Braves, Cougars both go 1-1 in Classic

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BLOOMFIELD

The Brownstown Central and Trinity Lutheran girls basketball programs concluded Toby Yoho Classic holiday tournament play Saturday.

Brownstown advanced all the way to the championship game, but fell short, while the Cougars also went 1-1 on the day.

 

Braves finish as runners-up

Brownstown faced a pair of top-tier Class 3A teams in its final day of tourney play.

The Braves played a semifinals matchup against No. 5 Owen Valley before facing No. 15 Danville in the title game.

In the early afternoon game, the Braves (14-5) stunned the Patriots (15-2).

Brownstown led 11-8 after eight minutes before holding the Patriots to just four points in the second quarter.

The Braves were up 20-12 at the break, and extended their lead to 30-19 by the end of 24 minutes of play.

Outscoring the Patriots 14-12 in the fourth quarter, the Braves held on for the win.

Halle Hehman led the Braves with 10 points off the bench while Shelby Stuckwisch and Tayler Garland each scored nine.

In the championship bout, the Braves battled until the final whistle with Danville (14-3).

The first quarter proved a defensive showcase, as the Braves would score just six points while holding the Warriors to two. Brownstown’s points came off 3-pointers by Hehman and Garland.

The Braves opened the second quarter with four straight points before the Warriors went on a 7-0 run, which was spurred by a 3-pointer from Maddie Patterson.

While the teams traded baskets in the final 2:59 of the first half, the Braves would maintain the edge as they led 19-17 at halftime.

Out of the break, the teams continued to exchange punches.

From the 5:04-mark to five seconds remaining in the third quarter, the teams traded baskets on every possession.

A pair of missed free throws from the Braves, and a 3-pointer, helped the Warriors retake the lead, as they lead 34-30 at the end of three quarters.

A 3-pointer by Garland and basket from Madison Klinge put the Braves back on top at 35-34 with 5:56 left in the game.

The Warriors answered with a 3-pointer, but a basket by Hehman and another from Schroer gave the Braves a 39-38 advantage with 1:54 left.

An and-one by the Warriors’ Ella Collier gave Danville the lead back, and a pair of free throws by Collier with 15 seconds left extended the lead to 43-39.

Schroer converted an and-one on the ensuing play, but the Braves were forced to intentionally foul with 8.2 ticks left.

The Warriors made the freebies.

Up by three, with 3.3 seconds on the clock, the Warriors elected to intentionally foul Brownstown.

While Klinge hit her free throws, to cut the deficit to one, Collier would again hit free throws a second later on another Brownstown foul.

On their own baseline following the Collier free throws, the Braves couldn’t get a shot up with so little time left in the game.

Brownstown finished 3-1 in tournament play.

“I thought the girls played well,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “I thought we competed. It was kind of a typical game four: they missed shots and we missed shots. We weren’t satisfied with just beating Owen Valley. We came out really wanting to compete with Danville, too. Danville is a team that went to semistate last year. They’re a good team that’s well-coached. Overall, I’m really proud of the girls’ effort.”

Schroer topped the Braves with 16 and Garland had 12 on four 3-pointers.

Collier led the Warriors with 15.

Following the game, Schroer, a sophomore, and Kristen Stuckwisch, a senior, were named to the All-Tournament Team. Twelve players were selected from the 12 teams in attendance.

“We like this tournament because we get a lot of games in a short time,” Rieckers said. “I think we grow as a team. We stay and we bond. I told the girls that we competed on every possession. Everything they got, I don’t think came easy. It came down to the wire, and it was a game that could of gone either way.”

Cougars place 7th

Like the day prior, Class A No. 5 Trinity Lutheran opened the day with a loss and finished the afternoon with a victory.

In the early game against Paoli (13-4), a third quarter surge pushed the Rams past the Cougars.

Trinity (14-3) trailed 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but would lead 19-18 at halftime by holding the Rams to six points in the second quarter.

Out of the break, the Rams outscored the Cougars 20-12.

Holding the Cougars to nine points in the final eight minutes, the Rams held on for the win.

Abby Hackman led the Cougars with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

In the seventh place game, against Edgewood (7-10), the Cougars mustered a strong second half to leave with a victory.

Savannah Harweger scored six points in the first quarter, but the Cougars trailed 10-9 after eight minutes.

Behind by five, baskets from Harweger, Hackman and Hannah Sabotin tied the game at 15 with 3:55 left in the half.

A 6-0 run erased the Cougars’ scoring streak, but back-to-back baskets from Jodi Goecker and Sydney Jaynes pulled the Cougars back within two possessions.

At intermission, the Mustangs were up 23-19.

“We talked about heart at half time,” Cougars coach Mike Lang said. “I thought, in the first half, we didn’t play with a lot of heart. Savannah, Jodi and Piper (Acton) really took it on their shoulders defensively. They showed a lot of heart and then we were able to pound down low to Sydney and Abby to get some easy buckets. It was all created by defense.”

A 5-0 run out of the break put the Cougars up 24-23 with 5:53 left in the third quarter.

The Cougars then attacked the basket, and cashed in from the foul line.

From the 4:14- to 1:42-mark the Cougars made six straight free throws and Piper Acton converted an and one to give Trinity a 33-26 lead.

After 24 minutes, the Cougars would lead 33-31.

A 6-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter, and a 8-2 run from 3:25 to 1:19, ensured the Trinity win.

Harweger led the Cougars with 13 points and Jaynes had six points with 10 rebounds.

Jaynes, a freshman, was selected to the All-Tournament Team following the game.

“We’re going home with a win,” Lang said. “it’s a long way home if you leave with a loss, and go 1-3. Obviously 2-2 is a lot better than going 1-3. We came out and beat a (Class) 3A team in a physical game.”

Lang said there was a lot to like, and learn, from the tournament.

“Every single game, we had a lead,” he said. “We had some really stiff competition that we played against. We just need to play 32 minutes.

We need to avoid mental letdowns and keep grinding it out. We need to learn to play with a little more patience, too. Sometimes we play a little too fast. What this is going to do, more than anything, is show us we can compete at a high level. It gets us ready for a tournament run.”

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