Jeremy Papasso
Monarch senior Ben Beauchamp drives to the basket against Boulder’s Garrett Turner during the Coyotes’ victory on Tuesday night.

LOUISVILLE — Monarch has been winning, so it has been easy to sweep under the rug the notion that Ben Beauchamp’s numbers have been pedestrian so far this season.

Well, that was until Tuesday night, when the senior’s numbers were much more Beauchamp-like in a 56-35 home win against Boulder.

The Black Hills State signee scored a game-best 19 points in the Class 5A Front Range League game in incredibly efficient fashion. He nailed seven of his nine shots from the field, including four from behind the arc.

“It was awesome, especially against a team with a defensive caliber as high as Boulder has,” Beauchamp said. “I came out and hit my shots early, and my teammates did a great job screening and getting me open looks. It feels really good. Hopefully this is an indication of things to come.”

Beauchamp entered with a scoring average of 11.9, which wasn’t shabby. But it wasn’t the 17.2 per game he averaged as a junior, either. Coach Ken Niven’s Coyotes (8-1, 2-0) have lost only once, however — a one-point decision to Chaparral — so Beauchamp hasn’t been fretting it as much as he would have if Monarch had been struggling.

“We have a bunch of guys who can score this year,” he said. “Not one player has to stand out and have 20 a game. We’re all contributing in different ways, and if my scoring isn’t there, I try to contribute in other ways. It’s all about the win.”

Point guard Jay MacIntyre added 13 points and Shawn Kirkman was the Coyotes’ auxiliary player du jour, adding 12 to complement the big guns.

Monarch took command early — the Coyotes led 16-5 after a quarter — and never allowed Boulder (6-3, 1-1) a chance to make a significant run.

“Their ball control is phenomenal,” Boulder coach Eric Eisenhard said. “They’re really efficient. You can’t get down 15, 20 and expect to come back on Monarch. Not when a number of our players didn’t have a good offensive night.”

Tommy Baumgartner led the Panthers with 12 points, all coming on four second-half 3-pointers. Leading scorer Garrett Turner, who averages about 17 a game, came off the bench and added 11.

“They’re just really physical defensively, and I don’t really think we’ve seen physicality like that yet this season,” said Eisenhard, who Beauchamp termed one of the top coaches in the league. “There was a big adjustment period throughout the course of the game.”

Eisenhard lamented the Panthers’ zero free-throw attempts in the first half (and only six overall), which he said indicated his team was playing “soft” offensively.

The visiting Boulder student section alternately booed and sarcastically cheered MacIntyre whenever he had the ball, but it was unclear as to why. The schools didn’t meet in football and MacIntyre was a newcomer to town last season when the teams met in basketball.

“I didn’t notice, to be honest with you,” MacIntyre said. “They told me on the bench.”

One thing MacIntyre absolutely did notice was the big night from Beauchamp — as did anyone else who saw more than a few minutes of the game.

“It was good to come out and jump out early on teams and show that we’re here to play for a league title,” Beauchamp said.

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Monarch 56, Boulder 35

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BOULDER (6-3, 1-1)

Szarmach 2 1-2 6, DiScipio 1 0-0 2, Baumgartner 4 0-0 12, Bohm 1 0-0 2, Blessing 0 0-0 0, Turner 3 4-4 11, Williams 0 0-0 0, Boyle 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Heimbach 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-6 35.

MONARCH (8-1, 2-0)

Kirkman 4 4-5 12, Fredricksmeyer 0 2-4 2, Lawson 1 0-0 2, Beauchamp 7 1-1 19, MacIntyre 4 4-7 13, Rowan 0 2-2 2, Hoban 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 2-2 2, Webb 1 2-2 4. Totals 17 17-23 56.

Score by quarters:

Boulder 5 9 11 10 — 35

Monarch 16 12 14 14 — 56

3-point field goals — Boulder (6): Baumgartner 4, Szarmach, Turner; Monarch (5): Beauchamp 4, MacIntyre. Total fouls — Boulder 18, Monarch 9. Fouled out — Bohm.