BRENTWOOD – It didn’t come right away in the third quarter, but the Brentwood High School girls basketball produced one of their potent offensive bursts out of halftime Tuesday to secure a decisive District 11-AAA win.
The Lady Bruins closed the third quarter on a 13-2 run en route to a 59-31 victory over Franklin. Sydney Ryan scored 19 points and Amelia Osgood added 18 to lead the charge as the No. 5-ranked Brentwood girls swept the season series and won a ninth consecutive game.
“As a team, we think the third quarter is the most important quarter,” Ryan said. “That’s when we put teams away. I thought we came out and played fantastic defense, we boxed out and we ran the floor. It felt good.”
Osgood triggered the third-quarter surge by slipping into the corner for a 3-pointer with 3:05 remaining in the frame for a 36-20 advantage. Franklin had slowed the pace early and stayed within striking distance through the first half.
After trading misses, Chloe Wampler hit another triple for the Lady Bruins and then drilled a second 3-pointer with 1:12 left to make it 44-22. Brentwood closed the frame outscoring the Lady Admirals 18-7.
“We got mixed up on guarding people and the lack of communication got to us there,” said Franklin’s Kate O’Neil, who finished with 16 points. The senior post did eclipse the 1,000-point plateau in the loss.
“I’m really excited about that,” O'Neil said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates and my coaches. It was a goal of mine coming into this season, so it feels good.”
Franklin managed just 21% shooting, while Brentwood shot just a shade over 30% on the night.
“We were getting some shots and there was a time where we had trouble even getting shots against Brentwood,” Franklin coach Jay Johnson said. “We had trouble even getting across midcourt against a press, but we have taken that step.
“We made (shots) last week, but tonight they just weren’t falling when we needed them. And you can’t turn the ball over 21 times.”
Brentwood swiped 17 steals in the contest to help overcome 20-of-65 shooting. The Lady Bruins also collected 13 offensive rebounds – paced by Sophie Roston’s seven. The senior post closed with four points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said his team overcame a tougher shooting night by focusing on defense.
“We take pride in our defense,” he said. “(Franklin) is very scrappy and they can’t be taken lightly. We wanted to come out and impose our will and speed the pace up, but they did a good job of controlling the tempo so we tried to switch some things up and play more our style.”
The Lady Bruins, who were coming off a 67-57 win over No. 3-ranked Class A Loretto, next head to Dickson County Friday before a makeup game with Summit at home Saturday in back-to-back district contests.
Franklin hosts Ravenwood Friday.
Brentwood girls 59, Franklin 31
FHS 6 9 7 9 – 31
BHS 15 11 18 15 – 59
FHS (31) – Jean Costello 3, Amy Elliot 2, Lyla Gardner 4, Kate O’Neil 16, Regi Hammond 3, Dylan Garner 3.
BHS (59) – Eden Oates 3, Kate Workman 7, Sydney Ryan 19, Lila Quesenberry 2, Sophie Roston 4, Chloe Wampler 6, Amelia Osgood 18.
3-pointers – FHS 3 (Costello, Gardner, Hammon), BHS 5 (Osgood 2, Wampler 2, Ryan). Total Fouls – FHS 16, BHS 12. Fouled Out – None.