Eagles down Jets, seize 3rd straight

HOPE — The Brown County girls basketball team put forth a dominant performance Tuesday, winning its third game in a row to start the season, a 55-30 win at Hauser.

Defense was the key for the Eagles, who began the game in a press and stayed in it for much of the night. Brown County forced the Jets into 27 turnovers, with many of them translating to points on the offensive side of the ball for the Eagles.

“Our defense has been effective for us early on in the season,” Brown County coach Matt Roberts said. “It has helped us generate some turnovers and get some easy buckets.”

The Eagles (3-0) led by as many as 20 points toward the end of the third quarter, with Hauser (0-2) unable to gain any momentum throughout the night.

“It’s a combination of fundamentals and just keeping your head, keeping your wits about you,” said Hauser coach Brad Hamilton, regarding his team’s 27 turnovers. “I think we need to compete harder against each other in practice in order to make each other better.”

Brown County was led by sophomore Aubrey Hollander’s big night. She scored 16 points, while adding six rebounds.

“We knew coming in that they would be really strong and aggressive, and we just wanted to bring it right back to them,” Hollander said. “We really have been stressing team defense in practice, so getting all those turnovers has been good.”

The Jets had their chances to cut the lead from the charity stripe, but were 12 for 29 from the free-throw line. Hauser was led by a strong effort from senior Tessa Sims, who tallied 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.

The Jets were playing only their second game of the season after having their first two postponed last week in the aftermath of the school’s volleyball team reaching the Class A state finals. Hauser opened the season Saturday with a loss at Class A No. 10 Trinity Lutheran.