Lady Bruins take Region 6-AAA championship
By Austin Stanley, For the Williamson Herald
The Brentwood Lady Bruins outlasted the Antioch Lady Bears to win the Region 6-AAA tournament 45-39 Wednesday night at Independence.
While the Lady Bruins led for the majority of the game, Antioch never allowed Brentwood to get comfortable. The Lady Bears ran a full court zone press most of the game that gave the Lady Bruins fits all night.
“Well they live by pressure,” Brentwood coach Ronnie Seigenthaler said. “And they have a variety of ways, this year it was more of a 2-2-1 (press). You try to simulate, but you can’t simulate Olympic speed in your practice. What you can do is expect it, prepare for it, and then try to handle it.”
Olympic speed might be a small exaggeration, but the Lady Bears’ overall athleticism was troubling for the Lady Bruins. Antioch guards Jenise Davis and D’Toria Fowler forced Brentwood turnovers with full court pressure along with attacking the offensive glass.
“Pat Head Summitt said, ‘Offense sells tickets, defense wins ball games, rebounding wins championships.’ When we go back and stat it I’ll be shocked if we didn’t out rebound them. Although, when they put their runs together it was because they were getting multiple looks on the boards.”
Antioch made two runs to keep themselves in the game at the beginning of the third and fourth quarters. Trailing 23-17 at halftime, Antioch started the second half on an 8-0 run to take the lead 25-23. Again, trailing 33-29 to begin the fourth, Antioch quickly tied the game 33-33 before the maturity of the Lady Bruins controlled the game.
That maturity was led by do-it-all senior Paige Parker. Parker finished with nine points but her floor management and energy propelled the Lady Bruins to finish the game strong. Parker was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, but that came to no surprise to her coach.
“It’s what Paige has done all year,” Seigenthaler said. “She’s our leading scorer. She’s our leading rebounder. She has led us in assists and steals. When you get her on her game making those contributions it’s a huge help.”
Parker wasn’t alone. Forward H.C. Lackey had a team high 11 points with sophomore guard Jessi Boozer adding nine, including a late 3-pointer. Seigenthaler pointed out the clutch play of both Olivia Shealy and Paige Hood late in the game.
“Olivia Shealy, she wants the ball and we want her to have the ball late. (Shealy) is an 80 plus percent free throw shooter. She’s matured and made great decisions and that’s exactly what I want. You saw where I put Paige Hood in late. She is another 80 plus percent free throw shooter. You get the kids in a position to be successful and if you show some confidence in them they will succeed.”
The Lady Bruins season isn’t over. They advance to the sectional round awaiting the Lady Bears of Mt. Juliet on Saturday, which doesn’t leave much time to celebrate.
“Oh no, there is practice tomorrow,” Seigenthaler said. “Now, we’ll be smart. It won’t be a physical practice. It will be an educational practice because you have two days to prep.”
Posted on: 2/28/2013