Braves empty bench in blowout win



The Brownstown Central girls basketball team stuffed the stat sheet against Hauser on Thursday night — both offensively and defensively.

A total of 10 different Braves scored on the night of the 13 that entered the game.

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Trailing 6-23 after the first eight minutes of play, the Braves didn’t allow a single point in the second quarter.

The beaten-up Jets couldn’t muster a comeback, down 38-6 after intermission as they fell 68-26 against the Braves.

The Jets were playing without injured starting guard and leading scorer Leslie Sims on the night.

“I think I saw a team that is short-handed and showed up like they didn’t have a chance,” Jets coach Brad Hamilton said. “It impacted our effort and confidence level, and everything out there. The mentality and body language said this game is over with from the get-go and you can’t do that.”

In the first quarter, the Braves started on an 8-0 fueled by four free throws from senior Riley Wischmeier.

Freshman Grace Hasler, who was recently moved up from the reserves, cut the Jets deficit to 4-10 with a pair of free throws at the 3:40 mark

Six different Braves scored, as the team led 23-6 after the first quarter following a Morgan Wehmiller buzzer-beating layup.

In the second quarter, the Braves locked in with their full-court press and man defenses to deny the Jets any points.

The Jets only took two free throws before halftime.

“Hauser was a little short handed, they have a few players hurt and that makes a difference,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “We just told the girls we wanted to build on how well we played Saturday at Charlestown, we wanted to stay focused the entire game.”

The Braves went on a 21-0 until there was 6:47 left in the third quarter when the Jets’ Danielle Sneed netted a two-pointer.

With 3:20 left in the final quarter, up 66-23, the Braves emptied their bench.

“When you look at our scoring, it’s pretty balanced,” Rieckers said. “When you can get pretty much everyone scoring in the scorebook it makes a difference for us. We knew we had a height advantage, so we wanted to take it to them.”

Braves senior Brooke Ebbing led the Braves’ charge with 20 points while Wischmeier led the battle for the boards with eight rebounds.

“They’re a very good team, I don’t want to take anything from them, but I think a lot of it was on us,” Hamilton said. “There are two ways we can go from this: we can get better from it, or we can say ‘we’re stunned.’ It’s a rough time.”

Frances Shoaf finished with a team-high seven points for the Jets.

The Jets finished with 23 turnovers to the Braves’ 11 giveaways.

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