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Bradley Central vs Ooltewah basketball



While the Bearettes are still working to better their percentage from behind the 3-point arc, 3-pointers were not needed in their 55-point win over the Lady Owls.

The Bradley Central girls hit 6 of 15 from outside with Lyndsey Davis, Mady Stallings, Chelsie Summers, Julia Gaither, Katie Brown and Halle Hughes all finding the long-range mark. But it was 6-foot-2 senior center Brooke Copeland leading the way for the Bearettes with her usual dominating performance inside the lane. Copeland piled in a game-high 25 points on the night with 21 coming in the first half. The University of Florida volleyball signee went down early in the third quarter leaving the game after a collision with a Lady Owl. Copeland returned minutes later to toss in her final four points and watched as teammates took care of business the rest of the way. Fellow senior Rebecca Reuter reached double figures with 13 points.

“We didn’t have near the mistakes tonight that we’ve had,” said Bearettes coach Jason Reuter as he looked over game statistics after the win. “It was a well balanced game. The score got out of hand, but I was proud our kids didn’t play the scoreboard, they kept playing, even the young kids. I chapped them once or twice about giving up rebounds, but you have to be a realist. When Rebecca and Brooke are not out there, it exposes maybe the lack of size at time. We have to be realistic, they [the younger group] shot so many shots and shot so poorly there were a lot of long rebounds that came off. Other than that, it was a complete game.”

Even so, the Bearettes out-jumped the Lady Owls for 39 rebounds to 17 for Ooltewah and for the game piled in 71 percent of shots from 2-point distance only missing on eight of 28 attempts. The Lady Owls hit only seven of 36 2-pointers and one of 13 from 3-point distance.

It was the Lady Owls who took the early lead, however, hitting the only Ooltewah 3 of the night to take a 3-0 lead. Davis quickly followed with the first Bearettes trey of the night, and the rout was on. Bradley Central jumped to a 10-3 lead and went on to take a 21-15 lead at halftime. The Bearettes held Ooltewah to three points in the second quarter and two in the third before giving up eight in the fourth.

“I thought everybody came in and contributed,” said Reuter. “They zoned us the entire night. We are going to see a lot of that. We’ve got to take positives. I can tell as a coach my team is getting more comfortable in being zoned. Sometimes you have to be comfortable in being uncomfortable. Most teams in this district or region are not going to be able to match up with our big girls, and we are going to see a lot of zone. Really, when teams are zoning us they are just doing us a favor for later on in the year.

“I’m very proud of our girls, very proud of them. They are getting better.”


Ooltewah 6 3 2 8 — 19

Bradley Central 21 18 20 15 — 74

Ooltewah (19) — Baker 5, Corley 3, C. Cox 2, K. Cox 2, Spange 2, Hall2, Cline 2, Henderson 1.

Bradley Central (74) — Brooke Copeland 25, Rebeca Reuter 13, E. K. Brown 8, Gaither 7, Hughes 7, K. Brown 5, Davis 3, Stallings 3, Summers 3, Delane, McCree.

3-point goals: Ooltewah 1 (Baker); Bradley Central 6 (Davis, Stallings, Summers, Gaither, Brown, Hughes).

Records: Ooltewah 2-6, 1-3 5-AAA; Bradley Central 8-2, 3-1.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bradley Bears fight back to slam door on Ooltewah Owls


Bears, Bearettes split with Baylor

Chattanooga — The Bradley Central basketball teams ventured south to Baylor on Tuesday and came away with a win and a loss.

The Bearettes (9-2) started out ragged before regrouping to pull away for their 16th consecutive win over the Lady Red Raiders with a 57-39 victory.

However, the Bears (5-6) weren’t as fortunate as the torrid shooting Red Raiders dominated with a final 69-44 score.

Both Bradley teams must get ready for another road trip Friday as they hit Middle Tennessee for a rematch of their season-opening games with Cookeville.

The Bearettes rolled to an easy win while the Bears were playing shorthanded due to football and were roughed up on their home court.

The Baylor ladies jumped to a quick 9-2 lead in the first quarter before Florida-bound Brooke Copeland came off the bench to lead the Bearettes to a very shaky 20-14 lead at the half.

Copeland would go on to lead the Bearettes with 25 points and 15 rebounds to secure another double-double.

MTSU signee Rebecca Reuter would toss in 10 points and pull down 13 boards to also double up for the Bearettes.

Seven different players scored as the Bearettes knocked down 22 of 27 free throws. They also dominated the backboards by a count of 37-19.

