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By David Sharp
Schuyler County used their take away defense to begin their 2022-23 season with a 13-2 run and powered to a 64-29 win over Brashear in the season opening varsity girls game for both teams.
The defending Lewis and Clark girls conference champion Rams led 19-9 after the first quarter. Schuyler County reeled off a 14-5 second quarter run to a 33-14 halftime lead.
Schuyler County turned in a 20-8 third quarter burst to a 53-22 third quarter lead. The Lady Rams displayed good scoring balance. Brashear defended without putting the Lady Rams on the free throw line.
Brashear was 5-10 at the free throw line. Schuyler County sank one of two free throws. Schuyler County held Brashear to nine field goals and two made three pointers defensively.
“I thought they were a quick and aggressive team out there tonight,” Schuyler County coach Thomas Kirkland said. “They challenged us. The first game of the year, we wanted to get some things out of the way.”
“I thought we were a little loose with the basketball. Defensively, we did a phenomenal job,” Coach Kirkland said. “A few people got loose with rebounds and put backs but overall the defensive intensity was there the whole night long.”
Lacey Fisher led Brashear with 15 points. Heidi Lay and Paige Stutsman scored five points each. Cassidy Althide and Aubrey Borgmeyer scored two points each.
Jacie Morris led three Lady Rams in double figures with 17 points. Morris signed a National Letter of Intent to attend North Central Community College at Trenton earlier in the day.
Kait Hatfield scored 14 points for Schuyler County. Hatfield signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Columbia College on a softball and track scholarship earlier on November 22, 2022.
Ashlyn Laws was in double digits with ten points. Taylor Roberts scored nine points. Claudia Dixon, Raina Small and Madison Haley added four Schuyler County points each. Kelsey Tallman scored two points.
“The first half we didn’t do a good job of getting our matchups in transition,” Brashear coach Emily Powell said. “Turnovers. A veteran team like that is able to capitalize really quickly. All of their kids can score from a variety of spots on the floor.”
“I thought we competed for four quarters,” Emily Powell said. “We cut it under 20 in the third quarter. They went on another run to spread it back out. We came out and played really hard.”
“Their experience and their size. The aggressive nature and physicality they play with. I would like us to take it with us and use it in our own game.”