Bobcats win 10th championship in 11 years
Published 10:35 am Saturday, March 9, 2019
BRIDGMAN — Winning a district title is a tall task in itself for most basketball teams.
For Brandywine, it has become almost automatic, as well as an expectation.
The Bobcats remained unbeaten against Division 3 schools this season as they cruised to their 10th district title in the last 11 years with a 56-19 victory over Watervliet Friday night.
Brandywine (21-2) gave up the first three points of the game, but after that never looked back. The Bobcats shooting was red-hot in the second quarter as the Bobcats hit six 3-pointers in a roll to take a 45-12 lead at the half.
With 6:33 left in the third quarter, Brandywine led 52-12. The game ended with a running clock.
“The girls worked really hard all year for this moment,” said Brandywine coach Josh Hood. “We were disappointed in not winning the conference this season, but this team is built for March. To win this title on a consistent basis says a lot about our athletes and the parents who support the program. It is absolutely awesome.”
Brandywine once again spread the scoring around with nobody reaching double figures. Sophomore Malikkah Abdullah had a game-high nine points.
The Bobcats’ pressure defense was too much for the Panthers, who turned the ball over 27 times.
“A lot of teams are just happy to get to regionals,” Hood said. “They become satisfied. We aren’t. We get to regionals every year with the expectation to win it and that will be our focus as a coaching staff tomorrow. Without the assistance of Frelen Gowen, Kalie Wieger and Doug Fox helping scout and gather as much information as they can on the teams we play, we wouldn’t be near as ready to play as a unit.”
The Bobcats take their 32 minutes of chaos to the regional semifinals against Kalamazoo Christian (17-4) Monday night at Bronson High School. The Comets upset seventh-ranked Gobles 42-38 Friday night.