BHS Tigers Tame Mustangs
By David Sharp
Brashear fought off a quick Marion County Mustang team with a 14-5 second quarter run and went on to a 61-35 home win in the season opener for both teams. Marion County got to the rim well in the first quarter and stayed within a 12-10 score.
Kale Watson rained down four first half three pointers and finished with a game high 23 points. Trae Treasure had a consistent inside game. Treasure and Kiley Watson led the Tigers with eight rebounds each. Trae Treasure put in 12 Tiger points. Jacob Shipman was in double figures with 11 points.
The Tigers held a 26-15 halftime edge. Five different Brashear players scored during a 15-8 third quarter run to a 41-23 lead. The Tigers outscored their guests in each quarter.
Justin Tobias scored six of Marion County’s eight third quarter points. Tobias led the Mustangs with 12 points. Dakota Bainter poured in nine first half points and finished in double figures with ten on the night. Marion County was 7-20 from the free throw line.
“I thought the things that really hurt us were shot selection, passing and turnovers”, said Mustang coach Ryan Wood. “We have young guys that have never had to handle the ball before. We are doing that by committee now. At the same time, we have experience on the floor. We shouldn’t have to struggle so much but tonight we did.”
The Mustangs were without leading scorer Nathan Meyers due to a knee injury suffered last July. Meyers is expected to be ready for action in January.
“This was a four quarter game,” said Brashear coach Sara Williams. “We will have to play four quarters of basketball every game if we want to be where we want to be in the end. I thought we did a good job of keeping our focus and composure and working through their pressure.”
“We are really deep this year,” said Williams. “I have a lot of kids I can bring in off the bench. When we have nine different players out there scoring, it opens things up. Kale Watson had a really nice game from the outside. That opened up the inside. We just have to be ready to handle all facets of the game.”
Brashear pulled down 34 rebounds on the night, ten offensive. The Tigers recorded 11 steals as a team. Matt Thomas scored six points and dished out five of the Tigers’ 11 assists.
Brashear went 9-13 from the free throw line. Justin Hazen, Kiley Watson, Ryan Ferdig and Jacob Owen added two Tiger points each. David Anderson chipped in one point.