NASHVILLE — The Brentwood Academy girls basketball team endured their second straight cold-shooting performance on Friday night while absorbing a 48-34 road loss to Ensworth.
But are the Lady Eagles going to dwell on this little shooting slump? It certainly doesn’t sound like it.
“We do a pretty good job of having short-term memory loss,” said Brentwood Academy guard Hope McDonald after the battle of Division II-AA Middle Region heavyweights. “We usually (bounce back) by encouraging each other and just getting back to playing.”
The Lady Eagles were limited to single-digit scoring in the second and third quarters — and compiled a total of only nine field goals — in Friday’s loss, which came on the heels of a 36-23 setback against Father Ryan earlier in the week.
Brentwood Academy head coach Rhonda Brown noted that the Lady Eagles executed their gameplan against Ensworth, but simply struggled to find their range — and rhythm — on offense.
“Tonight, I think we battled and we did some of the things we wanted to do,” Brown said. “But you’ve got to hit some shots.”
Trinity Fields finished with a team-high 14 points and Millie Brown added 11 for the Lady Eagles, who fell to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in region play.
Jaloni Cambridge scored a game-high 17 points for Ensworth (9-4, 4-0). Kennedy Cambridge and Camilla Garza added 10 points each for the Lady Tigers, who used their relentless defensive pressure to force BA into a stream of turnovers. Ensworth held the Lady Eagles to just two points in the second quarter and seven in the third.
Ensworth coach Mary Taylor Cowles said she was pleased with her team’s commitment to being active on defense — a trait that has characterized the team this season.
“We spend a great deal of time talking about what we need to do defensively,” she said. “And it’s our defense that provides the fast pace for us and helps us with easy transition baskets. These kids really buy in — and believe in — what we do on the defensive end of the court.”
After owning a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, Ensworth extended its advantage in the second quarter by outscoring BA, 10-2, to take a 25-14 lead into the half.
The Ensworth lead swelled to 32-14 midway through the third quarter after Woods followed her own miss with a layup. Brentwood sliced into the deficit with a 7-0 run, sparked by a bucket from Brown and a 3-point play from Ebony Perry, late in the quarter, but Jaloni Cambridge ended the surge by knocking down a deep 3 for Ensworth just before the horn.
Ensworth maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter, with the Lady Tigers’ defense continuing to control the flow of the game by creating turnovers.
“They sped you up,” said Brown. “And if you throw the ball away 400 times, you are playing right into what they want you to do. They want to speed you up and get layups — and they did a good job of that tonight.”
Brentwood Academy plays next on Tuesday against Harpeth Hall, while Ensworth heads to Christ Presbyterian Academy on Monday.
NASHVILLE — There’s no doubt that Brentwood Academy’s Tyler Tanner is dangerous when he’s running the floor.
Ensworth girls 48, Brentwood Academy 34
BA 12 2 7 13 — 34
Ensworth 15 10 10 13 — 48
Brentwood Academy (34) – Ebony Perry 5, Trinity Fields 14, Millie Brown 11, Hope McDonald 3, Taylor Grimes 1.
Ensworth (48) – Jaloni Cambridge 17, Jayda Woods 9, Noelle Jamison 2, Kennedy Cambridge 10, Camilla Garza 10.
3-pointers — BA 3 (Brown 2, McDonald), Ensworth 2 (Woods, J. Cambridge).