Bradley avenges prior losses to Cleveland
With the regular season quickly winding down, the Bradley Central and Cleveland basketball teams both needed wins to make a bid for the top spot heading into the District 5-AAA tournament.
The Lady Raiders came out hot early, but flamed out in the second quarter as the Bearettes took control and breezed to a 78-40 win virtually locking up the district race. The Bears and Blue Raiders took it down to the wire with Cleveland holding a three-point lead with 3:00 to play in the game. A 3-pointer by Bradley McCurdy with time running out lifted the Bears to a 65-62 win over the Blue Raiders.
LADY RAIDERS 40
The Bearettes, without starter Sydney Morgan, worked their way out of a first-quarter ambush by the Lady Raiders and pulled away in the second half to win in a rout.
"I'm very proud of them. I couldn't be more proud of them than any game we've played this year," said Bearettes coach Jason Reuter.
"We've been preparing for this game the last four or five days. We don't usually prepare that far ahead, but we did for this one. Looking back, we've probably been preparing for this game since (the) December loss to Cleveland). Our kids just really wanted it. We executed. We shot the lights out and shot a lot of layups. They came right out after us in aggressive man pressure. We kind of answered the bell. Once we got the lead and our kids started grinding away, we kind of took over."
The Lady Raiders came into Saturday's game with the Bearettes with the plan of taking care of the basketball, score baskets and get stops on every possession while hauling in rebounds.
"Bradley likes to run out on every position. We stayed in and didn't run back. It was just simple basketball," said Lady Raiders coach Mindy Kiser.
Both teams came out of the gate running. Shawnia Anderson and Hallea McClendon gave the Lady Raiders a quick 4-0 lead, but Emma Kate Brown and Rhyne Howard lifted in 2-pointers to the game at 4-4.
McClendon and Anderson did the job for Cleveland on offense early as the teams traded baskets. Katie Brown and Howard kept the Bearettes close cutting the Lady Raiders' lead to 10-8 with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.
A 3-pointer by Katie Brown from the right corner gave the Bearettes a 12-11 game. Howard tied it at 13-13 seconds later and the Bearettes pushed out to a 15-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
"The first quarter is never enough," said a disappointed Kiser. "We came out with a lot of energy and execution of the game plan and we got away from what we were trying to. We went to one of our scoring lulls and it pretty much lasted the entire basketball game.
"That's my fault. I didn't get them in the right spots. They couldn't hear me tonight and I didn't do my job. It is what it is."
The Bearettes pulled away in the second with seven straight points to open the period highlighted by a 3 from Emma Kate Brown. Anderson finally broke the Bradley streak with the first points of the quarter for Cleveland with 4:11 left in the half. E.K. Brown put the Bradley girls out front by 14 with two free throws with 3:20 left.
Julia Gaither made it 31-17 with the Bearettes' next points. Halle Hughes closed out the half for Bradley with six straight points including a layup at the buzzer to put the Bearettes out front 37-21 at halftime.
Hughes had a huge night for the Bearettes with 27 points followed by big nights from E.K. Brown with 23 and Ryne Howard with 17.
Cleveland was led by Shawnia Anderson with 21 points. She was the only Lady Raider to reach double figures.
The Bearettes quickly went up by 19 with an Anderson 3-point play to open the second half. With three minutes gone in the third, Hughes drove the lane to put Bradley on top by 21. The Bearettes led 45-23 at the midway point of the quarter.
Howard made it a 25-point game with an easy field goal after a Cleveland turnover with two minutes left. Hughes lifted in a 3 from the right corner that gave Bradley a 55-28 cushion. Katie Brown put the Bearettes on top 57-30 with the final two points of the quarter for Bradley.
E.K. Brown's 3 with 5:15 left in the game gave Bradley a 66-31 lead. Her second 3 of the quarter put the Bearettes out front by 35 with 3:53 left.
The Bearettes built the lead to 41 before closing out the 78-40 win.
Kiser said the Lady Raiders were unable to overcome their frustration after falling behind in th second and could not find a way to recover.
