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Brentwood maintains lead with win at Franklin

A 30-plus year rivalry usually leads to hard play and last night's Franklin-Brentwood match up was no different even in the girls contest, as multiple battles under the basket proved basketball is indeed a contact sport. Photo by Becky Williams

The Franklin Rebels appeared ready to even the ledger with Brentwood in the first quarter last night, but a scoring dearth in the second period and a severe case of turnoveritis sent the Bruins home with a 50-38 victory, still in sole possession of first place in District 11-AAA.
Brentwood's Andy Schumpert finds himself sandwiched between Franklin's Tanner Spalding (white 32) and Eric Rees (4).  Schumpert led all scorers with 22 points in the physical contest won by the Bruins 50-38, keeping Brentwood unbeaten in District 11-AAA. Photo by Becky Williams
Brentwood's Sarah Merritt scores in the Bruins 51-41 win at Franklin last night.  Teammate Marissa Anthony (40) is closing as are Rebels Rachael Hawn (33) and Meredith Ovies (25). Photo by Becky Williams
The Rebel’s 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter would have been more without the heroic play of Andy Schumpert.  The senior scored 10 of his team’s 12 points in the first eight minutes and closed the contest with a game-leading 22 total.
“In every game, when we have to rally, he puts the team on his shoulders,” said Dennis King, Brentwood’s head coach of Schumpert, the senior who returned as the MVP of District 11-AAA last year.  “He’s that kind of senior; you hope you have one every year.”
Brentwood broke the game open in the second quarter, holding Franklin to just one point in the second quarter.  The Rebels, under heavy defensive pressure, committed multiple turnovers during the eight minute stretch, managing only five shots from the floor as the Bruins took the lead and stretched it to nine points, 24-15, at the half.
The turnovers mounted in the second half, as Franklin finished with 26 miscues, a fact that did not escape head coach Jamie Wilson.
“We’ve been holding our turnovers in the 15-17 range and tonight we just slung it all over the place.  You are going to put yourself behind the 8-ball with Brentwood High School if you have 20-plus turnovers.”
But Franklin did not go quietly.  Down 17 at one point in the fourth quarter, the Rebels mounted a charge, led by a pair of Joe Critchlow 3-pointers that cut the lead to 45-38 with 1:29 left to play.  But when he missed an unexpected 27-footer on the next possession, the Bruins rebounded, forcing Franklin to foul.  Brentwood made the free throws.
“If he knocks that down, the house comes down and it’s a much different ballgame,” said Wilson.
“We got up 17 and I thought we would be on cruise control,” said King.  “But that’s why I’m not celebrating tonight.  If we let Franklin back in they now know we are not invincible by any stretch.”
James McPherson added 10 for Brentwood and Jalen Lawson nine.  For Franklin, Critchlow’s 10 points led the team and Zac Muir chipped in nine points, including 5-of-7 from the free throw line.  The Bruins were able to hold Franklin’s two big men, Ben Hagaman (4 pts) and Garrison Mathews (7 pts) in check for the night.
The win leaves Brentwood with a three-game lead over every team in the district except Ravenwood.  The Raptors will travel to Brentwood in two weeks to settle the seeding issue for the district tournament.
In the battle for the district lead on the girls’ side, Brentwood beat Franklin 51-41 in a game that was both physical and emotional.  The Lady Bruins got 25 points from the free throw line out of their 35 attempts, toeing the mark 18 times over the course of the game.
Jenny Roy led all scorers with 18 on the night.  Brentwood also got 13 from Hannah-Catherine Lackey and Olivia Shealy scored nine points, all from the free throw line.  
Meredith Ovies and Racheal Hawn each had nine to lead Franklin.
With the win, Brentwood wraps up the district title for all practical purposes.  And while Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler is glad to get that win, he saw much to work on as the district tournament approaches.
“You’ve got a thirty-plus year rival that does not lose any intensity…even in an environment like that you’ll have possessions where you execute well.  But you’re also going to have some where speed, tempo, emotion takes you out of your execution and I’m never happy with that.” 

Franklin Coach Kari Goodwin makes a plea for possession as the official signals Brentwood ball in last night's 51-41 Bruin victory. Photo by Becky Williams

Posted on: 1/17/2014


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