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Brentwood takes classic Battle of the Woods'

As always, the Battle of the Woods was a physical affair. Brentwood's Jacob Adcock (black 44) and Ravenwood's Matthew Hailey (white 10) collided under the basket with a great deal of force.  Both continued playing with a stoppage in the Bruins 51-42 victory.
Photos by Becky Williams 
Nick Gleason’s steal and score with less than three minutes remaining helped to stem a Ravenwood come-back and seal a Brentwood win, 51-42 last night at Ravenwood.
“We played well enough to win for two-and-a-half quarters, and we came up short,” said Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock after the game. “We’re not in to moral victories. We didn’t execute well enough to beat a team of that caliber.”
Ravenwood opened strong against an ice-cold Bruin offense, taking a four-point lead into the locker room, 21-17. Brentwood hit just six of their twenty-four shots from the field in the first half, including going 3-of-13 from behind the three-point arc.
“They had a great strategy coming out in that 1-3-1 zone,” said Brentwood head man Dennis King.  “But being down four at the half, shooting as poorly as we did, I thought we were in good shape because I knew somebody was going to the lid off for us.”
Ravenwood's Chase Hawkins (25), Matthew Hailey and Brentwood's Jacob Adcock (44) appear mesmerized by a UFO as they await a rebound after a free throw.  Adcock scored 12 points in Brentwood's 51-42 win over Ravenwood last night.

King’s confidence was rewarded by Andy Schumpert in the third quarter and Jalen Lawson in the fourth.  Schumpert grabbed seven of his ten points in the third while Lawson scored nine of his game high 17 in final eight minutes, including four crucial free throws in last 52-seconds.
Ravenwood built a 21-17 lead at the break behind strong play from Matthew Hailey, who contributed nine points in the first half on the way to a 16-point game total.  But early turnovers in the second half proved costly and Schumpert put back his own miss with 5:26 left to go in the third to tie the game, the flood gates started to open.
Less than a minute later Jacob Adcock hit a pair of free throws to give the Bruins their first lead of the game, an advantage they did not relinquish.  Adcock finished the game with 12 points while Schumpert ended the night with ten.
Besides Hailey, Perry Cooper was the only other Raptor in double figures, notching ten points on perfect shooting, hitting 3-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line.
Both coaches were impressed with the atmosphere generated by the two student bodies the community, a group that swelled so large at one point that the Brentwood Fire Department monitored the gym’s overflowing capacity.
“I’ve  coached collegiately and been in some atmospheres,” said Whitlock, “but this is really as good as it gets.”
“This is the greatest atmosphere to play in,” said King.  “It was a typical Brentwood-Ravenwood game
Brentwood 54, Ravenwood 36-Girls

Brentwood's Jenny Roy (24) works to keep Ravenwood's Alexis Ahlert (44) from getting the inbounds pass during last night's District 11-AAA contest. The Bruins remained unbeaten in the district with a 54-36 victory.
Brentwood jumped out to a 20-point half-time lead then held on to remain undefeated in District 11-AAA with a 54-36 win over Ravenwood.
Olivia Shealy led all scorers with 15 for the Bruins, who also remain undefeated in District 11-AAA.  Jenny Roy had 11 for Brentwood and Marissa Anthony scored 10, all in the first half.
Ravenwood cut the halftime lead to as little as 11-points, but Brentwood did no panic, said wining coach Ronnie Seigenthaler.
“There was no panic thanks to the experience on the floor.  But that’s what experience does for you-no one gets rattled.”
Bailey Swayze led Ravenwood with 10 points on the night, eight in the fourth quarter.  Alexis Ahlert added 9 and Emily Allen and Collen Leyer both had seven.
“Our girls just ran out of gas late,” said Raptor coach Matt Robinson.  “Brentwood played really well.  We’re going to turn one of these close games into a victory here before long.”

Posted on: 1/11/2014


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