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Bruins Girls Dump Big Red

January 6, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON , Steubenville Herald Star

WELLSBURG - For Brooke girls' basketball coach Ryan Scherich, it was rather simple.

''Shooting the ball is something we don't do very often and I don't know why," he said after the Bruins' 50-48 victory against Steubenville on Thursday. "(Thursday) the girls were pulling the trigger and when you get shot attempts, they start to go through.

''Good things tend to happen when you shoot the ball.''

It was just as simple for Big Red coach Phil Casinelli.

''We have to make our free throws and we have to play better defensively," he said. ''It's that simple. I'm the head coach and we weren't prepared for them. We took them lightly. As a coaching staff, that's our fault, thinking we could just come in here and win because of their record. They outhustled us. They deserved to win.

"We should win basketball games when we score 48 points. On the defensive end, we have to be better. We've been preaching defense and we're not getting it. Whatever defense we're in, we have to recognize the shooter and get out on the shooter and we didn't on three occasions."

Big Red's defense held the Bruins to 30 points through three quarters.

Brooke then scored two-thirds of that total in the final 8 minutes.

Mikayla Hinerman netted seven of her team-high 20 points, including a pair of treys, in the final quarter.

Angelia Staffileno also canned seven points, including one from behind the arc, in the deciding stanza. Alysia Paesano calmly netted a pair of jumpers as Brooke came back from a six-point deficit entering the final quarter.

Staffileno's baseline move and basket late gave the Bruins a 49-48 lead and the last of her 16 points.

Emiley Masloski led Big Red with a game-high 23 points, 17 coming in the first half.

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