Last fall, leading LaBrae High’s football team was a quarterback named Peyton. And on the basketball team’s bench this winter is a Coach K.
But in Brookfield, the brand is all about balance ... and big boy Jeremy Quinlan.
Quinlan connected for a game-high 25-point, 13-rebound double-double Tuesday night, leading the host Warriors to a 66-61 win over LaBrae.
Quinlan outplayed LaBrae’s NCAA Division I prospect Peyton Aldridge. Actually, Aldridge annexed a 16-point, 8-rebound, 6-assist line, but missed his last 6 floor shots — all during the 4th frame.
Tuesday’s tilt could serve as a prelude to another meeting in about a month, as both clubs are in the Howland Sectional.
“ ... Down the road, on (Route) 82 here,” 1st-year Brookfield bench boss Bill Kovach noted, adding, “Hopefully.”
Though a mid-January regular-season game, it served as a benchmark for Brookfield (9-1), Kovach confided.
“It is, because they have a very good team and they also have a very special player, a Division I player who dominates a lot of games. And I thought Jeremy Quinlan showed his level of excellence with his defense on Aldridge.
“He mades three’s, but I thought his defense was the difference in the game, at least in the first half,” Kovach continued.
After an 0-for-4 start, Quinlan connected on 4 consecutive 3-point field goals as the Warriors went from a 19-8 first-quarter deficit to assuming a 27-25 margin at intermission.
Then Quinlan had help from the unheralded Collin Harkulich, who hit 8 of hits 17 points during the 3rd period as Brookfield built a 44-37 bulge entering the 4th frame.
But Brookfield’s lead evaporated as the Vikings vaulted to the first 7 points of the period, With 5:10 remaining an Aldridge free throw drew the Vikes as close as they would get, 48-47. Additionally, Quinlan had drawn his 4th personal foul with 5:28 left.
During the home stretch, however, Quinlan’s twin, Jimmy, converted 6 freebies while Derrick Dickson drained 3 — the last 2 of which with 24 ticks to play. Jimmy Quinlan — “our leader ... he’s the floor general of our team, a coach on the floor” Kovach commented — connected on his last 2 with 5.9 seconds, boosting Brookfield to a 5-point bulge.
“The balance was excellent, and I thought our movement on offense, we finally had some good flow, people were cutting hard. When we missed, we had people crashing the boards,” Kovach commented.
Dickson delivered 9 points and 3 assists, Jimmy Quinlan contributed a 6-point, 8-assist, 8-rebound line, and Ryan Mosora mustered a pair of 1st-half treys when the Warriors went on their run.
Aldridge annexed only 4 of 16 floor shots as LaBrae (8-2) landed 21 of 53 field goals (39.6 percent) and only 14 of 26 free throws. Also, Coach Chad Kiser’s club — which meets West Middlesex Sunday at 8 p.m. at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre — made 13 miscues, 11 during the 2nd half.
Rebounding, which Kovach felt was key, specifically during Brookfield’s 1st-half bounce-back, was won by the Warriors, 39-26. But Brookfield committed 21 turnovers, though led by Jeremy Quinlan’s 10-for-20 long-range markmanship, shot 21 for 46 from the field (45.6).—By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Jamestown 46, Commodore Perry 41 — At the “Fish Tank” in Jamestown, coach Tyler Babcock’s Muskies (1-2, 1-10) picked up their 1st win of the season with a 5-point Region 1-A win over the Panthers (0-2, 2-10).
Alex Boylan rifled in 21 points for Jamestown.
Tanner Hildebran (15) and Phillip Stringert (10) scored in double digits for Commodore Perry.
“It feels good!,” said Babcock. “We were without our starting point guard (Ryan Livingston, flu) and the guys really came together and played well. Several came off the bench and really contributed.”
ä West Middlesex 89, Reynolds 40 — At West Middlesex, coach Chad Mild’s Big Reds (5-0, 9-3) led 29-14 after 8 minutes, 55-25 at halftime and rolled to the Region 2-AA win over the Raiders (2-4, 7-6).
Matt Dogan fired in 30 points to lead WM, which is ranked 8th in the state in Class AA by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Also, Trey Staunch bucketed 18, Jerrod Palmer scored 12 and Jeremy Jancso added 11.
Cory Woods drained 5 treys for 15 points for Reynolds and Garrett Frable tallied 13 markers.
ä Lakeview 61, Sharpsville 30 — At Stoneboro, the host Sailors coasted to the Region 2-AA rout.
Lakeview led 18-6 at the quarter, 29-12 by the break, and 48-18 through 3 periods.
Dalton Boggs bucketed a game-high 18 points to lead Lakeview (4-1, 11-2), while Coty Gander garnered 13 and Brandon Rice recorded a dozen for Sailors skipper Gary Burke.
For Sharpsville (3-2, 7-5), Jalen Mockabee mustered 8 markers.
ä Wilmington 56, Greenville 36 — At Greenville, the visiting Greyhounds garnered the Region 2-AA road rout.
Wilmington went out to a 30-15 margin at intermission, then maintained that during the 2nd half.
Davis Smith and Jordan Smith each scored a dozen for Wilmington (1-4, 4-8), while Rocco Fagan fired in 10 tallies, as did Nate Anthony.
For Greenville (1-4, 4-8), Trey VanAken annexed 7 points.
