Eagles Win 8th Straight, Stay Atop League

Marshelle Franklin passes to a teammate in Brentwood's game with John Burroughs on Dec. 24. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Marshelle Franklin passes to a teammate in Brentwood’s loss to John Burroughs on Jan. 9. The two teams might meet again in the district tournament. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

3 conference games left; 1 win will clinch title

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

The Brentwood High School girls basketball team stayed undefeated in the conference with a 46-22 win over Crossroads last week. With five league games down and three to go, the Eagles are on pace to bring the title back home after losing it a year ago.

Abby Harper shoots against Valley Park.
Abby Harper shoots against Valley Park.

If Brentwood beats second-place Hancock on Feb. 10, it will clinch at least a tie for the championship of the South Central Athletic Association Conference. The odds of the Eagles winning at least a piece of it are good. They’re 16-3, have won eight games in a row and have already beaten their three remaining conference foes — Hancock, Bayless and Valley Park — by 33, 30 and 25 points.

South Central AA Conference Standings
Brentwood 5-0
Hancock 4-2
Valley Park 1-3
Crossroads 1-3
Bayless 1-4

Sizing up the district

With the Eagles having their best season in years, fans must be wondering how they will fare in the Class 3 District 4 tournament. Can they do better than last year, when they lost in the first round to John Burroughs?

On paper, the two best teams in the district appear to be Burroughs and Whitfield. Burroughs has defeated Brentwood by 15 points and Whitfield by one. Of the five other teams in the district, the Eagles have beaten Valley Park by 25, MRH by 24 and JFK by 14. They haven’t played Principia or Cleveland NJROTC, both of whom are struggling.

Teams in Class 3, District 4
Brentwood, 16-3
John Burroughs, 12-8, beat BHS by 15
Whitfield, 7-10, lost to Burroughs by one
John F. Kennedy, 7-13, lost to BHS by 14
Valley Park, 6-15, lost to BHS by 25
MRH, 4-14, lost to BHS by 24
Principia, 5-16
Cleveland NJROTC

Air'shay Lampkin is introduced before the Valley Park game at BHS.
Air’shay Lampkin is introduced before the Valley Park game at BHS.

Feb. 3: won at Crossroads 46-22
It’s hard to believe that a year ago this month Crossroads beat Brentwood in a game senior Shelby Linneman called “a heartbreaker.” But this year it took the Eagles only eight minutes to turn a one-point lead into 22-point lead. Key stat: BHS made 30 steals and nine blocks. Leaders: Nija Price, 13 points (5-18 FG), eight steals, eight rebounds; Marshelle Franklin, 10 points, 10 steals, 10 assists, eight rebounds; Sophia Rivera, 18 rebounds, three blocks; Crossroads’ Essence Price, eight points.

Sophia Rivera (right) fights for position to get a rebound against Jane Doe of John Burroughs last month.
Sophia Rivera (right) and Alison Gill of John Burroughs fight for position to get a rebound last month.

St. Louis leaders
Three Eagles are ranked in the top seven in the St. Louis area in three categories, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As of Feb. 8, Franklin is No. 2 in assists per game (7.00) and steals (6.39), Rivera is No. 2 in blocked shots (4.29) and No. 5 in rebounds (12.9), and Price is No. 7 in steals (4.89).

Caroline Snare puts pressure on Jane Doe of Valley Park.
Caroline Snare puts pressure on Lejla Memisevic of Valley Park.

BHS is 16-3 as of Feb. 8
Dec. 8: won vs. McKinley 60-25
Dec. 10: won vs. Lift for Life 53-43
Dec. 12: won vs. Carnahan 83-29
Jan. 5: won vs. Soldan 54-22 at Burroughs Invitational
Jan. 7: won vs. Roosevelt 63-31 at Burroughs Invitational
Jan. 9: lost to John Burroughs 45-30 at Burroughs Invitational
Jan. 12: lost at Clayton 55-30
Jan. 13: won vs. Crossroads 52-25
Jan. 14: won at Trinity 64-33
Jan. 16: lost at Villa Duchesne 61-55
Jan. 20: won vs. MRH 77-53
Jan. 21: won vs. Normandy 52-16
Jan. 23: won vs. Hancock 70-37
Jan. 26: won vs. University City 62-55
Jan. 27: won at Bayless 60-30
Jan. 30: won vs. Valley Park 50-25
Feb. 2: won at JFK 48-34
Feb. 3: won at Crossroads 46-22
Games remaining
Feb. 10 at Hancock
Feb. 11 at Northwest
Feb. 13 host Bayless
Feb. 17 at Valley Park
Feb. 18 host Orchard Farm, senior night

Nija Price brings the ball up the floor against Valley Park.
Nija Price brings the ball up the floor against Valley Park.
Tiffany Anthony shoots a free throw against Valley Park.
Tiffany Anthony shoots a free throw in the Valley Park game. She and Air’shay Lampkin will be recognized on senior night, Feb. 18, the last home game of the regular season.
Brentwood head coach Chris Jones talks to his team during a timeout against Valley Park.
Brentwood head coach Chris Jones talks to his team during a timeout against Valley Park.
Marshelle Franklin looks for an opening in Valley Park's defense.
Marshelle Franklin looks for an opening between Valley Park’s Taylor Thompson (left) and Mara Teer.

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