“We came out sloppy with 13 turnovers in the first half, most of them unforced in the first quarter but cut those down to seven in the second half,” remarked Bearettes coach Jason Reuter. “I’m proud of how we bounced back and took care of the ball. We played hard and totally outrebounded them.”

Red Raiders 69,

Bears 44

The Bears found themselves down early with the Red Raiders gunning 3-pointers over the Bears’ zone defense.

Baylor’s first three shots made were from behind the arc and the theme continued throughout the night as they would eventually close out with a total of eight from downtown. To make matters a little more difficult for the Bears, Baylor began to work the back door for numerous layups.

As a team the Red Raiders shot 68 percent from the field on 26-of-38 shooting while the Bears could only manage 16-for-48 for 33 percent.

Baylor also finished strong with 8-of-12 from 3-point land and placed four players in double figures.

Senior Taylor Bentley was the only Bear to hit double digits with 11 points.

The Bears cut an eight point deficit to four midway through the second quarter before a Baylor scoring spurt pushed it back to 12 at the half.

The Red Raiders opened the second half by outscoring the Bears 10-2, and pushed the score to 50-33 after three periods.

The fourth quarter saw Baylor extend its lead to the final margin as the Bears couldn’t stop the scoring onslaught.

Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bears Bearettes split with Baylor


Bradley wins twice over cross-town rival Raiders


The Cleveland girls came into Tuesday evening knowing full well about the challenges that lay waiting for them in Jim Smiddy Arena when they faced Bradley Central.While the Bearettes (7-2, 2-1) were only ahead of the Lady Raiders (3-2, 1-1) by six points, 9-3, by the end of the first quarter, the “golden” girls soon were able to bury their rival.Following a slow start, Bradley was able to put 23 points up on the board in the second quarter, finishing out the first half with 32-12 lead over Cleveland.“No disrespect to Cleveland but we have more size and experience than them and I think it was very obvious that we had them outmanned inside,” Bearettes head coach Jason Reuter said. “I don’t think Cleveland could have shot it any worse than they did tonight. They’re a better-shooting team than they showed tonight.”The Lady Raiders hit 4-of-13 field goals and were 0-for-12 in 3-pointers for a shooting percentage of 16 in the first half.“Obviously we were outsized inside and we were very hesitant in the first half. There’s just a lot of things that we work on daily that we didn’t do in the first half,” Cleveland head coach Mindy Kiser stated. “In the first half I felt like we were just slinging the ball at the rim and just hoping for the best instead of working for the very best shot. When you play good teams, like we played tonight, you can’t do that.”While the Lady Raiders struggled with shooting in the first half, the Bearettes hit 10-of-16 two-point shots and 2-of-4 their 3-pointers for 60 percent shooting.For Coach Reuter, it is the opportunities his team didn’t take advantage of that are troubling.“The only complaint I have with my girls is that we wasted too many trips. We’re trying to look at the big picture here. We’ve got to get more consistent, we have to be able to go four and five trips and score if we want to compete with wthe top teams in the state,” Reuter explained. “We were just missing easy shots or having a silly turnover. It was just us not executing. When we started executing, that margin began to increase. “We are after the big prize and that’s why I’m harping on the little things, because those are the things that decide if you win the state championship or not.”The Bearettes carried their domination of the court over into the second half, finishing the third quarter with a 25 point lead over the Lady Raiders. Cleveland was able to add 10 more points to the scoreboard before the final buzzer sounded, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap between the teams.“It’s a tough place to play but that doesn’t excuse our execution. We weren’t able to change defenses like we wanted to because we couldn’t get the ball in the hole,” Kiser said.For the game, Cleveland hit 22 percent of its shots and Bradley hit for 59 percent.The Lady Raiders did see success from the free-throw line, hitting 71 percent of their free-throws.Jenna Scoggins led the girls in blue with 10 points.The Bearettes had 36 rebounds and 16 turnovers while Cleveland had 19 rebounds and 19 turnovers.The “Twin Towers” led the way for Bradley, with Brooke Copeland netting 23 points and Rebecca Reuter totaling 17 points.“We beat our archrival by 29 points, now we need to move on,” Reuter said. “I’m very proud of my girls, they were very obviously focused and ready. All of my girls played and everyone did something good out there. It was just an overall good team win.”District 5-AAA play continues for both schools on Friday. Bradley Central will host Ooltewah, while Cleveland travels down to Collegedale to face East Hamilton. BEARETTES 57, LADY RAIDERS 28GIRLSCleveland 3 10 6 10 — 28Bradley Central 9 23 11 14 — 57Cleveland (28) — Jenna Scoggins 10, Berry 7, Morman 4, Phillips 3, McCledon 2, Crump 2, Stamatiadis, Borton, Mastin, Walkup, Person.Bradley Central (57) — Brooke Copeland 23, Rebecca Reuter 17, Davis 4, EK. Brown 4, Stallings 3, Delane 3, Summers 3, Hubbard, Hughes, K. Brown, Gaither, McRee.3-point goals: Bradley 3 (Stallings, Delane, Summers).Free throws: Cleveland 5-of-6; Bradley 17-of-24.RrecordsS: Cleveland 3-2, 1-1; Bradley 7-2, 2-1.
Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Bradley wins twice over cross town rival Raiders


