Eudora There's a pretty good chance a team will win when its opponent has more turnovers than points scored.
At least that was the case for both Veritas Christian's girls and boys basketball squads against Berean Christian on Friday.
In the girls game, Veritas took advantage of 47 Berean turnovers in a 51-37 victory.
The boys team followed that performance with a defensive clinic of its own in a 69-29 win over Berean. The Eagles picked up plenty of points in transition with the Brave turning the ball over 32 times, including 24 Veritas steals.
"Every time they had the ball we wanted to pressure them wherever they were on the court and challenge that pass to the next player," girls coach Kevin Shelton said. "And it definitely worked for us tonight."
The offense was definitely working as well, as junior Melissa Hardee and senior Marteka Carlton led the way with 11 points each. Freshman Meaghan Holmes also contributed nine points to go with her 10 rebounds.
Still missing top scorer and rebounder, Kristie Tiegreen, Veritas got some support from her replacement, junior Becky Finger, on both ends of the court.
Finger finished two points short of a double-double, finishing with a game-high 16 rebounds and eight points.
"I had a really bad game on Tuesday and coach talked to me and was like, 'I could have somebody else start in front of you,' and it was just kind of a wake up call," Finger said. "I just realized that's where my strength is in rebounding."
With senior Michael Kay, one of Veritas' top scorers, admitting he had a poor shooting night, the Eagles still got plenty of offensive support with three other players scoring double digits. Freshman Ethan Scott finished with 11 points and senior Isaiah Dover and junior Taylor Zook scored 10 each.
"The offense played great, obviously, I only scored 12 points and we had 69," Kay said. "Our post players made some jumpers and Ethan, Nate (Scott) and Jeremiah (Johnson) played really well."
Veritas almost had a fifth player in double figures, but freshman Ethan Kay came up shy with eight points.
"We had a lot of fastbreak points going from our steals," said Ethan Scott, who had a game-high six steals. "That's really where a lot of our offense came from - our defense. That's how we were able to be so balanced."