Bobcats run past Rangers

Published 5:28 pm Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cassopolis’ Tammy Lee (left) tries to get past Brandywine’s Mackenzie Shelton Tuesday night. (Vigilant/Argus photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

Cassopolis’ Tammy Lee (left) tries to get past Brandywine’s Mackenzie Shelton Tuesday night. (Vigilant/Argus photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

The Brandywine girls’ basketball team overcame an off night shooting to roll past host Cassopolis 64-33 in Lakeland Conference action Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (4-0, 2-0 Lakeland) didn’t play the type of defense coach Josh Hood wanted to see, but Brandywine ran the floor well and was able to get its inside players involved in the offense early and often.

“We are going to blame part of it on we haven’t played in 11 or 12 days, but the intensity was not the same that I see every day in practice. I really thought we were sluggish defensively. Our press, and the things we like to do, is supposed to look like chaos out there and tonight they (Cassopolis) dribbled through us, we didn’t talk and we didn’t rotate well.”

Despite his complaints about the defensive effort, Hood did note that his team rebounded well, especially at the offensive end. He was also pleased with the way his team ran the floor.

“I’m pleased with my team’s effort for the complete game,” Cass coach Floyd Foston said. “We got beat by 30, but they competed and as a  coach that’s all you can for is for your team to go out and play hard, compete and give an effort.”

The Rangers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on a bucket by Jocelyn Transou, but following a Brandywine free throw, Lauren Leonard scored with 5:57 to play in the opening quarter to give the Bobcats the lead for good.

A 3-pointer by Carlie Newman 1:03 later and the lead increased to 6-2 and Brandywine was off to the races.

By quarter’s end it was 20-4, thanks in part to buckets by Mackenzie Shelton and Madison Pellow.

Things didn’t get much better for the Rangers in the second quarter as the lead reached 24-4 on another basket by Leonard with 7:19 to go in the opening half.

Cassopolis snapped the scoring streak of the Bobcats (24-2 run) 19 seconds later on a basket by Breanna Coleman to make it 24-6.

Another bucket by the Rangers’ Tammy Lee made it 26-8, but Brandywine would outscore Cassopolis 10-5 over the final six minutes of the first half to take a 36-13 advantage to the locker room.

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the second half to open up a 40-13 lead, but the Rangers would cut that lead back to 20 points (40-20) on a shot by Savannah Sullivan at the 4:49 mark.

Five straight points, capped by Newman’s 3-pointer with 3:25 to go in the third, made it 45-20.

The Rangers would get the next four points, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Shelton set the stage for a strong finish for the Bobcats.

Leading 51-26 heading into the final quarter, Brandywine outscored Cassopolis 13-7 to cap its fourth straight win.

Newman led a balanced Bobcat scoring attack with 13 points. Brandywine also got 12 points from both Kelsey Prestly and Leonard. Shelton finished with 10 points and Morgan Smallwood nine.

Cassopolis was led by Lee’s 11 points. Transou finished with eight.


Carlie Newman 5 1-2 13; Rachel Ort 2 0-3 4; Morgan Antus 0 0-0 0; Mackenzie Shelton 4 0-1 10; Kelsey Prestly 6 0-2 12; Morgan Smallwood 2 5-5 9; Lauren Leonard 5 2-2 12; Madison Pellow 2 0-2 4; Siranda Lary 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 8-17 64


Tammy Lee 5 0-0 11; Breanna Coleman 3 0-0 6; Devin Hillyer 0 0-0 0; Savannah Sullivan 1 0-0 2; Lela Broussard 1 0-1 2; Joceyln Transou 3 2-8 8; Reese Ellison 1 2-3 4. TOTALS: 14 4-12 33

Brandywine 20 36 51 64

Cassopolis 4 13 26 33

3-point baskets: Brandywine 4 (Newman 2, Shelton 2), Cassopolis 1 (Lee). Total fouls: Brandywine 19, Cassopolis 18. Fouled out: Pellow (BW), Transou (CA).