ANTIOCH – The pendulum of emotions swung to each extreme for the Brentwood High School girls basketball team Monday. The Lady Bruins went from being in complete control of their Region 6-AAA semifinal – and just a half away from clinching a sectional berth – to fighting to extend their season in a see-saw battle at Cane Ridge.
Those high-fives and smiles from the first half ultimately ended in tears for the Brentwood girls.
The Lady Ravens erased an 18-point halftime deficit and for the first time in school history claimed a region championship berth and potential shot at state, storming back for a 63-60 victory to stun the Lady Bruins.
Final. Cane Ridge 63, Brentwood 60. The Lady Ravens storm back to advance and send the Lady Bruins home in this Region 6-AAA semifinal. pic.twitter.com/xfELRu6MqS— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) March 2, 2021
“Cane Ridge just did a tremendous job of getting back into the game,” said Brentwood coach Myles Thrash, whose team reached the state tournament a season ago. “We kind of lost our composure a little bit and this is a game of runs and they want it.
“This time of year, if you fall off your game a little bit and you put yourself in that situation, it’s tough.”
Junior point guard Jada Anthony buzzed around like a hornet on both ends of the floor for the Lady Ravens. She was the catalyst for Cane Ridge and closed with 32 points – 28 coming after the half.
“Our coach really prepared us and kept telling us that we could do this as long as we have time on the clock,” she said. “Right now, I just don't have any words. This is just amazing.”
Amelia Osgood, who coach Thrash called “one of the top if not the best player to ever play at Brentwood,” scored 12 of her 21 points in the first half. Teammate Sydney Ryan also netted 12 points in the opening half, including a putback that gave the Lady Bruins a 37-19 lead at the break.
Sydney Ryan ends the first half by following her own miss here for Brentwood. The Lady Bruins lead 37-19 at Cane Ridge —> pic.twitter.com/XEb3VBEwCB— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) March 2, 2021
By the time Anthony converted an old-fashioned 3-point play just under three minutes into the third quarter, Cane Ridge had built some momentum and closed within 37-27. Anthony’s steal and layup with 4:17 left in the frame made it 37-31 as the Lady Ravens stole all the momentum and ratcheted up the defense to force Brentwood into an 0-for-7 start from the field to go with five turnovers in the opening five minutes of the frame.
Ryan tracked down a long offensive rebound and was fouled. She hit two free throws – Brentwood’s first points of the third – to make it 39-31 with 3:19 remaining. Anthony stepped into a 3-pointer on the next Cane Ridge possession, but Brentwood senior Chloe Wampler responded with her own triple. Anthony answered again with another triple from the corner as the Cane Ridge faithful went into a frenzy with the Lady Ravens within 42-37.
“I just kept reminding the girls, ‘Who wants it? Who wants it more?’” Cane Ridge coach Joanne Tribue said. “I just love this team and the way the girls came out with that intensity and Jada, she was just everywhere.”
Anthony hit Jeremanisha McGaughy for another Cane Ridge 3-pointer with 1:17 to play in the third and after another Brentwood miss, Zoe Kerr drove down the baseline and sank a floater to tie the game. McGaughy’s free throw in the final seconds gave Cane Ridge its first lead at 43-42. Anthony closed with 14 points and three 3-pointers in the third and she wasn’t done.
The Lady Ravens were surging, but with a full eight minutes to play, Brentwood regrouped and the two teams traded blows the rest of the way. There were 15 ties or lead changes in a thrilling fourth quarter.
Anthony scored 12 in the fourth, while Osgood netted nine. Brentwood also received a boost from senior Sophie Roston, who scored all six of her points down the stretch.
Osgood scored on three straight possessions beginning with a drive to the hoop with 2:32 to play to tie the game at 52-52. After a Lady Bruins stop, Osgood attacked the basket again for a 54-52 edge. Jasmine Greer responded with a 3-pointer for the home team, but Osgood again found a seam and scored. Brentwood clung to a 56-55 edge with 1:35 to play.
Kerr gave the lead back to the Lady Ravens before Roston stepped out and knocked down a deep jumper and then blocked Anthony at the other end for a 58-57 Brentwood lead with just over a minute to play. A jump ball gave the possessions back to Cane Ridge and Anthony was fouled on a drive. She hit two free throws with 34 seconds remaining to regain a 59-58 edge and Brentwood gave the ball right back after stepping over the line on the inbound. Anthony was quickly fouled and sank two more as Cane Ridge pushed its advantage to 61-58.
Osgood went the length of the floor and was fouled with 24 seconds left. She hit both at the line to get within 61-60 and the Lady Bruins nearly came away forced a turnover with a quick full-court pressure attack on the inbound, but a foul was called as Anthony lost the ball on the sideline. The junior went and hit two more freebies for a 63-60 lead with 22 seconds left.
The Lady Bruins had three looks on their final possession but couldn’t get a shot to fall and despite two missed free throws from McGaughy with 2.2 seconds remaining, the Cane Ridge sophomore flipped up a long rebound as time expired to seal the win.
The Lady Ravens will head to Page for the region championship on Wednesday. The Lady Patriots defeated Hillsboro 47-31 in the other semi. Both teams are also assured a Class AAA sectional berth.
After Sydney Ryan scores 5 straight, Amelia Osgood puts the finishing touches on a fast start for Brentwood with this drive to end the opening quarter —> Brentwood leads 21-10 at Cane Ridge pic.twitter.com/0oTA5K2RXW— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) March 2, 2021
For Osgood, who guided Brentwood to a 94-29 record in her four years, finding any words was tough. Ultimately, the senior said she was grateful for her time as a Lady Bruin.
“I can't say how thankful enough I am to the coaches for giving me the opportunity to play since freshman year,” she said. “Thank you for trusting me. I just tried to go out there and give it everything I got, every game.”
Osgood, Roston, Wampler, Kate Workman and Kai Davis ended their high school playing careers Monday.
“They leave a lasting legacy,” Thrash said.
Cane Ridge girls 63, Brentwood 60, Region 6-AAA Semifinal
BHS 21 16 5 18 – 63
CRHS 10 9 24 20 – 60
BHS (60) – Kate Workman 7, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 4, Sydney Ryan 17, Chloe Wampler 5, Sophie Roston 6, Amelia Osgood 21.
CRHS (63) – Zoe Kerr 11, Jada Anthony 32, A’Niya Young 2, Jasmine Greer 7, Jeremanisha McGaughy 6, Charles Floyd 5.
3-pointers – BHS 5 (Ryan 3, Wampler, Osgood), CRHS 9 (Anthony 5, Kerr 2, Greer 2). Total Fouls – BHS 19, CRHS 14. Fouled Out – Wampler.