Amherst. The Ohio State recruit broke the mark of 690 set by Lynn Morozko and wound up with eight rebounds on the day to put her new total at 694.
Earlier this month, Beach broke the school scoring record of Julie Anthony when she surpassed the 1,248 point mark in a game against Brecksville. She has also been nominated to play in the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game.
“It’s just unbelievable,” marveled Westlake head coach Chip Weiss, who has watched Beach rack up those points and rebounds during her four years with the Demon varsity.
“This is a great accomplishment,” Weiss said. “And to think we still have a lot of games to play yet, with eight regular season games and the tournament. It’s not like she got these records toward the end of the season.”
Beach has been well on her way to both records since she began averaging a double-double last year. According to Weiss, she is averaging 17.5 points and 10.2 rebounds this season to lead the team in both categories.
“When she was a freshman, we thought she would have a shot at the records,” Weiss said. “But we had no idea how much she’d beat those records by. We didn’t realize just how quickly she’d get there, either.”
Beach had 16 points to go with those eight rebounds in the win against Amherst. Junior forward Katie Carroll added 10 points, as did junior guard Rachael Trujillo. With the win, the Demons moved to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the Southwestern Conference, one game behind 8-0 Midpark.
The Meteors, who handed Westlake its only conference loss of the season, defeated Brecksville, 56-32, last Saturday. Weiss said his team is working on improving its defense in the second half of the season.
“Our defense is what’s going to get it done for us this season,” Weiss said. “Right now, we’re giving up 34.4 points per game, but we’ll continue to work hard and improve. We’ve got a shot at the school defensive record.
“If we put our minds to it, I think we can get it,” he added.
The record for points allowed per game for a season is 33.5, according to Weiss.
Westlake resumes SWC play tonight at Avon Lake, then hosts Berea Saturday afternoon.
River girls remain in first place
Rocky River remained unbeaten in the West Shore Conference with a convincing 68-25 win over Fairview last Saturday.
A 21-4 first quarter set the tone for the Pirates, who moved to 6-0 in the WSC and 9-2 overall. Junior forward Hannah McCue led the hot start with seven of her 15 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer. She also dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Junior Katie McNally came off the bench and scored 14 points for River, while Ciara Kessler added nine points. Junior point guard Allyson Helleis had eight points, while Maeve Kessler and Emily Townsend chipped in with seven points each in the balanced Pirate attack.
Junior Morgan King led the Warriors with 12 points.
Rocky River closed out the first half of conference play Monday night with its makeup game at Midview. The Pirates will host Firelands tonight to begin the second half of the WSC season, then travel to North Ridgeville Saturday night.
North Olmsted nips rival Bulldogs
The Eagles recorded their second SWC win Saturday with a 37-31 win over neighborhood rival Olmsted Falls. Junior Megan Branchick led the winners with nine points, while sophomore Michelle Palagne added eight points.
The Eagles moved to 3-10 overall and 2-6 in the SWC, while the Bulldogs fell to 4-10 overall and 3-5 in league games. Senior Sarah Dischinger led Falls with 10 points, while junior Bridget Mental added nine.
Rockets drop a pair in league play
Bay fell to 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the WSC with a 61-37 loss to Avon last Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Rockets dropped a 44-22 decision at home to league-leading Rocky River.
Sophomore guard Claire Werblak led the Rockets with seven points in the Avon game. Juniors Claire Wilson and Kaleigh Sima, sophomore Taylor Seton and freshman Emma Grubaugh each scored six points.
Longhorn girls win big over Bucks
Lutheran West got 20 points from Lindsay Thomas last Saturday afternoon in a 66-49 win over visiting Buckeye in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game.
Sam Tabor and Lindsey Tomola scored eight and seven points, respectively, as the Longhorns improved to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the PAC. The team travels to Brookside tonight and will host Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.