Based on facial expressions alone, it’s hard to tell if Delaney Trushel is having a great night or a tough game.
But the Brentwood senior did break into a smile following Tuesday night’s District 11-AAA contest against rival Franklin. And she certainly deserved to grin.
Trushel scored a career-high 31 points, including 23 in the second half, while helping the Lady Bruins extend their winning streak to 14 games — and remain perfect in the district — with a 63-41 road victory over the Lady Rebels.
“I just go on a roll, I guess,” said Trushel. “Once I made a few shots, I just kept making them.”
Trushel did her best work in the third quarter, breaking loose for 15 points while helping Brentwood outscore Franklin 21-4 during the quarter. The big surge enabled the Lady Bruins (14-1, 8-0) to build some breathing room after they owned a one-point lead at the half against the Lady Rebels (5-14, 1-8).
“We made an adjustment on defense at halftime,” said Trushel. “We knew we had to get after them a little bit more and get some more ball pressure — and that led to more open shots (on the other end of the floor). It got us on a roll.”
Trushel made five 3-pointers in the win and moved to within 10 points of reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career. Her twin sister, Emily, who scored seven points on Tuesday, recently reached that plateau.
Amelia Osgood, who also surpassed the 1,000-point mark in career scoring this season, added 11 points in the victory for the Lady Bruins, who haven’t lost since suffering a season-opening setback against Ensworth.
“We don’t talk about the winning streak too much,” said Brentwood coach Myles Thrash. “We basically just try to go out and compete; we want to win each quarter and just win whatever game is in front of us.”
Franklin was led in scoring Bergen Allee with 18 points, including five 3-pointers. She hit a pair of 3s in the first quarter, and then added two more bombs in the second quarter while fueling an 11-0 run by the Lady Rebels. The Franklin flurry, which also included a 3-pointer by Jean Costello, enabled the Lady Rebs to grab a 20-17 lead with 3:46 remaining before the half.
Brentwood jumped back in front late in the half on a 3-pointer by Delaney Trushel, and eventually carried a 24-23 edge into the locker room. The Lady Bruins then opened the second half with a quick 7-0 spurt to stretch the lead to 31-23, and Trushel helped Brentwood pull away from there. The Lady Bruins closed the third quarter on a 14-2 run.
Trushel said she and her teammates have maintained a low-key approach to their hot streak.
“We try really hard not to buy into the records and whatever stories are being written about us being undefeated in the district,” said the seemingly-always even-keeled Trushel.
Franklin head coach Jay Johnson said the game was another indication that the Lady Rebels, who’ve endured a series of hard-fought losses this season, are on the verge of a turning the corner.
“We’ve done this a lot — where we’ve played good teams close,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to get over the hump. And part of that process, as I’ve told the girls, is learning how to win. We’ve just got to learn how to finish.”
The Brentwood boys have several long-range bombers and some powerful inside players. But the Bruins’ best weapon might just be their patience.
Kate O’Neil had 12 points for the Lady Rebels.
“We played with a lot of intensity tonight,” said O’Neil. “If we can hang with a team like (Brentwood), it shows that we play with anybody in our district. And if we can finish in the fourth quarter, we can come out with a win.”
Brentwood girls 63, Franklin 41
BHS – 15 9 21 18 — 63
FHS – 10 13 4 14 — 41
BHS (63) – Kate Workman 5, Emily Trushel 7, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 3, Delaney Trushel 31, Chloe Wampler 2, Sophie Roston 2, Amelia Osgood 11, Kai Jones 21.
FHS (41) – Lauren McKnight 2, Jean Costello 3, Bergen Allee 18, Breanna Swiger 4, Lyla Gardner 2, Kate O’Neil 12.
3-pointers — Brentwood 7 (D. Trushel 5, Workman, Lorenzi). Franklin 6 (Allee 5, Costello). Free throws — Brentwood 12-14, Franklin 7-11.