"It's just a game with a lot of emotions and you get frustrated in a game like that. And when you get away from playing within yourself and doing your job and being able to play the way we practice, it causes a domino effect. We weren't out of the game at halftime by any stretch of the imagination. But, when we came out and let them score on two possessions right away it caused us to take bad shots. At that point it was game over. We controlled our own destiny today and we didn't do our job," she said. "But we're not in a bad spot. We've got three home games and one on the road. We can finish out the season and sweep the season, but we've got to get back and work and do the things we've been doing for the last eight games. We don't play this way for very long. It's just one of those things. It's loud and there was a lot of stuff going on. It's my fault. Maybe we didn't do the things we were supposed to do."
Reuter said the Bearettes were a bit surprised in the beginning, but quickly recovered and took over in the second quarter.
"Every game is different. I knew our kids were prepared. I knew they were ready for this game. Cleveland came out and tried to land the first punch. They caught us off guard a little bit and scored some quick buckets. I think we came down and answered pretty quickly. We said, 'Hey, this is our house. We're ready for this.' We just slowly and methodically took the lead. We went onto the half with three starters with three fouls but we had about a 16-point cushion," he said.
"Halle Hughes gave us a big bucket right before the horn went off and momentum was going our way. I knew we were in control and our kids took that 16-point lead and more than doubled it in the second half. Cleveland is a better team than they showed tonight. We may run into them again."
BEARETTES 78, LADY RAIDERS 40
Cleveland 13 8 9 10 — 40
Bradley Central 15 22 20 21 — 87
Cleveland (40) — Shawnia Anderson 21, McClendon 7, Ware 4, Morgan 4, Person 2, Stamatiadis 2, Phillips.
Bradley Central (78) — Halle Hughes 27, Emma Kate Brown 23, Ryne Howard 17, Gaither 5, K. Brown 6.
3-point goals: Bradley Central 6 (E.K. Brown 4, Hughes, Howard.
Records: Cleveland 11-7,6-2 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 15-4, 8-1
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Bradley Central sweeps historic rival
ATHENS — In what has become a tale as old as time, longtime rivals Bradley Central and McMinn County met up on the court for what proved to be two very different games.
While the Bearettes (14-4, 7-1) cut down the Lady Cherokees (4-17, 1-7) in a 76-23 win, it took the Bears (13-7, 7-1) until the final buzzer to secure their 45-43 victory over the Cherokees (5-16, 2-6).
LADY CHEROKEES 23
Playing on the road proved no challenge to the Bearettes, as they put together a 53-point victory over the Lady Cherokees.
Despite the final outcome, McMinn initially came out and gave Bradley a hard time. Near the midway point of the first quarter, both teams found themselves tied at four apiece.
"This is a long, storied rivalry and I'm sure that these kids know that the Bearettes have been the measuring stick for the past few years. I think they came out and fought us really hard," Bradley coach Jason Reuter commented.
The Bearettes were able to take full control by the end of the first quarter, when they led the Lady Cherokees 16-5.
In the second quarter, Bradley outscored McMinn 17-8, but the play was not as crisp as the coach would have liked to see in that first half.
"Our kids were a little sloppy with the ball and we had 10 turnovers by halftime. We ended the game with 11, so that means that we had one the entire second half," Reuter stated.
The Lady Cherokees' only point in the third quarter came from a free throw just 12 seconds in. The Bearettes, on the other hand, added 23 more points to the scoreboard.
Bradley's dominance carried over into the final quarter.
"We went in that second half for a long stretch without giving up a bucket. In the second half, we locked them down defensively and made a couple of adjustments in our press. I think once they got down a little more, their will was broken," Coach Reuter explained. "Lets be honest, McMinn is struggling right now. They're a young team and are having a hard time finding people to step up and score."
The Tribe's first bucket of the second half came two minutes into the fourth quarter and they were able to pick up seven more points before the game ended.
The Bearettes, who were able to play their entire bench in the District 5-AAA rivalry game, closed things out with another 20 points.
"Everyone got to play for us, and I'm very proud of everyone that came in. You need games like this occasionally," Reuter stated. "Our scoring was very balanced. Anytime you get four kids in double figures and another one with nine, it's a good night."
