End of an eraPublished 10:33pm Tuesday, March 13, 2012
BANGOR — It is the end of the greatest era in Brandywine girls basketball history.
Number 2-ranked Concord ended a four-year reign of the Bobcats with a 56-45 victory in the Class C quarterfinals Tuesday night.
Brandywine went 88-12 over the last four years with four district championships, three regional championships, two quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal appearance.
On Tuesday night, the Yellow Jackets were the better team and they proved it through the final three quarters of the contest.
In the end, it came down to shooting and rebounding.
The Bobcats (24-2) finished 16-of-53 (30 percent) and were outrebounded 38-19. Even worse, the Yellow Jackets held a 17-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
“It’s a simple formula,” Brandywine coach Josh Hood said. “Again, our No. 1 key tonight because we are not the biggest key was rebounding. If you don’t take pride in rebounding, sooner or later its going to come up and bite you.”
The Bobcats shot the ball extremely well in the opening minutes of the game and throughout the first quarter.
Brandywine was 7-of-13 from the field compared to 7-of-19 for Concord. But the Bobcats couldn’t keep the Yellow Jackets off the glass giving them second and third chances nearly every time down the floor in the first half.
Brandywine was able to take a 20-19 advantage after the opening eight minutes thanks to a 3-point play by senior Madison Pellow with 39 seconds left in the quarter.
As well as Brandywine shot the ball in the first quarter, the Bobcats were stone cold in the second period.
Brandywine was just 2-of-9 and finished the half shooting 41 percent (9-of-22).
Concord took control of the first half by hitting seven of its 18 shots in the second quarter.
After the game was tied at 23-23, Courtney Clark gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good with a basket with 5:22 to play in the first half.
From there, Concord stretched its advantage to eight points by halftime, 33-25.
Things didn’t get any better for the Bobcats in the second half. Brandywine hit just 1-of-15 shots in the third quarter. Fortunately for Brandywine, Concord didn’t shoot the ball any better. It was just 2-of-15 from the field, but hit four free throws and a pair of 3-pointers to increase its advantage to 43-31 heading into the final quarter.
Brandywine’s all-time leading scorer Carlie Newman, who struggled shooting the ball throughout the contest, finally came alive in the final eight minutes and scored 11 of her game-high 23 points.
Newman was named first team All-State once again for her efforts this season.
But the Bobcats were unable to force turnovers to create more offensive chances and Concord was able to make enough shots and free throws to maintain its comfortable lead.
The Yellow Jackets were 3-of-5 from the floor and hit 7 of their 11 free throw attempts.
Besides Newman, Brandywine got five points each from Rachael Ort, Mackenzie Shelton and Madison Pellow.
Julayne Brigham led Concord with 17 points. Andrea Brigham and Maycee Brigham each had 12 points.
Carlie Newman 9 1-2 23; Rachael Ort 2 0-0 5; Mackenzie Shelton 1 2-2 5; Tia Hullinger 1 0-0 2; Victoria Knight 0 2-2 2; Brooke Smith 1 0-0 3; Mikayla Kemp 0 0-0 0; Madison Pellow 2 1-1 5. TOTALS: 16 6-7 45
Megan Redman 0 2-4 2; Andrea Brigham 4 1-3 12; Courtney Clark 3 2-2 8; Julayne Brigham 6 5-9 17; Maycee Brigham 4 4-6 12; Sydney Martines 0 0-0 0; Savanna Brooks 0 0-0 0; Ali Shepherd 1 1-2 3; Kelsey Kryst 0 0-0 0; Same Reeve 0 0-0 0; Chloe Bulloch 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 19 15-26 52
Brandywine 20 25 31 45
Concord 19 33 43 56
3-point baskets: Brandywine 7 (Newman 4, Ort, Shelton, Smith), Concord 3 (A. Brigham 3). Total fouls (fouled out): Brandywine 18 (none), Concord 9 (none). Varsity records: Brandywine 24-2, Concord 26-0
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