Brownstown Central uses strong second quarter to post 16-point win over Trinity Lutheran


BROWNSTOWN — It doesn’t matter who is scoring the ball, as long as it’s passing through the hoop.

Through the start of its season, four different players have led Brownstown Central’s girls basketball team in scoring.

Against Class A No. 5 Trinity Lutheran on, it was sophomore Katherine Benter’s turn to light up the scoreboard.

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The Braves used 18 points from Benter, and a 25-point outburst in the second quarter, to beat Trinity 53-37 at the pit on Tuesday.

Brownstown (3-1) opened the game on a 9-0 run behind seven points by Benter.

A basket and and-one conversion by Trinity senior Savannah Harweger cut the deficit to four, but a field goal from junior Ashley Schroer and free throws by senior Claire Poulton put the Braves up 13-8 at the end of eight minutes.

Both teams struggled with turnovers in the opening quarter, as the Braves had seven giveaways and the Cougars (1-2) totaled six.

The Braves outscored Trinity 25-9 in the second quarter to pull away.

After Schroer and Benter opened the quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers for BCHS, the Braves used a 17-2 run from the 4:53- to 1:58-mark to go up 36-14. In that streak, four different players scored for the Braves.

A trey from Cougars sophomore Sydney Jaynes stopped the bleeding with 55 ticks left in the half, but the visitors trailed 38-17 at the break.

“I think that we put a little more pressure defense on and then we were able to knock down some shots, “Brownstown head coach Karla Rieckers said of the run.

The Braves cut their mistakes down to one turnover in the second quarter while the Cougars had seven.

“In the locker room, we talked about surviving the first four minutes. Brownstown got on us 9-0 in the first four minutes,” Trinity head coach Mike Lang said. “We made a nice run towards the end of the first, but it didn’t carry into the second. We kind of lost our minds a little bit. Good teams do what good teams do: They pulled away from us.”

While Brownstown added nine points in the third quarter, they held the Cougars to four.

Going into the fourth, the Braves held a 47-21 lead.

Trinity got its offense rolling in the final eight minutes, putting up 16 points, but the deficit proved too large.

A three from senior Emilee Lang helped Trinity to an 8-0 scoring streak, to cut the lead to 49-29, with just under five minutes to play.

In the final 1:10 of regulation, the Cougars scored six points on baskets by Jaynes, Harweger and junior Hannah Sabotin.

“We played with a lot of hear and pride (in the fourth quarter),” Lang said. I’m pleased with how we finished the game. We saw some sparks out of some kids that haven’t been getting a lot of playing time. Hannah played some good minutes and Emilee hit some nice shots. When you move the ball, good things happen.”

Benter led all scorers and Hehman chipped in 12 for BCHS. Jaynes totaled 16 points to top Trinity and Harweger scored 12.

“I think any five of our kids can score on any given night,” Rieckers said. “When we were at New Albany, Tayler didn’t score much but responded at Paoli. Tonight, Payton (Farmer) didn’t score, but she did a lot of things defensively, and Katherine had a big night. If they’re keying-in on someone, we think we have other options for our scoring.’

The Braves won the rebounding battle 29-26, with Farmer pulling down 11 boards. Trinity had 22 turnovers to the Braves’ 17.

Brownstown will host Mitchell on Friday and Crothersville visits Trinity on Saturday.

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