Rhyne Howard finished with 17 points, four assists, four steals and a block, while E.K. Brown had 15 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Sidney Morgan, who sank a trio of treys, had 12 points in the game and Halle Hughes finished with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Bearettes made 54-percent of their two-point field goal attempts and 32-percent on 3-point attempts.
Friday marks the second and final regular season meeting between Bradley and Cleveland, and the Bearettes will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Lady Raiders.
"I've been preparing for Cleveland the last couple of days. We're going to make some adjustments and just have to come out and play basketball," Coach Reuter explained. "We're holding our own destiny — we're at our house against a team that we've both lost one game. They beat us, and if we win this game Friday night, it would sure put us in a good position. This game is pretty much for all of the marbles."
with Red Bank
Cleveland traveled to Red Bank Tuesday night and saw mixed results. While the Lady Raiders (11-6) dominated in their 80-28 win over the Lady Lions (5-12), the Raiders' (12-6) winning streak was ended by the Lions (10-11) in a 30-point, 87-57 loss.
The Cleveland girls were led by Shawnia Anderson with 20 points, Jenna Scoggins with 12 and Amber Morman with 10.
The Lady Raiders started out on a high, outscoring their hosts 31-10 in the first quarter. They added 17 more points in the second quarter, which gave them a 48-18 lead at halftime.
The second half opened up with Cleveland netting 24 more points, while allowing Red Bank just eight. The Lady Raiders closed out the game with an additional eight points in the fourth quarter.
LIONS 87, RAIDERS 57
The first quarter proved to be the only one where the two squads were near equal, as Red Bank outscored Cleveland 17-15.
The Lions began to put distance between themselves and the Raiders in the second quarter, when they finished with 22 points while allowing Cleveland 15.
With a nine-point lead to start out the second half, Red Bank once again outscored Cleveland, this time 18-12.
The Lions' best quarter was the fourth, in which they put up 30 points and allowed the Raiders only 15.
Rod Dennard led Cleveland with 25 points.
Bradley Central 16 17 23 20 — 76
McMinn County 5 8 1 9 — 23
BEARETTES (76) — Rhyne Howard 17, E.K. Brown 15, Sidney Morgan 12, Halle Hughes 10, Gaither 9, Davis 5, McRee 4, Abbott 3, K. Brown 1.
LADY CHEROKEES (23) — Simbeck 8, Kelley 8, Liner 5, Sober 1, Gleaton 1.
3-POINTERS: Bradley 9 (E.K. Brown 3, Morgan 3, Abbott, Howard, Hughes); McMinn 0.
FREE THROWS: Bradley 9-of-17; McMinn 7-of-13.
RECORDS: Bradley 14-4, 7-1 District 5-AAA; McMinn County 4-17, 1-7 District 5-AAA.
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Bradley takes two from Walker Valley
The standing room only crowd inside "The Stable" at Walker Valley got its money's worth and then some Thursday night.
The Lady Mustangs and Bradley Central Bearettes battled up and down the court for 32 minutes in front of a standing room only crowd before finally settling the district basketball showdown in overtime with the Bearettes coming out on the winning end of a 65-61 final.
The Mustangs and Bears game did not reach overtime, but it was just as intense as the girls' opener with Bradley passing Walker Valley with 39 seconds to go in the game and holding on for a 49-44 win.
The Bearettes now stand at 6-1 in District 5-AAA (13-4 overall) and control their own destiny along with Cleveland, also 6-1 (9-6). The Lady Mustangs will need a little help down the stretch with four district games remaining. The Lady Mustangs, 5-2 (12-6 overall), will tangle for the second time against Cleveland on Jan. 30. The Bearettes will host the Lady Raiders inside Jim Smiddy Arena Jan. 23. Cleveland won the first meeting of the season 49-40.
"You have to give them (the Bearettes) praise. They came up here and could have easily folded," said Bearettes coach Jason Reuter. "I've been preaching to this team for four or five days that this team (Walker Valley) would be fired up. You could bring the Lady Vols in here, and they couldn't have been any more fired up to play them as they would the Bearettes. They played really well. They were not even close to the team we played at our place."
The Bearettes got a 24-point effort from freshman Rhyne Howard and 22 from sophomore Halle Hughes, who scored six points from 3-point distance.