ä Hickory 48, Slippery Rock 45 (OT) — At Slippery Rock, coach Nick Cannone’s visiting Hornets (7-0, 9-2) won their 2nd straight Region 5-AAA game in overtime as they edged the Rockets (1-6, 2-10).
On Friday, Hickory beat the Knights at “The Castle” in Franklin, 65-63, in double-overtime.
On Tuesday, Hickory trailed 11-8 after the opening quarter and 24-13 at the break, but rallied to grab the win.
Vinnie Mastrian scored 13 for Hickory, Matt Votino bucketed a dozen and Anthony Cannone added 10 points.
Jake Whitmer led the way for Slippery Rock with 12 points.
ä Farrell 61, Oil City 55 — At Farrell High’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Steelers improved to 4-3 in Region 5-AAA and 7-6 overall with the victory over the Oilers (2-5, 7-5).
Jamel Brown notched 20 points to pace Farrell and Malik Miller registered 15 markers.
Logan Way (20) and Andrew Williams (15) scored in double digits for Oil City.
ä George Junior Republic 81, Sharon 80 — At Grove City, Ron Pearson scored all of his 19 points in the 4th quarter to lift GJR (2-5, 4-6) past Sharon (3-4, 5-7) in a Region 5-AAA thriller.
GJR led 27-13 after 8 minutes of play and 37-30 at halftime and were able to hold off Sharon as Pearson buried a key foul shot with 5.7 seconds left.
Nafis Brown scored 20 for GJR, Pearson had 19, Quamere Boggs bucketed 12 and had 6 steals and Eddie Pena grabbed 10 rebounds.
Khalil Hopson tickled the twine for a career-high 39 points for Sharon while Mark Henry scored 13 and Robinson added 11.
ä Kennedy Catholic 69, Cochranton 65 — At Hermitage, the Golden Eagles improved to 7-3 with the non-region win over the Region 3 Cardinals (7-6).
Jeff Thompkins fired in 19 to lead KC, Mac Hartman scored 17 and Chris James added 16 markers.
Kendall Dickson scored a game-high 23 points for Cochranton, Logan Herzberger had 21 and Garrett Adams collected 10 points.
ä Meadville 79, Grove City 57 — At Meadville’s “House of Thrills,” the Bulldogs (6-1, 10-2) outscored the Eagles 33-17 in the 3rd quarter to pull away for the Region 5-AAA win.
Donte Hollingsworth fired in 24 points for Meadville, Jordan Clune bucketed 18 and Trevor Clune added 17.
Foster Reznor and Derek Turner both had 18 points for Grove City (2-6, 4-9).
ä Howland 40, Brookfield 33 — At Howland Twp. Monday night, the host Lady Tigers triumphed.
Taylor Ginnis garnered a game-high 14 points and dished out 4 assists for Howland, while McKenzie Miles mustered 9 rebounds, leading the Lady Tigers (8-6) to a 31-14 edge.
For Brookfield, Ashley Kirila’s 11 points and 6 boards and Ali Harpster’s 3 assists led the Lady Warriors.
But Brookfield (5-7) bucketed only 4 first-period points and trailed throughout.
ä Slippery Rock 97, Hickory 68 — Hickory dropped the recent meet to the Lady Rockets. Taking 1sts for Hickory were: Jordan Graves, 50 freestyle, and Breah Quatkemeyer, 100 ’free; 2nds went to: 200 medley relay (Veronica Stefanick, Paige Brown, Delaney Javens, Graves); Quatkemeyer. 200 ’free; Javens, 200 IM, 100 ’fly; Graves, 100 ’free; Annalise Bianco, 500 ’free; Brown, 100 breast; 400 free-relay (Quatkemeyer, Bianco, Graves, Javens).
No results submitted for Slippery Rock.
ä Slippery Rock 83, Hickory 66 — Takings 1sts for Hickory in the loss to the Rockets were: 200 medley relay (Kyle Hartenstein, Ryan Elsey, Nelson Murphy, Trand Wright); Wright, 50 ’free; Murphy, 100 ’fly; Elsey, 100 breaststroke. 2nds went to Kevin Hartenstein, 200 IM, 100 backstroke; Wright, 100 ’free; 200 free relay (Wright, Derek Work, Richard Murphy, Elsey); 100 backstroke, 400 free relay (Kyle & Kevin Hartenstein, Nelson Murphy, Work).
ä Wellsville 2057, Brookfield 1908 — At Walnut Lanes, East Liverpool, recently, the Warriors dropped a match to Wellsville.
Brookfield individual scores were: Bradley Bridge 174-187—361; Joey Grandon 140-166—306; Nick Kerr 136-130—266; Adam Brooks 129-134—263; Nelson Swartz 158; Jacob Yereb 122.
Wellsville was led by Matt Bowling, with 212-203—415.
ä Wellsville 1645, Brookfield 1460 — At Walnut Lanes, East Liverpool, recently the Lady Warriors fell to Wellsville.
Brookfield individual scores: Heather Stanish 154-122—277; Kourtney Husnick 124-124—248; Lauren Goodemote 103-122—225; Jenna Clawson 117; Nicole Johnston 100; Jessica Neral 98; Sharlene Shebeck 85.
Last fall, leading LaBrae High’s football team was a quarterback named Peyton. And on the basketball team’s bench this winter is a Coach K.
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