Girls Finally Meet Their Match: Burroughs

Nija Price is squeezed by two John Burroughs defenders after she completes an inside shot.
Nija Price is squeezed by John Burroughs defenders Lailah Elliott (left) and Evie Oglesby after she completes an inside shot. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Team, 5-1, wins 2 of 3 at John Burroughs Invitational

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Marchelle Franklin was named to the all-tournament team at the John Burroughs Invitational.
Marshelle Franklin receives a medal for being named to the all-tournament team at the John Burroughs Invitational.
Tiffany Anthony shoots a jump shot.
Tiffany Anthony shoots a jump shot past Gen Nickerson.

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.”

Air'shay Lampkin smiles at whatever Abby Harper is saying in the pregame team huddle.
Air’shay Lampkin smiles at whatever Abby Harper is saying in the pregame team huddle.

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.

Abby Harper hurries the ball up the floor.
Abby Harper rushes the ball up the floor.

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.

Sophia Rivera stretches to stop Jordan McClendon of John Burroughs.
Sophia Rivera stretches to stop Jordan McClendon of John Burroughs.

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.

Caroline Snare defends against an in-bounds pass.
Caroline Snare tries to block a pass from Evie Oglesby.

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.

Head coach Chris Jones and assistant Andy Nieters (right) lead a timeout in the first half.
Head coach Chris Jones and assistant Andy Nieters (right) lead a timeout in the first half.

Upcoming games

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.

Air'shay Lampkin gets tangled with two John Burroughs players.
Air’shay Lampkin gets tangled with Evie Oglesby (left) and Alison Gill.

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

Tiffany Anthony gets set to shoot.
Tiffany Anthony gets set to shoot in front of Evie Oglesby (25) and Alison Gill.
Nija Price sacrifices her body and takes a charge . . .
Nija Price sacrifices her body and takes a charge . . .
. . . and is cheered by her teammates for it.
. . . and is cheered by her teammates for it. They are (from left) Sophia Rivera, Abby Harper and Air’shay Lampkin.
Caroline Snare brings the ball towards mid-court.
Caroline Snare brings the ball towards mid-court.
Sophia Rivera fires a short jump shot.
Sophia Rivera fires a short jump shot.
Marchelle Franklin tries to keep Lailah Elliott from passing to Alison Gill.
Marshelle Franklin tries to keep Lailah Elliott from passing to Alison Gill (top).
Nija Price heads in for a layup.
Nija Price heads in for a layup as Sophia Rivera sets a pick on Gen Nickerson.
Sophia Rivera tries to disrupt Lailah Elliott's pass.
Sophia Rivera tries to disrupt Lailah Elliott’s pass.
Nija Price sees an opening and heads for the basket.
Nija Price sees an opening and heads for the basket.
Marchelle Franklin wrestles for a loose ball.
Marshelle Franklin wrestles for a loose ball.
Air'shay Lampkin plays defense.
Air’shay Lampkin puts pressure on Lailah Elliott.
Gabby Gombas warms up before the game.
Gabby Gombas warms up before the game.
Attending Brentwood's game against John Burroughs on Friday are coach Chris Jones's former players (from left) Liz Wagnon, Meredith McGrath and Haley Holtgrieve. All three are in college: Wagnon is studying biology and Spanish at Missouri State, McGrath magazine journalism at Mizzou and Holtgrieve physical therapy at Creighton, Neb.
Attending Brentwood’s game against John Burroughs on Friday are coach Chris Jones’s former players (from left) Liz Wagnon, Meredith McGrath and Haley Holtgrieve. All three are in college: Wagnon studying biology and Spanish at Illinois College, McGrath magazine journalism at Mizzou and Holtgrieve physical therapy at Creighton, Neb.

One thought on “Girls Finally Meet Their Match: Burroughs

  1. You produce some of the best action shots. The Brentwood Lady Eagles are on the move again. Chris Jones is doing a very good job of coaching and the Ladies must have some great hustle and motivation. I would have never recognized Meredith and Haley if I passed them within three feet of them, and Haley lives one house away from us.

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