Kathleen Alomar had the hot hand for the Lady Mustangs with 25 points. Jaclyn Griffith reached double figures with 13, including three 3-pointers.
"Kat took it on herself to carry a big load, and she did a good job," said Lady Mustangs coach Junior Tucker. "I didn't want to deal with overtime, but I'm just glad we were there at the end and had a chance to win."
The Lady Mustangs battled back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit that grew to 12 early in the second. Griffith, Caitlyn Lay and Emilee Spann combined to cut the Bearettes lead to four with just over four minutes left in the first half. Bradley responded with a 3 from Sidney Morgan and a 2-pointer from E.K. Brown to boost the Bearettes back to a 28-19 lead. Howard's 3 made it 31-22 with 2:17 left. Spann lifted in a 3 for the Lady Mustangs, and CyCy White followed with a basket to cut the Bradley lead to 31-27 at halftime.
"Our plan was to really play a little more conservative and take care of the basketball. It didn't start out that way. We turned it over and got down by 10 or 11 points. But they fought back and gave us a chance to win," said Tucker.
The Lady Mustangs opened the third quarter with six straight points to overtake the Bearettes 33-31 with 3:50 left. Howard tied the game at 33-33 with less than two minutes left in the third and the Bearettes outscored the Lady Mustangs 8-5 to lead 40-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
"They are a good offensive team. They play good defense, and they play good offense, too. They're tough to handle," said Tucker."Fortunately, we had a pretty good offense tonight, and we took it to them when we had the chance."
Walker Valley opened a 43-40 lead early in the fourth before the Bearettes battled back to take a 46-45 lead with 4:34 left in regulation. Alomar gave the advantage back to the Lady Mustangs with four straight points with 2:07 to go. Hughes tied the game at 49-49 seconds later with a basket and free throw. Hughes followed with two points off a Walker Valley turnover to make it 51-49.
The Lady Mustangs came up short on a 3-point attempt with 57 ticks left before getting another chance after a Bearettes turnover. CyCy White's put back sent the game into overtime after two missed 3-point shots by Bradley in the closing seconds.
Howard broke a 53-53 tie with a second basket And 1 to put the Bearettes out front 56-53 in overtime. Walker Valley rallied back with a 3 from Griffith followed by an Alomar And 1 to give the Lady Mustangs a 59-57 lead. A put back by Howard tied the game again at 59-all with 1:09 left. A miss by Walker Valley with 49 second left gave Brown the chance to put the Bearettes up 61-59 with 29 seconds to go.
Another miss by the Lady Mustangs with 20 seconds left forced Walker Valley to send the Bearettes to the free-throw line, where Emma Kate Brown and Howard iced the victory with four straight points from the line. White's two points at the buzzer for the lady Mustangs made it a 65-61 final.
"This is a great rivalry, and I'd like to think this will make us a little tougher. It was a tight game we could have lost, but we didn't. We won. We will learn from it and get ready to play the next game," said Reuter.
"We've got some kids that this is their first rodeo, so to speak. We have no seniors. We are playing hard. We are playing tough. I know we've improved, and I think our record indicates that."
The Bearettes were good on 20 of 41 tries (48 percent) from inside the 3-point line and 5 of 21 (24 percent) from outside the arc while going 10-of-16 from the free-throw line. The Bearettes pulled down one more rebound than the Lady Mustangs (27-26) and had six turnovers.
The Lady Mustangs were 41 percent (16 of 39) from inside the arc and 7 of 11 (63 percent) from outside. Walker Valley gave the ball away 26 times. The Lady Mustangs were a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Bradley Central 20 11 9 11 14 — 65
Walker Valley 11 16 12 12 10 — 61
Bradley Central (65) — Rhyne Howard 24, Halle Hughes 22, Emma Kate Brown 11, Morgan 3, Gaither 3, K. Brown 2, McRee.
Walker Valley (61) — Kathleen Alomar 25, Jaclyn Griffith 13, White 6, Spann 6, Lay 6, P. Davis 3, C. Davis, Maury, Jones.
3-point goals: Bradley Central 4 (Hughes 2, Morgan, Howard); Walker Valley 4 (Griffith 3, P. Davis).
