The Brentwood girls generally prefer an uptempo rhythm, but the Lady Bruins proved on Friday night that they can “slow dance” when the situation calls for it.
Hosting Ravenwood in a District 11-AAA contest, the Lady Bruins used a blend of balanced scoring and solid half-court defense to post a 56-29 victory in the latest “Battle of the Woods” installment.
The win enabled the Lady Bruins to stretch their winning streak to 19 games, maintain their undefeated record in District 11-AAA and complete a season sweep of their rivals.
Brentwood (19-1, 13-0) had eight players reach the scoring column in the victory. Amelia Osgood and Emily Trushel finished with 12 points each, and freshman Ava Granzow added 10. Kate Workman had five.
Reghan Grimes had 12 points to pace Ravenwood (12-11, 7-7).
The Lady Bruins have scored 60 or more points in 14 games this season — including seven games in which they scored 70 or more — but Brentwood head coach Myles Thrash said he believes his team benefited from the slower-paced contest.
“We needed a game like this; it will help us,” he said. “We knew (Ravenwood) didn’t want to get up and down. They did a tremendous job of taking the air out of the ball and making us chase them a little. We wanted to try to speed them up, so we changed defenses a couple of times and threw some different things at them.”
After a slow-paced first half, Ravenwood was within striking distance of Brentwood early in the third quarter, with the Lady Raptors facing a potentially-workable 30-19 deficit after back-to-back buckets by Mary Prestegaard.
But Brentwood closed the quarter on a 10-1 run, which included a pair of buckets by Delaney Trushel, to push the lead to 40-20, and the Lady Bruins opened the fourth quarter with nine straight points to remove all doubt.
Brentwood played the game without Sophie Roston, who injured her ankle on Tuesday night. Roston’s absence on the floor resulted in extra playing time for Granzow — and the freshman stepped up in a big way.
She scored a bucket early in the second quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound, and closed her night with eight points in the fourth quarter.
“It was an awesome opportunity for me, and it was an exciting game,” Granzow said, adding that playing in the Battle of the Woods made it all the more special. “This rivalry — I’ve been hearing about it since I was in elementary school because my dad has coached here. So, I’ve always been aware of it.”
Thrash said he was happy to see Granzow make the most of her chance, and said he wouldn’t hesitate to use her in key situations in future games.
“Ava took advantage of her opportunity and did a great job of adjusting to the game,” he said. “And she can do that. She’s a young kid, but we have a lot of confidence in her.”
Brentwood put together a 12-0 scoring run midway through the first half — scoring the final seven points of the first quarter and first five points of the second — to build a 21-5 lead. Emily Trushel and Osgood scored five points each during the run, and Granzow capped it with her putback with 7:11 remaining in the second quarter.
Brentwood maintained a double-digit the rest of the game, but did not pull away from Ravenwood until deep into the third quarter. Ravenwood came into the night having won three of its past four games.
“We were kind of hanging in there — it was 30-19, I think — and I felt like if we could get a couple of stops and a basket, then we would have threatened,” said Ravenwood first-year head coach Andrew James. “But we weren’t able to do that, and it just kind of got away from us. … We’re still a relatively young team. It’s been up and down for us. But I keep telling them, basketball is a tournament sport. Just keep fighting and keep getting better — that’s all I can ask for.”
Brentwood girls 56, Ravenwood 29
Ravenwood – 5 10 5 9 — 29
Brentwood –16 14 10 16 — 56
RHS (29) – Chazmin Brown 3, Lexi Erickson 2, Elizabeth Flynn 5, Reghan Grimes 12, Mary Prestegaard 4, Ava Lavigne 3.
BHS (56) – Kate Workman 5, Emily Trushel 12, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 4, Delaney Trushel 4, Chloe Wampler 8, Amelia Osgood 12, Ava Granzow 10.
3-pointers — Ravenwood 2 (Grimes, Lavigne), Brentwood 6 (Osgood 2, Workman, E. Trushel, Quesenberry, Wampler). Free throws — Ravenwood 9-15, Brentwood 4-4.