Bradley takes two from McMinn Tribe

ATHENS — On a cold, rainy Friday night in the Friendly City, the Bradley Central  Bears and Bearettes made the short trip to Athens in search of District  5-AAA wins over McMinn County.
The Bearettes sputtered a bit defensively  in the first quarter while Brooke Copeland provided the needed offense to get  the Bearettes out front. The Bradley girls put it all together in the second  quarter and coasted to a 57-37 win over the Lady Cherokees.
The Bears  battled back from a five-point, first-quarter deficit to trail by two at the  half then rallied to take a one-point lead after three quarters. Bradley built a  double-digit cushion in the fourth before locking up a 65-54  victory.
“Anybody that wins by 20 is usually satisfied, but if we are  going to talk the talk that we are going to be district and region champions,  and no disrespect to McMinn, but we didn’t finish them quick enough,” said  Bearettes coach Jason Reuter. “We’ve got to mature quickly. We’ve played eight  games now, it’s still early but it won’t be long until we will be talking about  playing 12, 14 or 15 games.”
Copeland’s 11 first-quarter points kept the  Bearettes’ (5-2, 1-1 District 5-AAA) heads above water as the Lady Tribe (1-6,  1-1) had early thoughts of an upset victory.
Copeland finished the first  half with 15 points and ended the night with 20. Rebecca Reuter added 11 points  to the total.
Leading 13-10, the Bearettes quickly put any thoughts of a  McMinn win to rest in the second scoring 10 unanswered points to build a 23-10  cushion. Copeland, Halle Hughes, Reuter, Mady Stallings, Lyndsey Davis and Julia  Gaither all added to the inflating Bearettes’ lead. On the defensive end of the  court, Bradley effectively shut down McMinn’s offensive thrust holding the Lady  Cherokees to eight points.
“Coming off a terrible shooting night last  Tuesday all you can preach on is confidence. We shot the ball exceptionally well  from inside for two. We were still not great from the 3-point line,” said  Reuter.
The Bearettes hit 59 percent from inside the arc but went a  disappointing 2-for-14 behind the 3-point line. Bradley did well from the  free-throw line hitting 17-of-20 shots. The Bearettes missed their goal of  limiting turnovers to 15 by one giveaway.
Reuter was not pleased with the  Bearettes’ third quarter offensive performance. Bradley held McMinn to only  seven points, but only managed to score eight with the first points of the  quarter coming with 4:28 to go.
“We came out with a 15-point lead and  went almost four minutes without scoring a bucket. We went about three of those  without even getting a shot off,” Reuter said.
“When are we going get  where we can come out and run like a well-oiled machine like the Bearettes teams  have in the past? We are not going to be able to press everybody this year, but  we should be able to wear you out in a half-court game.”
The Bearettes  picked it back up in the fourth quarter and built the 41-25 third quarter lead  to 51-31 with just over three minutes left in the game before closing out the  20-point win.
“We’re going to knock down some shots. I keep telling my  girls they don’t have to hit them all, they have to hit 1 out of 3. If you do  that’s equal to 50 percent from two-point area,” said the Bearettes coach.  “
“I may seem like I’m hard on these girls and I’m pressing more, but  we’ve all agreed we have certain goals and they know they’ve got to play better.  The greedy part of this is we won by 20 and know we didn’t play our best. We’ve  just got to keep working.”
The Bearettes have the weekend off and will  use the time to prepare for Tuesday’s meeting with cross-town rival  Cleveland.
