Braves hang on to defeat Cougars by five points


The Brownstown Central girls outscored Trinity Lutheran 12-7 over the final six minutes of the fourth quarter to post a 48-43 win Tuesday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Kinzee Dean broke a 36-36 tie with a basket with six minutes remaining to put the Braves on top for good.

Kelsey Schneider made a free throw to put the visitors up by three before Laura Roeder scored a layup for Trinity to make it a 39-38 game.

Jenna Klosterman and Harley Toppe scored back-to-back field goals to increase the visitors’ lead to 43-38, and the closest Trinity could get after that was 43-41 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Brewer with 3:50 remaining.

The Braves then scored their final five points at the free throw line.

Braves coach Brandon Allman said free throws made a big difference in the game as his team made 19 of 28 and Trinity made 11 of 20.

“With the new rules, with two shots at a time, that’s huge,” he said.

Allman said it’s always hard to win at Trinity.

“Any time we come into this place, it’s a tough place to play. We were able to weather the storm, so to speak,” he said.

Toppe was high scorer for the Braves (2-0) with 15 points, and Sophie Wischmeier added 14.

“Sophie played well,” Allman said.

He added that he is trying to get her to understand she’s a basketball player and not just a volleyball player.

“The sky is the limit for her,” he said. “She’s a tough matchup for any team. She can do a lot of things not a whole lot of girls can do.”

The first quarter was even with the Cougars holding a 14-12 lead heading into the second period.

Jordan Brewer and Madison Keith scored four points each to lead the Trinity attack.

Toppe had a hot hand for the Braves with two baskets and two free throws in the opening quarter, and she also had four rebounds.

The second period was dominated by Brownstown, and the third quarter belonged to Trinity.

Wischmeier had the hot hand for the Braves in the second period with three field goals and a pair of free throws, and Hailey Hobson added four points as Brownstown held a 26-16 lead at the half.

Keith came on strong in the third period with three baskets, a free throw and four rebounds, and Liza Froedge hit a 3-pointer and a deuce as Trinity outscored Brownstown 16-7 in the quarter to cut Brownstown’s lead to 33-32 going into the fourth period.

Keith topped all players in rebounds with eight, and freshman Marley Warren added seven for Trinity, while Hobson was high rebounder for the Braves with six.

Keith was high scorer for Trinity with 15 points, and Brewer scored 11.

The Braves will travel to Mitchell on Friday night, and Trinity (0-1) will play at Crothersville on Saturday afternoon.

High School Basketball



Brownstown Central (2-0): Harley Toppe 6 2-2 15, Mallory Klosterman 0 2-2 2, Sophie Wischmeier 4 6-6 14, Hailey Hobson 1 3-4 5, Addison Darlage 0 1-2 1, Jenna Klosterman 2 1-2 5, Kelsey Schneider 0 2-6 2, Kinzee Dean 1 1-2 3, totals 14 19-28 48

Trinity Lutheran (0-1): Liza Froedge 1 1-3 8, Madison Keith 6 3-4 15, Laura Roeder 1 2-5 4, Jordan Brewer 4 2-4 11, Marley Warren 1 2-2 4, Morgan Brewer 0 1-2 1, totals 15 11-20 43

3-point goals: BC (Toppe), TL (Froedge, J. Brewer)

Rebounds: BC 31 (Hobson 6, Toppe 5, Darlage 5), TL 26 (Keith 8, Warren 7)

Fouls: BC 18, TL 18

Turnovers: BC 14, TL 14

Junior varsity

Brownstown 34, Trinity 23

Brownstown: Claire Brock 17, Kassidy Wischmeier 8, Lyla Huffman 7, Kassie Helton 2

Trinity: Zoey Dulaney 6, DeAnna Rothert 4, Maddie Adams 4, Emerson Warren 4, Olivia Schepman 3, Blayklee Hancock 2

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