Team, 5-1, wins 2 of 3 at John Burroughs Invitational
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
The Brentwood express finally ran out of gas. After running, gunning and pressing its way to a 5-0 record and an average victory margin of 33 points, the BHS girls basketball team finally met its match on Friday night. With a chance to win the John Burroughs Basketball Invitational, the Eagles crossed paths with the host team, the 7-1 Bombers, and lost 45-30.
How does a team that’s averaging 63 points a game score only 30? Two other statistics might best explain that. First, the Eagles shot 29 percent from the field, 10 percentage points below their average. Second, they grabbed only 30 rebounds after averaging 50 a game.
As usual, Brentwood forced a bunch of turnovers. Freshman sensations Marshelle Franklin and Nija Price combined for all but one of the team’s 14 steals. But with such cold shooting and ineffective rebounding, the steals weren’t converted into points.
Back to the running-out-of-gas thing . . .
“We were trying to pressure them and we were running out of gas,” said Brentwood coach Chris Jones. “I think we were just too busy sucking air. A couple of the girls said, ‘Hey, we can do the full-court press,’ and I said, ‘Okay, we can set it up.’ The problem with that is you’re running 86 feet all the time and they’re not in shape for that, especially when we have just seven or eight players. But it wasn’t a bad gamble; we did get some turnovers out of it. We just couldn’t keep up the intensity.”
It also didn’t help that the Eagles’ shots weren’t falling.
“I do think there was a lid on the basket tonight,” said Jones. “I’ve never seen Sophia [Rivera] miss so many shots. Nija had seven wide-open threes and didn’t make one. I like to believe in the 50-50 ratio; you shoot 10 shots and maybe half go in. I thought we had about 30 wide-open shots but it seemed like only a couple went in. It looks like the odds were against us.”
Still, it was a good tournament for BHS. Before facing Burroughs they routed Soldan and Roosevelt by a total of 64 points. They took on Soldan after not having played for 24 days but quickly settled back into the formula that’s made them 5-1: a fiery tempo set by Franklin, Price and Abby Harper combining for 40 points, 18 assists and 15 steals, with the flames fanned by 22 rebounds from Rivera, Caroline Snare and Air’shay Lampkin.
Franklin made the all-tournament team.
Jan. 5: Brentwood 54, Soldan 22 at John Burroughs
The Eagles led by eight points early then put together a 21-5 run in the second period for a 24-point halftime lead.
Franklin scored 18 points and Price 13, each shooting 50 percent from the field. The duo also combined for 16 assists and contributed 12 of Brentwood’s 21 steals. Price was two-for-three on three-pointers. Rivera and Snare each had eight rebounds.
For Soldan, 6-5, Najah Anderson scored 11.
Jan. 7: Brentwood 63, Roosevelt 31 at John Burroughs
The Eagles started slowly before cranking the volume in the second quarter, scoring 20 points for a 19-point halftime lead.
“I think our girls saw Roosevelt play against John Burroughs [a 37-point loss] and they thought we’ll take it lightly,” said Jones. “So we didn’t play very well. I wasn’t happy about the intensity.”
Franklin was two assists from a triple double, with 18 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Rivera had 17 rebounds and 12 points and Snare added 11 rebounds. Price scored nine points. BHS had 16 steals.
Charmeisha Reid and Alexis Harris scored all 31 points for Roosevelt, 2-4.
Jan. 9: John Burroughs 45, Brentwood 30 at John Burroughs
The score was tied seven times in the first 10 minutes of the game and it wasn’t until late in the third quarter that Burroughs got its first eight-point lead. After that, the Bombers slowly pulled away as the Eagles scored only six points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
Price and Franklin combined for 16 points with 29 percent accuracy. Rivera and Lampkin contributed 15 rebounds
For Burroughs, 8-1, Alison Gill scored 15 points.
Brentwood plays at Clayton at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12, hosts Crossroads at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and is at Trinity at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14.
BHS is 5-1 as of Jan. 12
Dec. 8: Beat McKinley 60-25 2-3
Dec. 10: Beat Lift for Life 53-43 5-4
Dec. 12: Beat Carnahan 83-29 3-2
Jan. 5: Beat Soldan 54-22 at Burroughs Invitational 6-5
Jan. 7: Beat Roosevelt 63-31 at Burroughs Invitational 2-4
Jan. 9: Lost 45-30 to John Burroughs at Burroughs Invitational 8-1