“We’ve got a big game coming up Tuesday, if I have to get them  pumped for that one then it may be time to think about playing another sport,”  said Reuter. “We’ve got to get jacked up for Cleveland.”
The Bears found the going tough in the early minutes against  the Tribe. McMinn opened a 15-9 lead with just over two minutes to play in the  first quarter. A goal tending call on the Bears with 1:03 on the board put the  hosts up 17-12.
“Every year when you come to McMinn, it doesn’t matter  how good their team is they get up for us. It’s one of the longest rivalries in  the state. We’ve played since about 1917. Whenever Bradley comes to McMinn  County it’s a dog fight and we know that,” said Bear coach Chuck Clark. “I’ve  told these guys and preached it all day Wednesday and Thursday about what it  would be like, and it was.”
Clark’ prediction proved to be spot on with  the Tribe building a 21-12 lead to begin the second quarter. The Bears cut it to  24-19 with a toss by Ty Morgan. Bradley closed the gap to 26-25 with two more  from Morgan and four points from Bradley McCurdy.
Bentley made it a 29-28  game with a 3-pointer with five seconds left on the clock only to watch as the  Cherokees threw up a Hail Mary from near mid-court at the buzzer that found the  target and give McMinn a 32-28 lead at halftime.
Bentley led the Bears  with 13 points. Cole Copeland added 12 points to the win and Logan Cox scored 11  on the night.
“They turned around and threw that 3 up right at the  buzzer. Everything was good until right there,” Clark recalled. “That put us  down four again and gave them a little momentum going to the locker  room.”
The Bears snatched momentum from the Cherokees with points from  Copeland and McCurdy early in the third and tied the game at 36-36 with just  under three minutes burned off the second-half clock. Bentley gave the Bears  their first lead of the night with a tip-in 2-pointer and Bradley held on to  lead 43-42 at the end of the quarter.
“We turned up the heat on our  press. I got some different personnel in off the bench after adjusting a few  things at halftime. I chewed their butts out a little bit and they came out and  played a little bit better,” said Clark.
The Bears turned up the heat  offensively to open the fourth beginning with a big 3 by Tucker Maroon from the  right corner. Cox followed with a 3-pointer from the same corner and put Bradley  on top 55-45 with one more trey from the opposite corner a minute  later.
“I brought Tucker Maroon in and he hit a huge 3 from the corner.  Then Logan Cox turned around right after that and hit another 3,” said  Clark.
McMinn made it a 58-51 game with two minutes left to play. The  Bears, after a final 2-pointer by Bentley, closed out the night from the  free-throw line to seal the win.
On the night, the Bears went 17-of-29  from inside the 3-point line and 4-for-8 from 3-point distance. From the line  Bradley was good on 18-of-28 tosses. The Bears pulled down 25 rebounds and  committed 13 turnovers.
“We started being a little bit more patient and  we were breaking them down as far as their defense goes. We started taking  advantage of some of the mismatches we had,” said  Clark.
Bradley Central 13 20 8 16 — 57
McMinn County 10 8 7 12 —  37
BEARETTES (57) — Brooke Copeland 20, Rebecca Reuter 11, Stallings 6,  Gaither 6, Brown 6, Davis 2, Delane 1, Summars 1, Brown,  McRee.
LADY CHEROKEES (37) — Rachel Simbeck 14, Burke 8, Dispemnse 6,  Kelley 5, Wilson 2, Robinson 2, Cornett, Madison, Thompson.
3-point  goals: Bradley Central 2 (Stallings); McMinn County 3 (Simbeck 2,  Burke).
Records: Bradley Central 5-2, 1-1 District 5-AAA; McMinn County  1-6, 1-1 District 5-AAA.
Read more:  Cleveland Daily Banner - Bradley takes two from McMinn Tribe


