Brandywine rolls to tournament opening victory

Libby Moody scored a game-high 25 points as Brandywine advanced the Wednesday’s district semifinal in New Buffalo. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

Libby Moody scored a game-high 25 points as Brandywine advanced the Wednesday’s district semifinal in New Buffalo. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

Going with a different lineup for its first round Class C District Tournament matchup against visiting Benton Harbor Dream Academy, the Brandywine girls basketball defeated the Toros 67-29 victory Monday night.

With this contest being the final home game, Brandywine coach Josh Hood used the game as another “Senior Night.”

Seniors Rachael Szilagyi and Libby Moody got the start and both had great games. Szilagyo had a near double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Moody drained seven 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points.

Alyssa Bolen, another senior, had an excellent all-around game with eight points, four rebounds and nine assists.

Fellow seniors, and normal starters, Emily Erwin, Jaleesa Garner, Makenna Hartline and Michaela Hartline did not play in the game to get the bench some deserved experience.

“We knew what this game would be like coming in so we changed some things up,” Hood said. “Rachael and Elizabeth didn’t get to start on senior night, so they had their opportunity tonight and we needed to get our bench some play time to increase depth.”

Using 11 Toros turnovers and an opening 15-0 run in the first quarter, Brandywine jumped out to 23-4 lead.

Moody draining four 3-pointers along the way.

Increasing the defensive pressure in the second quarter, the Toros had nine more turnovers and the Bobcats increased the lead to 45-12 at halftime.

With four minutes left in third quarter, junior Chelsie Luczkowski scored her seventh and eighth points, putting Brandywine ahead by 40 and forcing a running clock.

Even with the very successful regular season that the Bobcats had, Hood was quick to point out that anything can happen.

“Everyone gets to start from the beginning when tournament play begins,” Hood said.  “Teams we play from here on out are going to be undefeated and are wanting the same thing we are.”

Brandywine’s next opponent will be New Buffalo, who defeated Eau Claire in its opening round game. The Bobcats and host Bison are slated to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

BENTON HARBOR DREAM ACADEMY 29, BRANDYWINE 67

At Brandywine

DREAM ACADEMY 29

Nickkeyla Washington 15, Taizairh Williams 11, Kanaya Joseph 3, Lexus Colvin 0, Jada Rice 0, Miracle Gaines 0, Avion Hodge 0. TOTALS: 9 8-13 29

BRANDYWINE 67

Libby Moody 25, Makena Bowen 10, Chelsie Luczkowski 10, Rachael Szilagyi 9, Alyssa Bolen 8, Mia Stella 5, Alexis Garcia 0, Cassandra Luczkowski 0. TOTALS 27 0-4 67.

 

Dream Academy      4         12       18       29

Brandywine              23       45       57       67

3-Point baskets: Dream Academy 2 (Joseph 1, Williams 1), Brandywine 12 (Moody 7, Bolen 2, Szilagyi 1, Bowen 1, Stella 1). Rebounds: Dream Academy 34 (Washington 17, Joseph 5, Rice 4, Williams 4, Colvin 3, Hodge 1), Brandywine 39 (Szilagyi 10, Chelsie Luczkowski 7, Stella 5, Bowen 4, Bolen 4, Moody 4, Cassandra Luczkowski 4, Garcia 1). Assists: Dream Academy 3 (Williams 1, Joseph 1, Washington 1), Brandywine 19 (Bolen 9, Stella 3, Szilagyi 2, Moody 2, Cassandra Luczkowski 2, Bowen 1). Turnovers: Dream Academy 26, Brandywine 10. Total fouls (fouled out): Dream Academy 7 (none), Brandywine 12 (none). Varsity records: Brandywine 19-2.

 

Dowagiac

Medical event causes car to crash into Dowagiac Burger King

Cass County

Cassopolis man sent to prison on drug charges

Dowagiac

SMC recognized for turning students into citizens

Dowagiac

ETS program awarded grant from Department of Education

Cass County

Dowagiac man who broke elementary school windows sentenced to probation

Dowagiac

Changes to retirement benefits cause for concern among Cass County employees

News

Niles first ward residents ask for an end to gun violence in their community

Buchanan

Buchanan Area Senior Center raising funds to convert porch into sunroom

Cass County

Man arrested on drug charges in Mason Township

Cass County

Cass County Commissioners approve grant for Dowagiac River restoration

Business

Lyons Industries donates 12 thermal imaging cameras to Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Cass County

Niles man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 13-14

Berrien County

Local emergency departments experiencing high volumes, wait times

Berrien County

Residents demand Berrien County commissioners take action on mask mandate

Business

Cassopolis hosts Cass County Leadership Summit

Business

Owners of vintage farm tractors invited to Under the Harvest Moon

Business

Edwardsburg welcomes new construction business

Cassopolis

Cassopolis organization to host walk honoring National Suicide Prevention Month

Business

PHOTO STORY: A-Mazing Acres opens for season

Buchanan

Niles teen builds Eagle Scout project on McCoy Creek Trail

Business

New short-term rental property group to offer guests ‘curated’ Dowagiac experience

Cass County

Two women injured in La Grange Township crash

News

Niles hosts town hall between community, law enforcement