NASHVILLE — To say that Eastern Greene came out hot on Friday night at Brown County High School would be a severe understatement.
The Thunderbirds were on fire, hitting nine straight 3-point shots to start the game.
With an 18-5 lead established in the first three minutes, Eastern Greene remained unbeaten (4-0) with a 72-49 victory against Brown County (0-4).
Eastern Greene senior sharpshooter Tyler Brough had 12 of the Thunderbirds’ first 18 points, hitting four straight shots from beyond the arc.
Eastern Greene’s Briar Martindale and Nathan Sparks each added a 3-pointer as the Thunderbirds led 22-7 after the first quarter.
“We knew Brough was a shooter,” said Brown County assistant coach Josh Aspenson. “The plan was to be eyeing for him, but obviously that did not happen early in the game.”
Brown County had trouble with Eastern Greene’s full-court press in the first half, leading to turnovers and opportunities for the Thunderbirds.
“When a team comes out hot like that, you just need to up the intensity and give it right back to them,” said Aspenson.
Brown County wasn’t able to match Eastern Greene’s explosive push early in the game, as the Eagles wasted precious possessions on missed outside jump shots.
Brown County senior Steven Norman put on a strong performance for the Eagles, with eight straight points in the second quarter to bring Brown County within nine points.
The Thunderbirds responded with eight straight points, and Brown County did not challenge again.
Norman had 24 points for Brown County, while senior Tony Goral added 13.
Aspenson emphasized that inexperience will be an obstacle for Brown County this season, with Norman and Goral being the only returners with previous varsity experience.
“A couple of bright spots to come from the game, our two best players are playing like our two best players,” Aspenson said. “They are playing very well and that’s going to help our younger guys to come along.”
Brown County junior Luke Huls had seven points for the Eagles, while Collin Hoskins had three and Josh Brown added two.
The Eagles will recharge and prepare to face Greenwood tonight at 7:30 at Brown County.