WHEELING - It only seemed like Linsly's Vivian Allison didn't miss a shot.
She did, but not often, scoring 25 points, many of those on floaters in the lane, in Linsly's 62-42 victory Wednesday against visiting Brooke.
Brooke coach Ryan Scherich wasn't convinced.
Brooke’s Angelo Staffileno, center, is surrounded by Linsly’s Anni Vehola (23) and Jazzie Orth (25) during their game Wednesday night in Wheeling.
"I looked at my assistant and said, 'She doesn't miss,' " Scherich said. "Every time she put up one of those floaters, it seemed like it was going in. I haven't seen a girl shoot floaters like that all year. She is a tough player."
Of course, that was the game plan for coach Erica Hall, whose Cadets (11-1) won their 11th straight after a season-opening loss to Steubenville.
"They were playing that zone and they were spread out," Hall said. "I told our girls we need to attack the paint. We have guards who can drive in the paint and we also have good shooters. They were doing a good job of defending the perimeter. Vivian is effective when she drives like that. She can score on those floaters."
No need to convince Brooke.
"They have a great bunch of shooters," Scherich said. "We were trying to guard against that but Allison did a great job of getting to the paint and getting those floaters to drop."
Allison continued to take it inside and when she did miss, which wasn't often, Jazzie Orth was there to clean it up.
Orth finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Not that the Bruins made it easy. At least for a half.
Michaela Hinerman made a first-quarter, buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just inside halfcourt to pull the Bruins to within one, 15-14, after the first.
The teams battled back-and-forth in the second, with Linsly holding a 27-26 halftime lead.
"I told the girls we had them playing our game," Scherich said. "We were being patient, walking the ball up, and Linsly seemed to get out and run. We did a good job keeping the game at a pace we wanted."
Then the second half happened.
Allison continued to go to the basket. Orth continued to do work in the paint. Morgan Brunner got going in the third quarter with seven of her 13 points.
The result was a 10-point Linsly lead, 46-36.
Any chance the Bruins had at making a run went to the bench when playmaker Hinerman found herself in foul trouble late in the third.
Linsly scored eight straight points to start the fourth and Brooke got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
"We don't have a real deep bench, and when Hinerman came out we lost our one player who can handle the ball and run the offense," Scherich said. "That's when they went on their run, when she was out of the game."
Brooke had been effective early with Hinerman running the show and Angela Staffileno (20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots) controlling the paint. Staffileno was held to four points in the second half.
"We were a little shaky to start the game," said Hall, a former Brooke player and coach, who is 3-0 all-time against her alma mater. "A lot of these girls know each other. I've gone against them in soccer and basketball and I have a good relationship with a lot of those girls. It's always a little bit strange when we play them."
The shakiness dissipated in the second half, as did Brooke's ability to stay in the game.
"We played the way we know how to play in the second half," Hall said. "We shared the ball. We shot the ball well. We got a lot of penetration, and we were getting those little floaters to fall."
"We are second in our (2A) division in the OVAC and that is shaping up to be a good race.
"We've heard a lot of good things about Fort Frye. It's shaping up to be some good competition tin the second half (of the season)."