WV stuns Bearettes: Snap 40-win district streak




Putting together “four solid quarters” and being able to “set the pace” paid big  dividends for the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs as they snapped a 40-game District  5-AAA winning streak by archrival Bradley Central Tuesday evening at “The  Stable.”
“This is a huge win. As coaches we can tell the girls we have  confidence in them, but a big win like this gives them confidence in  themselves,” declared third-year Lady Mustang head coach Jessica Stone after the  45-37 shocker.
“We had to battle and earned every point we got, but we  were able to do the things we wanted to do and it worked,” she added after her  first victory over the county rivals since she took over the head coaching  duties on the north end. Stone was an assistant coach when Walker Valley was the  last district team to defeat the three-time 5-AAA champion Bearettes back on  Jan. 18, 2011.
“You have to tip your hat to Walker Valley. They had a  game plan and they were able to execute it,” remarked Bearette head coach Jason  Reuter. “This falls on me. I should have had us better prepared.”
While  Reuter was willing to shoulder the blame, the fact of the matter is this team  couldn’t buy a bucket and had 21 turnovers, while the Lady Mustangs capitalized  on their opportunities and controlled the flow of the game.
“I don’t  remember us having a worse shooting night. We only made 2-of-24 3-pointers.  That’s what, 8 percent, and I can’t remember us taking any bad shots, but they  just weren’t going down,” related Reuter. The Bearettes made just 12-of-28  two-point attempts, while the hosts sank 50 percent (15-of-30) from close in,  but also struggled some from distance, hitting 2-of-11 from beyond the  arc.
Now 4-1 on the season, Walker Valley will continue district play  Thursday with a trip to Ooltewah (1-4, 0-1), while Bradley (5-2, 0-1) will  travel to McMinn County (1-5, 1-0) Friday evening.
The Lady Mustangs came  out of the gate strong Tuesday evening, netting the game’s first two baskets on  drives by sophomore Kathleen Alomar and senior Victoria Jones.
Bradley  fought back to even the score at 4-all and 6-all as University of Florida signee  Brooke Copeland put in the first three Bearette field goals, but when senior  Mady Stallings drilled a 3-pointer a few minutes later to knot the game at 9, it  would be as close as the visitors came to the lead in the contest.
Walker  Valley netted the final four points of the opening frame on a pair of Davis free  throws and an offensive rebound putback by junior Jaclyn Griffith.
A  3-pointer by Alomar to open the second quarter scoring pushed the advantage to  seven points for the first of four times throughout the frame. Middle Tennessee  State signee Rebecca Reuter scored six of Bradley’s last eight points before the  half to trim the deficit to just three points, but a jumper from the side of the  key by senior Lyndsey Macon with just three seconds on the clock put the  “Fillies” back up by five at the intermission.
The second half started  slow with Bradley making just one of its first 13 shots, while Walker Valley  found the bottom of the net just once in seven tries during the first 6 1/2  minutes. The teams combined for just 14 points in the third frame, with the lead  trimmed to just three points heading into the fourth quarter.
Once again  the hosts struck first on a drive by Macon to open the final frame scoring. Even  though Bradley stayed within striking distance at four points for the majority  of the period, it went cold down the stretch, missing its final four shots and  turning the ball over three times in the final 94 seconds. Walker Valley was  able to preserve the victory at the free-throw line, sinking 4-of-6 in the final  minute.
“We (Walker Valley) were consistent. When Bradley would make a  couple of shots to cut the lead, our girls didn’t panic, but would come right  back down, stay patient and get a good shot,” praised Coach Stone. “We still  have a lot of improving to do, but we are off to a good start and we’ve shown we  can play with anybody.”
Macon led the Lady Mustang attack with 14 points,  four rebounds, four steals, a pair of assists, plus she blocked a shot attempt  by one of Bradley’s 6-foot-2 “Twin Towers.”
Jones and Alomar finished  with 10 points apiece, with Jones grabbing a trio of rebounds, while Alomar  snatched a half dozen steals. DJ Mowery pulled down five caroms in the victory,  while Griffith added seven points.
Copeland topped the Bradley stat sheet  with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, plus she blocked a pair of  shots. Rebecca Reuter helped out with 10 points and seven caroms, while freshman  Emma Kate Brown came off the bench for seven markers and four  ricochets.
The Bearettes committed 21 turnovers, compared to 17 for the  hosts, but won the battle of the backboards by a 32-22  margin.
Bradley Central 9 15 8 5  —  37
Walker Valley 13 16 6 10 — 45
BEARETTES (37) — Brooke Copeland  13, Rebecca Reuter 10, Emma Kate Brown 7, Mady Stallings 3, Lyndsy Davis 2,  Katie Brown 2, Julia Gaither, Chelsie Summars.
LADY MUSTANGS (45) —  Lyndsey Macon 14, Victoria Jones 10, Kathleen Alomar 10, Jaclyn Griffith 7,  Emilee Spann 2, DJ Mowery 2, Peyton Davis.
3-POINTERS: Bradley 2  (Stallings, EK Brown); WV 2 (Alomar, Griffith).
FREE THROWS: Bradley  5-of-7; WV 9-of-15.
RECORDS: Bradley Central 5-2, 0-1 District 5-AAA;  Walker Valley 4-1, 1-0 District 5-AAA.
Read more:  Cleveland Daily Banner - WV stuns Bearettes Snap 40 win district streak



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