Records: Bradley Central 12-4, 6-1 5-AAA; Walker Valley 12-6, 5-2.
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Bearettes top 90; Bears calm ’Canes
It may have been cold, drizzly and miserable outside Tuesday evening, but inside Jim Smiddy Arena the host Bradley squads heated things up with a pair of convincing District 5-AAA victories over East Hamilton.
Scoring in the 90s for just the fifth time since the turn of the century, the Bearettes almost set off the smoke detectors by sizzling the nylon for an amazing 75 percent (30-of-40) from in front of the 19-foot arc and 50 percent (6-for-12) beyond it in a 91-23 blowout of the Lady Hurricanes.
Meanwhile the Bears continued the home momentum with a 40-point opening half on their way to a 66-47 calming of the 'Canes.
After completing the first half of the district slate, Bradley will now turn its attention to a rematch with county rival Walker Valley Friday evening in "The Stable." The Bear squads swept the northside Herds in the early December district openers by a 71-35 tally in the girls' game and a 64-56 final by the boys.
Never trailing Tuesday evening, the Bearettes (12-4, 5-1 District 5-AAA) put up half a hundred points on the scoreboard before the Lady Hurricanes (5-13, 0-6) could reach double digits.
Coach Jason Reuter's girls broke open an 11-7 advantage with a 37 straight points, the vast majority of which came after more than a dozen opening-half steals.
After tickling the twine for 34 opening-quarter points, Bradley tacked on another 26 in the second eight-minute span to take a 60-11 edge into the locker room at the half.
Although East Hamilton was able to show a little life by matching its first-half total in the third period, the Bearettes kept their foot on the gas to add seven more points to their advantage.
Bradley continued its stifling defense down the stretch, giving up just a single free throw to the visitors in the fourth period while the offense added another 13 points to the home side of the scoreboard.
Four Bearettes ripped the cords for double-digit scoring, while two others weren't far behind.
Sophomore Halle Hughes outscored the Lady 'Canes on her own, hitting 10-of-13 shots from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers, on her way to 24 points. She also handed out nine assists, cleared a trio of rebounds and copped two steals.
Classmate Emma Kate Brown went 5-for-6 from the field and made 8-of-10 free throws as she netted 19 points, plus swiped a trio of thefts.
Freshman Rhyne Howard, who was a starter as an eighth-grader on the East Hamilton varsity last season, put 18 points on her old team, drilling 6-of-7 two pointers plus both of her lone-range attempts. She also dished off seven helps, pulled down four caroms, copped three steals and blocked a pair of shots.
Sophomore Kailey McRee made 5-of-6 shots from the field, including a pair of offensive rebound putbacks, for 10 points, while also dishing off two assists and copping a pair of thefts.
The team's only two upper classmen, juniors Katie Brown and Julia Gaither, also had strong efforts.
Katie Brown was 3-for-4 from the field and the charity stripe for nine points, plus she snagged four ricochets, dished off a pair of helps and swiped a couple of steals. Gaither added eight points, a half dozen assists, four rebounds and a trio of thefts.
The Bearette defense held East Hamilton to just 20 percent shooting from the field (7-of-35), and had 16 steals as part of 27 Lady Hurricane turnovers.
Bradley had 28 assists on 36 made baskets, plus won the battle of the boards by a 28-23 margin. The only fly in the Bearette ointment Tuesday evening was hitting just 13-of-25 free throws (53 percent).
The 91 points was the most scored by a Bearette team since a 95-46 victory over Soddy-Daisy on Jan. 31, 2006, plus it equaled a 91-12 effort against East Ridge in November 2007. Bradley's last 90-point game was a 90-22 win over Rhea County on Jan. 10, 2012.
BEARS 66, HURRICANES 47
East Hamilton's lone lead came at 3-2 in the opening minute as Bradley (11-7, 5-1) used a 14-4 run to get a little breathing room.
After leading 18-10 at the first horn, the Bears used a 22-9 streak in the second frame to take a 21-point advantage into the intermission.
Coach Chuck Clark's crew was able to stretch the lead by another seven points in the third period before the Hurricanes (12-11, 2-4) were able to trim a little off the deficit against the Bear bench in the final frame.
