The Brentwood boys and girls are both advancing. And going dancing.
Playing on their home floor Friday night, the Bruins and Lady Bruins each posted victories over Page in the first round of the District 11-AAA tournament. The two wins send the Brentwood teams into Saturday’s semifinals, and the Bruins and Lady Bruins are both now assured of berths in the Region 6-AAA tournament when that big dance starts next week.
“It feels great,” said Brentwood guard Izzy Franco, the lone senior on the team. “This whole week at practice we’ve been making every minute, every second, count. We know we are the youngest team in the district and that other teams try to take advantage of that. But it just makes us work all that much harder.”
Both of Brentwood’s wins on Friday — a 46-43 thriller in the girls’ game and a 41-29 win in the boys’ contest — were comeback victories that were fueled by huge third-quarter scoring runs.
The Brentwood teams will both face Dickson County in Saturday’s semifinals at Franklin High. The Dickson County girls downed Independence on Friday, and the Dickson County boys upset Ravenwood.
Although they are now assured of a spot in the state tourney, the Bruins say they aren’t celebrating just yet.
“We’re going for the district championship — and then we’ll start thinking about regionals,” said Brentwood junior point guard Preston Moore. “We’ve just got to keep grinding.”
Brentwood girls 46, Page 43
The Lady Bruins’ defense came up with a series of game-changing stops in the third quarter — and then a game-winning stop in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter.
Trailing 30-24 early in the third quarter, No. 3-seeded Brentwood (20-7) held Page scoreless for more than five minutes while reeling off 14 straight points to take a 38-30 lead. The sixth-seeded Lady Patriots (15-12) charged back in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie the game on their final possession, but Brentwood’s defense didn’t allow Page to have a clean look at the basket.
The Lady Patriots instead had to settle for a desperation heave that missed the mark just before the buzzer.
“We picked it up defensively in the third quarter,” said Brentwood girls coach Myles Thrash. “The girls wanted to come out and fight as hard as they could. And that’s what they did.”
Franco finished with a game-high 18 points and Sophie Roston added 10 for the Lady Bruins, who trailed 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and 25-24 at the half. Roston had two big buckets in the fourth quarter that helped Brentwood fend off the Lady Patriots.
“In the locker room, we said that we didn’t want our season to end,” said Franco.
Faith Wilken scored a team-high 11 points and Delaney Noe had eight for the Lady Patriots, who finished 7-of-16 from 3-point range. Abbey Gobble and Lauren Wilker added six points each.
For Brentwood, the Trushel twins, Emily and Delaney, didn’t have an explosive offensive effort — Emily finished with eight points and Delaney had two — but the sophomore duo found other ways to contribute.
With Brentwood nursing 44-40 lead in the final minute of fourth quarter, Emily Trushel came up with a key steal and was fouled on the play. She made the back end of the two-shot foul to extend Brentwood’s lead to 45-40 with 37 seconds remaining.
Page then sliced the lead 45-43 on a long 3-pointer by Noe with 25 seconds left before Franco went 1-of-2 at the foul line with 15 seconds remaining to give Brentwood a 46-43 lead. The Lady Bruins came up big on Page’s final possession, clamping down on the Lady Patriots’ 3-point shooters to preserve the win.
Now, the Lady Bruins can begin looking ahead to Saturday’s matchup against No. 2-seeded Dickson County.
“We’ve still got work to do,” said Thrash. “We’re not settling just for this win; we want to keep advancing. We just want to keep battling — and this team believes.”
Page (43) — Noe 8, Gobble 6, Wilken 11, Lane 3, Richey 2, Pack 3, Wilker 6, Wilson 4.
Brentwood (46) — Workman 2, E. Trushel 8, D. Trushel 2, Sophie Roston 10, Osgood 6.
3-pointers — Page 7 (Noe 2, Gobble 2, Wilken 2, Lane 1). Brentwood 3 (Franco 2, Trushel 1).
Free throws — 4-11, Brentwood 17-21.
Halftime — Page, 25-24.
Brentwood boys 41, Page 29
Much is made about Brentwood’s offensive weapons. But in Friday’s do-or-die situation, the Bruins did it with defense.
Holding Page without a field goal in the third quarter — and surrendering just two points in the period — the No. 2-seeded Bruins flipped a 16-10 halftime deficit into a 25-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Page battled back to trim Brentwood’s lead to three points on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Bruins (22-6) closed the game on an 11-2 run — including going 9-of-10 at the foul line — in the final 2:31 to seal the victory.
A basket by Ben Mills sparked the game-ending surge for the Bruins, who made just one 3-pointer in the game but finished 15-of-19 at the foul line.
“Give Page a lot of credit,” said Brentwood coach Greg Shirley. “Coach Noe does a great job, and he had his guys prepared. They threw a defensive wrinkle at us tonight. But in the second half, we were way more aggressive … and our shots started to fall.”
The teams combined for just nine field goals in the opening 16 minutes, with No. 7-seeded Page (9-17) eventually carrying a strange-looking 16-10 lead into the half. But Brentwood outscored the Patriots 15-2 in the third quarter, and the Bruins protected the lead from there.
“We just couldn’t make any shots in the first half, but then we started rolling in the third quarter,” said Moore.
David Windley and Jack Thurman both heated up for the Bruins in the second half. Thurman scored 11 of his game-high 14 points in the final 16 minutes, and Windley scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime.
Page owned a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, and the teams trudged to an 8-8 tie with less than three minutes remaining before halftime. Page’s Mason Allen then hit back-to-back 3s late in the second quarter to help the Patriots build their 16-10 halftime lead.
But Page went almost nine minutes without a field goal to start the second half, and Brentwood moved in front for good.
Allen finished with a team-high 11 points for Page, and Nate Hollman scored eight for the Patriots, who have five seniors on the roster — Jack Emerson, Luke Johnson, Trey Haney, C.J. Bahrke and Brendan Frabutt.
“I’m so proud of our seniors,” said Page coach Larry Noe. “They fought every night this season. We’re turning the program around and starting to build it up. For this to be our first year in 3-A, we beat some teams and made some noise.”
Brentwood will now face a dangerous Dickson County team in the semifinals.
“We’ll get a whole new challenge tomorrow,” said Shirley. “We had a couple of days to prepare for Page, whereas it’s a much shorter turnaround to get ready for tomorrow. But our goal is to be the best Brentwood team we can be.”
Page (29) — Emerson 3, Baheke 3, Mason Allen 11, Hollman 8, Haney 4.
Brentwood (41) — David Windley 13, Moore 3, Lackey 3, Jack Thurman 14, Mills 4, Leonard 4.
3-pointers — Page 4 (Emerson 1, Allen 3). Brentwood 1 (Thurman 1).
Free throws — Page 5-9, Brentwood 15-19.
Halftime — Page, 16-10.