5 Eagles score in double figures against Hancock
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Last week the Brentwood High School girls basketball team played four games over five days. Exhausting? Actually, they seemed to get stronger as the week passed. On Monday they won by 26 points, on Tuesday by 43, on Wednesday by 70 and on Friday by 67.
Granted, those four opponents have a combined record of 16-59. But ask anybody on the team and she’ll tell you it’s fun to be winning again. After starting the season 1-4, including two humbling routs, the Eagles have now won six in a row and 10 of their last 11.
Brentwood’s bid to repeat as the conference champion is looking great. The team is 4-0 in the South Central and its remaining league games are with Hancock (whom they’ve beaten by 70), Valley Park (beaten by 36) and Bayless, whose record is 3-17.
“The conference is definitely down this year,” explained head coach Chris Jones.
The Eagles have spent much of this season trying to recapture the mojo they had last year when they went 21-4 and outscored league opponents by an average margin of 30 points. Now they might be a little better than that, having outplayed the South Central by an average margin of 46.
“It feels like last year,” said senior guard Abby Harper.
One thing they’re doing well is balancing their attack. At least three Eagles have scored in double figures in each of the past three games. Five scored 10 or more against Hancock.
Of course, the postseason will get much tougher. The district playoffs start on Feb. 22 and BHS (13-7) will eventually have to face teams like Whitfield (19-2) and John Burroughs (12-8). Even Principia would be a handful; the Panthers are 11-12 but with better showings than Brentwood against Clayton, Windsor, McKinley and Lift for Life.
Senior center Sophia Rivera is facing the future with optimism.
“It has been a crazy season but it’s been a great one,” she said. “We’ve really come back strong and I think we’re going to have a good rest of the season.”
South Central AA Conference
Standings as of Feb. 7
Valley Park 4-1
Feb. 5: beat MRH 79-12
So much for the saying, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” When Brentwood took a 27-2 lead in the first quarter, it was pretty much over. Key stat: The Eagles made 31 steals. BHS leaders: Sophia Rivera, 17 points (6-12 FG), 3 blocks; Nija Price, 15 points (6-7 FG), 7 assists, 7 rebounds; Marshelle Franklin, 11 points (5-10 FG), 8 steals; Imani Gordon, 10 points (5-5 FG).
Feb. 3: beat Hancock 81-11
Brentwood led by 20 points in the first quarter. Key stats: The Eagles made 23 steals and had five players score in double figures. BHS leaders: Sophia Rivera, 21 points (9-20 FG), 18 rebounds, 4 blocks; Marshelle Franklin, 12 points (6-9 FG); Imani Gordon, 12 points (5-10 FG), 12 rebounds; Nija Price, 12 points (5-8 FG), 8 steals, 7 assists; Abby Harper, 10 points (4-12 FG). Hancock leader: April Turner, 5 points.
Brentwood’s Results — 13-7 as of Feb. 7
Nov. 30: lost to Timberland 50-29 at Orchard Farm Tourn.
Dec. 2: beat Orchard Farm 41-40 at Orchard Farm Tourn.
Dec. 4: lost to Fort Zumwalt North 48-17 at Orchard Farm Tourn.
Dec. 7: lost to McKinley 41-38
Dec. 9: lost to Lift for Life 32-22
Jan. 4: beat Soldan 52-50 at John Burroughs Tourn.
Jan. 6: beat Roosevelt 51-16 at John Burroughs Tourn.
Jan. 8: lost to John Burroughs 39-23 at Burroughs Tourn.
Jan. 11: lost to Clayton 55-34
Jan. 12: beat Crossroads 51-16
Jan. 13: beat Trinity Catholic 47-38
Jan. 15: beat Villa Duchesne 37-35
Jan. 23: beat Liberty Wentzville 54-49 at Affton Tourn.
Jan. 25: lost to Clayton 51-36 at Affton Tourn.
Jan. 26: beat Windsor 46-45 at Affton Tourn.
Jan. 29: beat Valley Park 56-20
Feb. 1: beat Kennedy 57-31
Feb. 2: beat Crossroads 61-18
Feb. 3: beat Hancock 81-11
Feb. 5: beat Maplewood-Richmond Heights 79-12
Feb. 8, 6 p.m., host Bayless
Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m., at Hancock
Feb. 12, 5 p.m., at Bayless
Feb. 16, 6 p.m., host Valley Park (senior night)
Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m., at Orchard Farm
Feb. 22-26, district playoffs at John Burroughs