Ten of the dozen Bradley players got into the scoring column, with seniors Ty Morgan and Daniel Clark leading the way with 12 points apiece.
Morgan drained 4-of-5 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, plus all three of his foul shots. He also copped a trio of steals.
Daniel Clark garnered 11 rebounds for a double-double, plus handed out a trio of assists and swiped three thefts.
Senior Tucker Maroon helped out with nine points, three steals and a pair of pass deflections, while sophomore Cole Copeland added eight markers, four caroms, blocked three shots and handed off a couple of assists.
Junior Bradley McCurdy made all three of his shots from the field for seven points and dished off seven helps, while Tyrell Pitner collected a half dozen points, three thefts and a trio of assists.
Bradley hit 58 percent (23-of-40) of its shots from close range, but was just 3-for-14 from "downtown."
In the early games, Bradley claimed the girls JV game by a 43-23 score, while the Hurricanes won the boys' matchup by a 54-50 count.
Sophomore Sydney Morgan drilled four 3-pointers on her way to 16 points for the Bearettes, while Savannah Davis added eight markers.
Ty Beavers topped the Bear JV effort with 18 points, including a pair of treys, while Hunter Duggan added 11 and Lemeric Tucker had nine.
East Hamilton 7 4 11 1 — 23
Bradley Central 34 26 18 13 — 91
LADY HURRICANES (23) — Moon 6, Black 6, Woods 5, Zeh 2, Wood 2, Candle 1,
Gray 1, Scott, Harvey.
BEARETTES (91) — Halle Hughes 24, Emma Kate Brown 19, Rhyne Howard 18, Kailey McRee 10, Katie Brown 9, Gaither 8, Petterson 3, Abbott, Pell, Davis, Morgan.
3-POINTERS: EH (Woods); Bradley 6 (Hughes 3, EK Brown, Howard 2).
FREE THROWS: EH 8-of-17; Bradley 13-of-24.
RECORDS: East Hamilton 5-13, 0-6; Bradley 12-4, 5-1 District 5-AAA.
East Hamilton 10 9 11 17 — 47
Bradley Central 18 22 18 8 — 66
HURRICANES (47) — Thompson 8, Dozier 8, Griffith 8, Beach 7, Clark 5, Rawls 3, Chacko 2, Wilson 2, Wingard 2, Hughley 2, Fager, Rogers.
BEARS (66) — Ty Morgan 12, Daniel Clark 12, Maroon 9, Copeland 8, McCurdy 7, Pitner 6, Beavers 4, Parker 4, Rymer 2, Tucker 2, Moore, Ware.
3-POINTERS: EH 5 (Dozier 2, Griffith 2, Rawls); Bradley 3 (Maroon, Morgan, McCurdy).
FREE THROWS: EH 8-of-19; Bradley 11-of-14.
RECORDS: East Hamilton 12-11, 2-4 District 5-AAA; Bradley 11-7, 5-1 District 5-AAA.
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Bradley hoopsters sweep Soddy
After strong showings in a pair of tough holiday tournaments, Bradley Central opened the new year with a couple of easy District 5-AAA victories Tuesday evening at Jim Smiddy Arena.
The Bearettes, who swept all three of their games at the State Farm Classic in Murfreesboro last week, held visiting Soddy-Daisy to single-digit scoring in each of the four periods while ripping the cords for a 68-24 win.
After a third-place finish at the Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament in Maryville, the Bears put up a trio of 20-point quarters on their way to their highest score of the season in an 86-61 victory over the Trojans.
Both Bradley squads will make the trip to the foot of Signal Mountain this evening to battle a pair of state-ranked Baylor teams. The Bearettes (11-3) will take on the third-ranked Lady Raiders (10-1) at 6 p.m., followed by the Bears (10-6) and the No. 11 Red Raiders (5-3).
With a 4-1 league mark, the Bradley girls moved into a tie for the top spot in the district race thanks to Walker Valley's (10-5, 4-1) 43-38 win over Cleveland (6-6, 3-1) Tuesday at "The Stable."
The Bearettes dominated Soddy (6-8, 1-3) from the opening tip, scoring the game's first half dozen points on their way to a 20-4 advantage when the opening period buzzer blared.
