Bobcats pushed to the brink by BucksPublished 8:46am Saturday, February 8, 2014
With plenty at stake, Brandywine girls basketball player Tammy Lee rose to the occasion Friday against Buchanan.
Lee scored a career-high 23 points, including the game-winning free throws, to lead the third-ranked (Class C) Bobcats past the Bucks, 53-51, in Lakeland Conference action.
Brandywine extended its conference winning streak to 52 games and clinched the league title for the fifth straight year.
Lee’s two free throws with :07.1 left gave the Bobcats a 53-51 lead. Buchanan’s Brooke Wesner missed a shot just outside the paint with :03 remaining.
Lee scored 14 of her points in the fourth quarter and made three of her six 3-pointers in the final quarter. Her 11 points over the final 3:00 helped Brandywine erase a 46-40 deficit.
“Tammy Lee, wow,” said Bobcats coach Josh Hood, whose team improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. “We rode her in the fourth quarter. If there’s somebody that we would want at the line at the end it would be Tammy. She’s got ice in her veins.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Buchanan. (Buchanan coach Gabe Miller) does a fabulous job and they play great defense. It’s going to be a lot of fun in the next three years to play them with the girls that they have.”
Michaela Hartline and Makenna Hartline each added 10 points for Brandywine. Michaela grabbed 14 rebounds and Makenna added eight.
Madison Prillwitz and Selica Jones each scored 11 points, while Wesner added 10 for the Bucks, who fell to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the league. Jones also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Buchanan turned the ball over 30 times, including seven times in the fourth quarter.
“Good teams win championships and good programs win five conference titles in a row,” Hood said. I’m really proud and blessed to have great kids at Brandywine.”
Brandywine 53, Buchanan 51
Jade Mosier 8, Brooke Wesner 10, Chelsey Bennett 6, Brianna King 3, Madison Prillwitz 11, Selica Jones 11, Maddy Vorrath 2, Myeshia Mayo 0. TOTALS: 18 13-23 51
Makenna Hartline 10, Michaela Hartline 10, Emily Erwin 0, Tammy Lee 23, Victoria Ebersol 2, Tia Hullinger 3, Alyssa Bolen 1, Jaleesa Garner 2, Maranda Smallmon 2, Makena Bowen 0. TOTALS: 19 7-15 53
Buchanan 6 23 35 51
Brandywine 10 23 33 53
3-point goals: Buchanan 2 (Prillwitz), Brandywine 8 (Lee 6, Michaela Hartline 2). Total fouls (fouled out): Buchanan 18 (none), Brandywine 22 (none). Shooting: Buchanan 18-of-45 for 40-percent, Brandywine 19-of-67 for 28-percent. Rebounding: Buchanan 42 (Jones 10), Brandywine 34 (Michaela Hartline 14). Turnovers: Buchanan 30, Brandywine 17. Varsity records: Buchanan 7-6, 2-2 Lakeland; Brandywine 14-1, 5-0 Lakeland