Edwardsburg comes up short against No. 1 ’CatsPublished 5:42pm Monday, January 16, 2012
The Brandywine girls basketball team received the honor of being ranked No. 1 (Class C) in the first poll of the season on Tuesday.
On the court, Edwardsburg almost stole the spotlight from the Bobcats in a game for first place in the Lakeland Conference. Brandywine eventually escaped with a 45-43 win to improve to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the league.
The two-time defending conference champions extended their conference win streak to 34 games.
“I thought (Edwardsburg) played to win and played free there at the end,” said Brandywine coach Josh Hood. “We were very uptight. We got the ball into the hands of the girls that we wanted to get the ball to there. We just didn’t knock down the free throws.”
In the final 35 seconds, Brandywine missed three front ends of 1-and-1s giving Edwardsburg a chance to stay in the game. Trailing 44-41, the Eddies’ Sarah D’Amico shot a 3-pointer with :08 left which hit off the front of the rim.
Carlie Newman got the rebound for the Bobcats and was fouled with :05.6 remaining. She hit the second of two free throws to seal the win for Brandywine. D’Amico scored on a rebound basket as time expired to cap the game’s scoring. Edwardsburg had no time-outs so Brandywine allowed the Eddies to go fullcourt uncontested.
“We had D’Amico with an open shot,” said Edwardsburg coach Nicole Cartwright about her team’s execution in the final seconds. “I’ll put the ball in her hands every time. It’s not the fact that she missed the shot, it’s the fact that we had a lot of turnovers (14) and we allowed them a lot of offensive boards.”
Brandywine appeared in control after Rachael Ort hit a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 42-29 lead with 6:33 left in the game. But the Eddies refused to stay down, gradually chipping into the lead with great free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter (8-for-8).
“The girls really listened,” Cartwright said. “We talked at halftime about taking the ball to the hole. At the half, we had been to the line only twice. In the second half, we shot 20 free throws. We attacked and got fouled. That was a big difference.”
D’Amico scored 15 points and Ashley Streb added 12 to lead the Eddies, who dropped to 4-1 in the league and 6-4 overall.
Brandywine, which last trailed in the game at 4-3, got points in the paint and on the perimeter. Points inside came from Madison Pellow, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Pellow stopped an 8-0 Edwardsburg run when she scored with 1:44 left in the game to give Brandywine a 44-37 lead.
“Madison is a gamer,” Hood said. “She was mad with herself for missing some lay-ups early. We kept feeding her and she took over in the second and third quarter and she kind of broke the ice when she made that basket when we were up five in fourth quarter.”
The Bobcats totaled six 3-pointers-four from Ort, which were all of her field goals. Newman added nine points and eight rebounds.
“It’s a big win on the road in a tough environment,” Hood said. “Edwardsburg was gunning for us.”
Mackenzie Shelton 1 0-3 2, Brooke Smith 2 2-2 7, Madison Pellow 5 3-5 13, Rachael Ort 4 0-0 12, Carlie Newman 2 4-7 9, Mikayla Kemp 0 0-0 0, Victoria Knight 1 0-1 2, Tiarra Hullinger 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15 9-18 45
Sarah D’Amico 4 7-8 15, Mariah Murphy 2 1-2 5, Alexis Blake 2 1-3 5, Brooke Portwood 1 0-0 2, Ashley Streb 3 6-6 12, Maddi Holmes 0 0-0 0, Katelynn Rogers 1 2-2 4, Olivia Hack 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 17-21 43
Brandywine 11 23 37 45
Edwardsburg 8 15 29 43
3-point baskets: Brandywine 6 (Ort 4, Newman, Smith), Edwardsburg (none). Total fouls (fouled out): Brandywine 15 (none), Edwardsburg 15 (none). Shooting: Brandywine 15-of-47 for 32-percent, Edwardsburg 13-of-36 for 36-percent. Rebounding: Brandywine 24 (Pellow and Newman 8 each), Edwardsburg 26 (Blake 7). Turnovers: Brandywine 8, Edwardsburg 14. Varsity records: Brandywine 10-0, 5-0 Lakeland Conference; Edwardsburg 6-4, 4-1 Lakeland Conference
BRIDGMAN — The final tune up before Tuesday’s Lakeland Conference girls basketball showdown with Edwardsburg had the Eddies firing on all cylinders.
Edwardsburg mauled Bridgman 54-11 Friday night to improve to 4-0 in conference play and set up a battle of unbeaten with Brandywine, which also improved to 4-0 Friday night with a lopsided win over Buchanan.
The Eddies (6-4 overall) blanked Bridgman (3-5, 0-4 Lakeland) in the second and fourth quarters to earn the easy victory.
Edwardsburg led 16-8 after one quarter and 26-8 at halftime after posting the shutout.
The Eddies took a 45-11 advantage into the final quarter.
Sarah D’Amico led Edwardsburg and all scorers with 19 points. Mariah Murphy added 14 points.
Same Wagner had five points for the Bees.
Liv Hack 2; Maddie Holmes 0; Ashley Streb 10; Sarah D’Amico 19; Brandi Fleishauer 0; Mariah Murphy 14; Brooke Portwood 2; Alexis Blake 0; Katelyn Rogers 7. TOTALS: 19 9-17 54
Anna Schmaltz 0; Makayla Lechnet 0; Rachel Stem 0; Brittney Doehrer 2; Niki Streffling 2; Sam Wagner 5; April Pliley 0; Alyssa Kaynicky 0; Lexy Deckert 2. TOTALS: 2 6-8 11
Edwardsburg 16 26 45 56
Bridgman 8 8 11 11
3-point baskets: Edwardsburg 3 (D’Amico 2, Murphy), Bridgman 1 (Wagner). Total fouls (fouled out): Edwardsburg 9 (none), Bridgman 14 (Streffling).
Varsity records: Edwardsburg 6-4, 4-0 Lakeland; Bridgman 3-5, 0-4 Lakeland