Beat goes on for BobcatsPublished 10:52pm Monday, February 6, 2012
The beat goes on for the Brandywine girls basketball team.
The Bobcats remained undefeated in Lakeland Conference action Monday night with a 58-31 win over Berrien Springs.
Brandywine (15-1, 8-0 Lakeland) got off to a quick start, building up a 29-11 midway through the second quarter.
After scoring 25 points in the first eight minutes of the game, the Bobcats struggled offensive in the second quarter. Brandywine managed just eight points.
Fortunately for the Bobcats, Berrien Springs struggled as well and finished the period with only eight points, which allowed Brandywine to maintain its 14-point advantage at halftime, 33-19.
Despite picking up three fouls in the first half, Bobcats standout Carlie Newman helped Brandywine refocus on offense in the third quarter.
Newman netted 11 of her game-high 23 points in the period, while at the defensive end, the Bobcats limited the visiting Shamrocks to a mere four points.
As a result, Brandywine led 51-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We did a good job at the beginning of getting that big lead,” Brandywine coach Josh Hood said. “Then we got in coast mode. Our message to the girls is that if we are going to win in the post season you have to play 32 minutes and we didn’t do that tonight.
“We have been pretty nice in practice, but now that we are not playing every other day and have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off, I told the girls to get ready to get the track legs back tomorrow. We’ve got to get after it in practice because we have been too nice in practice and it starts with me. We have to work harder and we have to do some things different.”
The Bobcats again struggled in the final quarter to put points on the board. One bright spot was Victoria Knight off the bench as she scored three of Brandywine’s even points.
Berrien Springs (2-10, 0-8 Lakeland) held a one-point scoring advantage in the final stanza (8-7), but was never a threat to cut deeply into the Bobcats’ advantage.
Newman finished with 23 points to lead Brandywine and all scorers. Mackenzie Shelton added 11 points, while Brooke Smith and Madison Pellow each scored eight.
Tashara Powell paced the Shamrocks with 13 points. Gabby Dortch finished with 10.
BERRIEN SPRINGS 31
Camille Downey 1 2-4 4; Gabby Dortch 5 0-3 10; Tyanna Pierce 0 0-0 0; Stefani Camacho 2 0-0 4; Rachel Jakubs 0 0-0 0; Tashara Powell 5 2-3 13; Tanja Holzhey 0 0-0 0; Mallorie Downey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 11 4-10 31
Carlie Newman 9 1-2 23; Rachael Ort 0 0-0 0; Mackenzie Shelton 4 2-4 11; Tia Hullinger 1 1-2 3; Victoria Knight 2 1-2 5; Brooke Smith 3 1-3 8; Mikayla Kemp 0 0-0 0; Madison Pellow 4 0-4 8. TOTALS: 23 6-17 58
Berrien Springs 11 19 23 31
Brandywine 25 33 51 58
3-point baskets: Berrien Springs 1 (Powell), Brandywine 6 (Newman 4, Shelton , Smith). Total fouls (fouled out): Berrien Springs 16 (M. Downey), Brandywine 17 (Ort). Varsity records: Berrien Springs 2-10, 0-8 Lakeland; Brandywine 15-1, 8-0 Lakeland