No matter what age or competition level, it still boils down to putting the ball in the basket.
Brookfield High girls basketball team played well in virtually every facet Monday night against visiting Newton Falls, and the Lady Warriors could have won against the 1-loss Lady Tigers.
But Brookfield brokered just 8-for-38 shooting and suffered a 32-24 setback.
Kayla Boyer’s basket from the right wing with 4:45 remaining to intermission was Brookfield’s initial bucket. Remarkably, the Lady Warriors were trailing only 8-6 at that juncture.
“Defensively, we can play with anybody; offensively ... we don’t have anybody averaging in double figures, and that’s hurting us,” summarized Brookfield bench boss Shawn Hammondm, who wistfully added, “Finding ways to score ...”
Despite the Lady Warriors’s shooting woes, they were knotted at 17 with 1:39 remaining in the 3rd quarter on Brooke Hiner’s pair of free throws. But Brookfield, after commiting 7 first-half turnovers, made 9 second-half miscues, 6 during the 4th frame.
“We’ve played everybody tough. We’re just getting turnovers at the wrong times ... at the worst possible times we’re getting turnovers,” Hammond summarized regarding the 16 his club committed. “We missed some layups early. ... We’re just struggling to score.”
“The Brookfield team always plays extremely well defensively. They’re very well coached, and I have a lot of respect for Coach Hammond and his program,” 8th-year Lady Tigers’ taskmaster Mark Baker praised. “Any time these two teams get together you can eliminate the records ... and you can expect a close, defensive battle.
“They play an aggressive style of defense, we play an aggressive style of defense, and both teams, it seems every year, struggle to shoot the basketball against each other because of the defensive intensity,” Baker added.
During the final frame, while the Lady Warriors went 2 for 9 from the floor, Newton Falls finished 4 for 8, though the Lady Tigers turned overall the ball 5 times and missed 4 of 5 free-throw attempts.
For the Falls (15-1) — which has lost only to OHSAA Division I Austintown-Fitch — Brooke Barreca bucketed a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to emerge as the lone double-figure scorer for either squad.
Owing to Baker’s point regarding Brookfield’s defense, the Falls finished 11 for 39 from the field (28.2 percent), 7 for 18 from the charity stripe, and committed 18 miscues. But the Lady Tigers’ outrebounded Brookfield, 38-23, as Hannah Zelle corralled 9 more caroms.
A member of the All-American Conference National Division and headed to the Mineral Ridge Sectional, Baker’s benchmark for a single season is 18 wins, so he’s hopeful his youthful Lady Tigers (2 seniors) can continue their success.
Ashley Kirila copped a game high-equalling 9 caroms and scored 6 points — all on freebies — for Brookfield (5-8). The Lady Warriors were 8 for 14 from the line, also.
“Team are playing us zone, and you’ve gotta make some shots, it’s that simple” Hammond said. “When we get the ball inside, we need to work it inside, and we’re not. No rhythm in that. A couple sessions we did, threw it inside and kicked it out and had some outside shots. ... But we just can’t consistently do it.
“We’ve just gotta hope within the next three weeks it starts clicking and we can start making some outside shots, ’cause that changes everything. We’re able to press and do some other things. we’d like to do. But when you’re not scoring, you can’t do it,” Hammond concluded. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Kennedy Catholic 72, Jamestown 13 — At “The Fish Tank” in Jamestown, KC (6-0, 16-2) led 37-3 after the opening quarter and rolled to the Region 1-A win over the winless Lady Muskies (0-6, 0-17).
Alex Ricketts rifled in 23 points to key KC while Taylor Hood scored a dozen and Tatum Kress added 11. Rachel Burns had 6 points and is now at 976 for her career.
Isabella Greenawalt paced Jamestown with 5 points.
ä Commodore Perry 42, Farrell 29 — At Sheakleyville, coach Bob Messina earned his 1st-ever win versus Farrell in his 6 years of coaching the Lady Panthers.
CP (3-3, 6-10) led 13-9 after 8 minutes of play and outscored the Lady Steelers 12-2 in the 2nd quarter to pull away in the Region 1-A clash.
“It was a much-needed win,” said Messina. “It gets us even in the region and back in the hunt. We still have a lot of work to do, but it was a nice win.”
Kate Powell scored 15 to lead CP while Emily Kitchen grabbed 10 rebounds and Lexi Grinnell dished out 8 assists.
Whitney Murray notched 7 points for Farrell (3-3, 9-8).
ä Sharpsville 32, Greenville 18 — At Greenville, the visiting Blue Darlings drove to their 9th victory in their last 10 outings with the Region 2-AA road rout.
McKenzie Popatak produced a 12-point, 17-rebound double-double to stoke Sharpsville (8-0, 11-6), while Megan Davis drilled 11 points, including a trio of treys, and Natalie Henwood handed out 7 assists for Sharpsville skipper Jeff Hanley.
For Greenville (3-5, 5-10), which has dropped 4 of its last 5 games, Jessica Burnett bucketed 10 tallies.
ä Mercer 50, West Middlesex 32 — At Mercer, Alexis Arkwright fired in a career-high 33 points in leading the Lady M’s (5-2, 12-5) past WM (1-7, 6-11) in the Region 2-AA encounter.
Mercer led 25-7 after 8 minutes of play, 37-13 at halftime and cruised to the win.
Molly Stitt and Alexis Summers both had 9 points each for the Ms. Reds.
ä Wilmington 56, Lakeview 34 — At Stoneboro, the Lady ’Hounds (4-4, 6-10) were up 32-17 at the break and cruised to the Region 2-AA victory against the Lady Sailors (1-7, 5-12).
Alanna Elliott fired in 18 points for Wilmington while Tess Sikora and Cassidy Marett had 9 points each.
Casey Stringer led Lakeview with 9 points.
ä Hickory 62, Cochranton 35 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Region 5 Lady Hornets (14-2) led 23-7 after 8 minutes of play and rolled to the non-region win against the Region 3 Lady Cardinals (10-7).
Nikki Arbanas fired in 22 points had 9 steals and 5 assists for Hickory while Holly Grober registered 21 points, 5 boards, 4 steals and 4 blocks. Also for Hickory, Brandi Beader had 6 rebounds, Megan Chess posted 3 boards and 2 assists, Julie White dished out 3 assists, Jasmine Shephard collected 3 steals and 5 assists and Katie Gustas grabbed 3 rebounds.
Madison Bernarding led the way for Cochranton with 14 points.
ä Monday’s Oil City-at-Grove City game has been postponed to Wednesday while the Reynolds-at-Rocky Grove game was moved to Feb. 6.
No matter what age or competition level, it still boils down to putting the ball in the basket.
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