Lady Bruins trip up against Dickson Co. in district final
By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
Dickson County’s Lea Lea Carter (#30) stops Brentwood’s Jenny Roy at the top of the key in Tuesday night’s District 11-AAA girls tournament championship game. Carter and her teammates, including Emily Beard (24), shut down the topseeded Lady Bruins to take the title, 58-41. Becky Williams
Dickson County set the tone from the opening tip on their way to a 58-41 win over Brentwood to win the District 11-AAA Girls Tournament Championship Tuesday night.
Defensive intensity and offensive precision allowed the Lady Cougars to jump on the Lady Bruins 19-9 in the opening quarter, then ballooned that lead to 34-13 by half time.
“We ran into a buzz saw,” Lady Bruins coach Ronnie Seigenthaler said. “One of their best nights and one of our worst nights. Very talented team, very deserving to be the district champs based on how they played tonight.”
The Dickson County offense was run through a young duo that will cause headaches for District 11-AAA for years to come. Sophomore forward Lea Lea Carter finished with 11 points and freshman point guard Emily Beard had a game high 16.
“They are a very versatile team because they can play inside and out, they can play off the dribble as well,” Seigenthaler said. “They’ve got a couple kids that can break you down, a couple of spot shooters out on the perimeter and they’ve got a nice post game inside.”
Rounding out the offensive threats were guard Lainey Reed with her three 3-pointers and forward Payton Grove with 10 points in the post.
Missing open shots was another thing that plagued the Lady Bruins Tuesday night. Brentwood shot 6-22 in the first half with most of those shots coming within the offensive game plan.
“Those are the shots that we have been successful with all year and rarely have we come up to where we’ve had a night from everyone to where it was an off night,” Seigenthaler said. “We moved the ball and got open looks and just didn’t make them. I think it surprised everyone.”
Jessi Boozer was able to find a rhythm in the second half hitting two 3-pointers on her way to a team high 13 points. Jenny Roy scored 10 and the only other player with multiple baskets was guard Olivia Shealy with 6 points.
The Lady Bruins’ season continues this weekend at the region tournament at Glencliff High School. Seigenthaler expects to play Saturday and use the lessons learned from Tuesday for a better outcome.
“Most athletic events are life lessons and this was no exception,” Seigenthaler said.
“(It’s) opportunity to reach down and show your true character. What type of response will this team show. What type of resilience will we have.”
Those lessons include watching the game film from their worst performance this season.
“That’s one of the things we’ll do (Wednesday) because that character lesson that we hoped to learn from: let’s see it.”
Posted on: 2/20/2014