Brashear Girls Claim Seventh At N. Shelby
By David Sharp
Sixth seeded Brashear (4-9) played a solid team game and limited Atlanta second chance points in the second half of the girls’ seventh place game of the 21st Annual North Shelby Tournament.
Four Lady Tigers recorded double digit point totals in a 49-36 win. Macy Rogers scored a game high 13 points, seven rebounds and four unofficial steals.
Brashear took a 14-10 first quarter lead. Emily Ladwig gave the Lady Tigers a 22-13 lead after an 8-3 BHS run around the three minute mark of the second quarter.
Nicole Sloan answered with a Lady Hornet three ball. Atlanta (1-12) hit the offensive glass hard and closed the first half on a 7-2 run to a 24-20 Brashear lead.
Macy Rogers capped an 8-4 Brashear run with a pair of free throws. The Lady Tigers led 32-24 with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Atlanta scored the next six unanswered points and closed within a 32-30 deficit. Tricia Pore converted an offensive rebound to a pair of points with 18 seconds to play in the quarter.
Brashear made a momentum shifting play when Stephanie Elsea found Sydney Slavin underneath for a BHS bucket with two seconds remaining in the third quarter. Brashear took a 34-30 lead to the fourth quarter.
“We were taking it to them in their man to man defense,” said Atlanta coach Amanda Miller.
“He (Tiger coach Heath Schneider) switched to a zone defense. When they did the zone defense, our shots weren’t hitting. It seemed like they were getting the boards pulled out. That really hurt us.”
Brashear outscored the Lady Hornets 15-6 in the fourth quarter. Shelby Rogers and Caroline Slavin had put backs. The Lady Tigers cracked off a game deciding 11-1 run in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers had good scoring balance and won the battle of the boards by a 38-30 unofficial count. Brashear had ten second chance points to eight for Atlanta.
The Lady Hornets did not shoot particularly well. Brashear did not fare much better from the perimeter but worked for good shots. Emily Ladwig tossed in ten points, including at least three long shots. Ladwig had eight rebounds and two assists.
Shelby Rogers scored ten points with 13 rebounds. Abby McKim was in double figures with ten points along with five rebounds.
Caroline Slavin scored four points and five rebounds. Caroline Slavin and Shelby Rogers had four points each off offensive rebounds. Sydney Slavin added two BHS points.
Both teams beat their turnover average. Brashear turned the ball over 16 times unofficially, a 28% rate on their 57 possessions. Atlanta had a 23% turnover rate with 12 turnovers. Brashear held a 7-6 lead in team steals.
Atlanta held a 7-6 edge in team assists. Stephanie Elsea, Macy Rogers and Emily Ladwig dished out two assists each. Beth Voss and Nicole Sloan recorded three unofficial assists each for Atlanta.
Brashear was 9-13 from the free throw line (69%) to Atlanta’s 4-8 rate at the charity stripe. Amanda Spearman paced Atlanta with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Beth Voss recorded a double-double with ten points, and 13 rebounds. Voss added four steals, two rejections and three assists.
“We wanted it, our girls played hard and didn’t give up,” said Coach Miller. “I would have liked to shut them down a little more on our press. Our shots just wouldn’t fall tonight.”
“We rebounded the ball well tonight,” said Brashear coach Heath Schneider. “We had problems at the beginning limiting their offensive rebounds. We moved the ball well and shot free throws well.”
“We went back to the fundamentals in practice. We passed the ball to a girl instead of just throwing the ball,” said Coach Schneider. The Lady Tigers ended an eight game losing skid. “We really needed this win and end the losing streak.”