The hosts kept the pressure up in the second frame, netting a 22-5 edge for a 33-point lead as the teams took intermission. The difference increased to 35 points as the final frame was played with a running clock.
Coach Jason Reuter's Black-and-Gold squad sizzled the nylon at a 61-percent clip (22-for-36) from inside the 19-foot arc, plus drained 5-of-14 shots beyond it. The visitors were held to just 19 percent shooting (8-for-43) from the field.
Bradley dominated the backboards at a 41-26 margin, plus took advantage of 13 steals as the Lady Trojans turned the ball over 18 times.
Four Bearettes scored in double figures in a balanced offensive attack. Sophomore Halle Hughes topped the tight-knit list with 15 points, hitting 7-of-11 close-range shots, dishing out four assists, grabbing a trio of caroms and copping a pair of steals.
Playing in just her fourth game since returning from a foot injury that cost her the first month of the season, Emma Kate Brown came off the bench to pump in 13 points, plus the sophomore snagged four ricochets, handed out three helps and also had two thefts.
Rhyne Howard continued her sensational freshman campaign with a dozen markers, hitting 3-of-5 shots in front of the arc and 2-for-4 beyond it. She also dominated the glass for 18 rebounds for a double-double, dished off seven assists, made five steals and blocked a trio of shots.
Hitting 4-of-5 shots from the field and all three of her free-throw attempts, junior Julia Gaither pitched in with 11 points, four caroms, three thefts and a pair of helps.
Classmate Katie Brown added a half dozen points and four boards, while sophomore Kailey McRee hit both of her shots from the field, plus a free throw for five points, and also snagged three rebounds in the victory.
Soddy-Daisy 4 5 7 8 — 24
Bradley Central 20 22 10 16 — 68
LADY TROJANS (24) — King 6, Ghafferity 6, Trimiar 5, Ward 3, Hopkins 2, Hale 2, Bryant, Phillips, Woodward.
BEARETTES (68) — Halle Hughes 15, Emma Kate Brown 13, Rhyne Howard 12, Julia Gaither 11, Katie Brown 6, Morgan 5, McRee 4, Abbott 2, Petterson, Pell, Davis.
3-POINTERS: SD 1 (Ward); Bradley 5 (EK Brown 2, Howard 2, Morgan).
FREE THROWS: SD 7-of-10; Bradley 9-of-15.
RECORDS: Soddy-Daisy 6-8, 1-3 District 5-AAA; Bradley 11-3, 4-1 District 5-AAA.
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Bearettes get 10th win
LADY COUGARS 45
Getting a balanced offensive attack, Bradley (10-3) had four players score in double figures in two straight games, including a trio that pumped in 14 points each against Munford.
After 6 1/2 weeks of missed practices due to a foot injury, sophomore Emma Kate Brown wrapped up a strong return to the lineup with 14 points, including hitting both of her 3-point attempts, plus she went 4-of-6 at the free-throw line and cleared eight rebounds Tuesday.
She had 10 points and five boards in a victory over Gatlinburg-Pittman Monday, after six points in a very limited role in the event's opening win against Smyrna.
"I ended up using her more than I had told her dad (former coach Richie Hughes) and my assistant coaches (Amy Tinsley and Katie Frazier)," commented Bearette head coach Jason Reuter. "She only had two practices with us before we came over, but she looked strong and performed well."
After 39 points in the first two games, sophomore Halle Hughes continued her strong season with 14 points Tuesday, including 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
Julia Gaither found the bottom of the net on 6-of-8 field goal tries, plus hit both of her charity tosses for 14 points. The junior also dished out seven assists, pulled down five rebounds and copped a half dozen thefts in the victory. Gaither netted 10 points in the win over Gatlinburg-Pittman.
Rhyne Howard wrapped up an outstanding event with 10 points, four helps, a trio of thefts and a pair of rebounds Tuesday. For the three-game span, the freshman point guard posted 44 points, 21 caroms, a dozen steals and nine assists.
"We had a good tournament. We are showing good improvement and made a good transition to having 'EK' back in the lineup," Coach Reuter commented.
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