Brentwood girls, Raptor boys fall at Beech
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
That his team suffered its first loss Monday night, 34-33 to Farragut in the finals of the Beech Holiday Tournament, was insignificant to Brentwood girls’ coach Ronnie Seigenthaler.
“We felt like it was going to come down to some possessions,” he said. “We had some chances down the stretch at the free throw line, and we came up a little short.”
Brentwood (13-1) led by as many as six in the first half but saw Farragut (13-1) hit some timely shots and slow down the game to keep it close once the Lady Admirals took the lead.
“They had a lot of talent that we had to adjust to,” Brentwood guard Jenna Roy said. “Being undefeated, we haven’t had to play from behind very much.”
Roy led all scorers with 12 points in the defensive battle, the first time all season Brentwood has been held under 40 points. The Bruins had the final possession with a shot to win, but a Farragut defender caused Marissa Anthony’s layup attempt to miss the mark when she altered her shot.
“The defenses were really solid,” Roy said. “That made each possession more valuable, so we had to take our time and get the best shot. We just have to take this one and learn from it, so we can put it toward our district.”
The Bruins went on a run of their own to start the third, culminating with Olivia Shealy’s 3-pointer from the wing to give Brentwood a 24-22 lead with 4:40 left in the third. It was back and forth from there, with Farragut regaining the lead for good at the 3:17 mark of the fourth quarter on Anna Woodford’s 3-point play after she was fouled.
Up next for Brentwood is a trip to Dickson County and a stretch of nine district games over its final 10.
McGavock 70, Ravenwood 67
Ravenwood couldn’t come up with the final push it needed Monday night, falling to McGavock in the final moments 70-67 at the Beech Holiday Tournament.
The Raptors (10-6) had rallied from 13 points down in the first half to lead briefly, but the Raiders’ high-octane offense and pressure on defense made things tough for Ravenwood down the stretch.
“We’re dangerous when we turn it on,” the Raptors’ Matt Hailey said. “We just knew we had to fight through (the struggles), and we couldn’t turn the ball over.”
Hailey had 18 points in the losing effort for the Raptors, who shot 10-of-12 in the third quarter to close the gap after being unable to execute in the first half. Hailey scored 14 of his 18 in the final two quarters.
Nick Gleason and Nate Fischbach were the other Ravenwood players to score double figures, with 11 and 13, respectively
After trailing 37-24 at the break, Ravenwood caught fire in the third quarter and began to chip away at the Raider lead. The team regained its focus and started to operate as a unit, coach Patrick Whitlock said.
“It was a mentality,” he said. “It was not offense (in the first half), it was more of us being flat and getting beat off the dribble. We were giving up too many offensive rebounds to them.
“We stopped settling for jumpers and started attacking the basket.”
Neither team led by more than two in the final quarter, with the Raiders taking the lead for good with 1:45 left at 62-61. Ravenwood was able to stay within one in the final minute with chances to take the lead but could not capitalize. Perry Cooper’s last-second 3-pointer that could have tied the game was off the mark, giving McGavock the win.
“We’re disappointed the way this tournament finished up, but right now we’re 3-0 in the district, so that’s what we’re going to focus on,” Whitlock said.
Ravenwood is next in action Tuesday against District 11-AAA foe Franklin.
Posted on: 1/3/2014