Brandywine runs streak to 53 games

Published 7:32 am Friday, February 21, 2014

Brandywine’s Makenna Hartline goes to the basket against Cassopolis' Logan Lawson Thursday night. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

Brandywine’s Makenna Hartline goes to the basket against Cassopolis’ Logan Lawson Thursday night. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

The fourth-ranked (Class C) Brandywine girls basketball team claimed a significant 56-38 win over Cassopolis on Thursday.

With the victory, the Bobcats ended their regular season with an 18-0 record and kept their Lakeland Conference winning streak intact. Brandywine has now won 53 straight league games.

“I’m really proud of my team,” said Brandywine coach Josh Hood. “We lost Brooke Smith and Tia (Hullinger) to injuries at the beginning of the season. A lot of people thought this was the year that we would come back down. It says a lot about the kids in our program to again go undefeated and to win another (conference) championship.”

Michaela Hartline scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Bobcats. Makenna Hartline added nine points and 12 rebounds. Tammy Lee had nine steals.

Cassopolis, which fell to 6-12, turned the ball over 44 times, while Brandywine committed 26 turnovers. The Bobcats finished with nine 3-pointers, which helped them overcome 28-percent (17-of-60) shooting.

“It wasn’t one of our better efforts of the season,” Hood said. “We did too much fouling, but give Cass a lot of credit. Their guards were very fast tonight. We had a lot of careless turnovers and missed a lot of lay-ups.”

Kortenei Suggs scored 13 points to lead Cassopolis, which lost for the third time this year against Brandywine. In the previous games, the Bobcats won, 65-15 and 46-24,



Brandywine 56, Cassopolis 38


Kaylyn Forrest 5, Brittney Prestly 3, Jayne Butts 5, Logan Lawson 5, Rachelle Williams 4, Kortenei Suggs 13, Ky’ana Buck 3, Madeline Ruff 0, Nakiela Sinclair 0. TOTALS: 14 9-25 38


Victoria Ebersol 0, Tia Hullinger 0, Tammy Lee 4, Maranda Smallmon 1, Hannah Horst 0, Makenna Hartline 9, Jaleesa Garner 6, Emily Erwin 6, Michaela Hartline 17, Alyssa Bolen 6, Rachael Szilagyi 7. TOTALS: 17 13-24 56



Cassopolis                  5          16       28       38

Brandywine               14       31       50       56

3-point baskets: Cassopolis 1 (Lawson), Brandywine 9 (Michaela Hartline 4, Bolen 2, Erwin 2, Lee). Total fouls (fouled out): Cassopolis 21 (none), Brandywine 20 (none). Shooting: Cassopolis 14-of-41 for 34-percent, Brandywine 17-of-60 for 28-percent. Rebounding: Cassopolis 42 (Butts 10), Brandywine 29 (Makenna Hartline 12). Turnovers: Cassopolis 44, Brandywine 26. Records: Cassopolis 6-12, 1-5 Lakeland; Brandywine 18-0, 6-0 Lakeland