NASHVILLE — To nearly every two-point shot hit by Brown County, Brownstown Central hit a 3-pointer in its 62-31 victory on Friday night.
Brownstown Central poured in 10 shots from beyond the arc compared to 13 shots total for the host Eagles.
Junior Chaz Schneider led the Braves with 17 points, followed by Skylar Thompson with 12 and Brett McCory with 11.
Brownstown Coach Dave Benter really liked the defensive performance of his players, but the “lulls and stretches” without putting points on the board concern him. That can allow teams back into games.
“To be a championship-caliber team, you’ve got to be able to get it done on both ends of the floor,” he said.
Benter said during the past couple of weeks the Braves have not had a good combination of inside and outside scoring. Like on Friday, their defense saved them, he said.
“I just didn’t think we were really attacking with a purpose. Our spacing wasn’t always good; our screening wasn’t always good; and if we didn’t score in transition, we weren’t scoring,” Benter said.
Eagles Coach Roger Fleetwood spoke highly of his players’ efforts as well as the skill level of their opponent, which was ranked No. 8 in Class 3A.
“They’re a really good team,” he said. “You have to guard everybody on the team.”
Fleetwood said that his players missing eight or nine layups did not help their cause.
Add those 18 or so points to the scoreboard, and that changes the nature of the fourth quarter, he said.
Forward Steven Norman led Brown County with 17 points. Center Brayden Cosby added 9 points.
With the win, Brownstown improved to 11-1 on the season, while the Eagles dropped to 2-10.
Trinity Lutheran romps
Trinity Lutheran got its transition game going and added some 3-pointers for good measure in Friday’s home game against Medora.
The Cougars pulled ahead 22-8 through one quarter, led by 21 at halftime and buckled down defensively in the second half for a 79-36 win.
“I didn’t know what kind of defense (the Hornets) were going to play, but I just said, ‘Don’t settle for 3s. Work on getting the ball inside,”’ Cougars coach Aaron Rudzinski said. “I knew they had a big kid inside (Roy Edwards) that was going to be a force, but I just wanted us to focus on getting the ball inside.”
Trinity made several layups in transition and forced back-to-back turnovers twice, some of which led to points, in the first quarter.
To help the Cougars’ case, Luke Stuckwisch nailed a pair of 3s in the first quarter and another one in the second quarter, and Craig Stuckwisch sank one from long range and made two other baskets.
Luke Stuckwisch, a sophomore guard, said the quick start made a big difference.
“You’re not fighting and fighting. You’re up ahead, and you’re good,” Stuckwisch said. “You’ve got it in your head, ‘We’re winning. This is going good. Let’s keep doing it.’”
Luke Stuckwisch finished with 12 points, and Craig Stuckwisch shared game honors with the Hornets’ Edwards with 23 points.
Crusaders roll to victory
INDIANAPOLIS — Tori Robinson scored 18 points to lead Columbus Christian to a 43-20 win against Suburban Christian in the consolation bracket of the Allie Jean Hale Tournament.
“It was one of our best games of the year,” said Crusaders coach Ron Bridgewater. “We absolutely dominated on both ends of the floor. Tori just owned the blocks and she finished. She had 13 rebounds. That was the key.”
Rachel Warren had 12 points and Hannah Carlock added six points and six assists.
Columbus Christian plays Colonial Christian today at 11 a.m. in the consolation championship.