Patriots Girls Best Brooke Behind 62-4 Run
WELLSBURG — The Brooke girls’ basketball team started and ended the game well against rival Wheeling Park. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the rest of the game belonged to the Patriots.
Wheeling Park scored at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters, led by as many as 60 points on two occasions en route to an 84-32 victory over Brooke on Tuesday night inside the Brooke Wellness Center.
The Bruins led in the first quarter, and the hosts ended on a 12-4 spurt, but the visitors broke the game wide open by ending the first half on a 42-2 run.
“It was 14-10 with two or three minutes to go in the first quarter,” Brooke (5-4) coach Ryan Scherich said. “We were winning 14-10, and then they outscored us 74-18 from that point.
“Then, the wheels fell off. We reverted back to old basketball. They did not want to handle the ball. They got rid of it as fast as possible.”
The Park run reached 62-4 in the final seconds of the third quarter.
“I told the girls I am happy with how unselfish this group is,” Wheeling Park (5-3) head coach Ryan Young said. “We have a lot of kids we can run in and out. We can make it tough on teams because of the amount of girls we can play.
“This game is over. We were focused on this game. Now we turn our attention to Morgantown on Thursday. That is where we are now focused. They set the bar for the state.”
Eight players scored for Brooke, but none of which reached double digits. Individually, Chrissy Byers recorded a team-high seven points, while Ashley Arca and Hope Bowman each added six.
“It’s over,” Scherich said. “We get to come back and play again. That is the great thing about basketball, you get to play again.”
All 11 players in the scorebook played for the Patriots, and all 11 scored. Though the Patriots only had one player reach double figures, eight of the 11 scored at least seven points. Shanley Woods delivered a game-high 13 points, while Kylie McKennen and Jose Daugherty each collected nine points.
“We just got done playing in a tournament at Ripley, and we shot the ball well down there,” Young said. “We shot the ball well again. We have a lot of girls who can shoot. We are tough to beat when we shoot well and play defense.”
Wheeling Park led 28-14, at the end of the first quarter, 52-16, at halftime and 72-20 at the end of the third. The Patriots led by scores of 80-20 and 84-24 in the fourth.