Menne’s rebounding, Sappington’s shooting lead the way
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
The Brentwood High School boys basketball team, who earlier this season lost seven of eight games, is in first place in its conference.
The Eagles are 6-9 overall but have won the important ones. Last week they destroyed Bayless by 21 points and Valley Park by 16 to stay undefeated, 3-0, in the league. Dominating Bayless, 2-17, is nothing to write home about but conquering Valley Park is. The Hawks came to Brentwood Friday on a six-game win streak and with a record of 12-2, 3-0 in the South Central.
The game was tight at first but the Eagles built a 10-point lead in the second and third quarters and held the Hawks to 8 points in the fourth. They kept leading scorers Ryan Courtney and freshman guard Jeramy Shaw below their averages.
But the biggest key was that Brentwood dominated rebounding, 55-26, thanks to Jacob Menne, Skylar Sappington and Jordon Tate. Menne’s hands were everywhere, with 14 boards and four blocks. The air superiority allowed the Eagles a 64-37 edge on 2-point field goal attempts.
BHS’s leading scorer Charles Jones sank just one-third of his field-goal attempts but Skylar Sappington made up for it with a season-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting.
South Central AA Conference as of Jan. 31
Valley Park 3-1
Brentwood’s results — 6-9 as of Feb. 1
Nov. 30: beat Crossroads 63-23 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 3: lost to Kennedy 53-47 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 4: beat Principia 54-44 for 3rd place in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 7: beat McKinley 69-26
Dec. 15: lost to Orchard Farm 73-66
Dec. 23: lost to Francis Howell 77-40 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Dec. 26: lost to MICDS 78-61 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Dec. 28: lost to Clayton 71-46 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Jan. 5: lost to Lift for Life 66-53
Jan. 12: beat Crossroads 54-30
Jan. 14: lost to St. Pius X-Festus 58-43
Jan. 21: lost to MRH 51-48
Jan. 26: beat Bayless 81-60
Jan. 27: lost to Trinity 66-58
Jan. 29: beat Valley Park 66-50
Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.: at Crossroads
Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.: at Principia
Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m.: at Hancock
Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: at John Burroughs
Feb. 11, 6 p.m.: at Cleveland NJROTC
Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.: host Bayless
Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: at Valley Park
Feb. 17, 7 p.m.: host Hancock (senior night)
Class 3, District 4 playoffs not yet determined