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Lady Tigers Capture Novinger Tourney Title

Lady Tigers Capture

Novinger Tourney Title

By David Sharp

   Brashear was able to limit Tri-County Conference rival LaPlata on offense and sink fourth quarter free throws in the weather delayed girls’ championship of the 2007 Novinger Tournament. Hailee Kelsey tossed in a game high 13 points along with a ten rebound performance in a 39-32 Lady Tiger victory.

   Christina Scudder was in double figures with ten points and seven BHS rebounds. “We played our style, and executed the game we wanted to play,” said Brashear coach Sara Williams. “We built a lead in the first half, and kind of let down in the third quarter.”

   “We made too many turnovers in the third quarter and let them take the lead,” said Williams. Brashear turned the basketball over 19 times on the night.

   Balanced scoring helped propel Brashear to a 12-6 first quarter lead. The Lady Bulldogs battled back within an 18-14 second quarter deficit. LaPlata outscored Brashear 9-6 during the third quarter, trimming the Lady Tiger lead to 24-23 after three periods of play.

   Free throw shooting proved critical to the outcome. Brashear went 11-19 at the free throw line on the night, 7-12 during the fourth quarter. LaPlata sank one of seven attempts from the charity stripe on the night.

   “We handled the ball and executed much better in the fourth quarter,” commented Coach Williams.

   “Hailee Kelsey is playing well in all aspects of the game. She had two double-doubles during the Novinger Tournament. She is averaging four assists per game and double figures in scoring and rebounds. She didn’t let Justine Bane catch the ball.”

   Emily Ladwig scored six Brashear points. Jessi Hill tossed in five points and dished out three of the Lady Tigers’ ten assists. Caroline Slavin scored five BHS points. The Lady Tigers pulled down 25 team rebounds and had seven steals.

   Kelcey Williams and Justine Bane led LaPlata with ten points each. LaPlata travels to Brashear for a December 11 conference doubleheader.