Both of our teams advance to Tuesday night’s Lower Bracket semi-finals vs Bracken County
On a rare occasion where both of our teams competed in back-to-back fashion, they were both victorious, clearing the opening round hurdle in the 2022 10th Region All “:A” Classic Tournament at Bracken County High School in Brooksville on Saturday afternoon.
Our guys bolted from the gate, opening up a 16-1 lead on the merits of six different players putting ink in the scorebook. Three pointers were hit by Logan Woosley, Brandon Bezold, and two from Mason Sepate. The Mustangs led 24-10 at the end of the quarter. Sepate would remain hot in the second frame, nailing another “3”, along with a 2 pointer, and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. The Mustangs led 38-27 at intermission and Sepate owned 18 of them.
The offense slowed down in the third quarter, as we were only able to muster 7 points in the period, as Nicholas County cut into the Brossart lead at 45-36. The Jackets got serious in the finale, cutting our lead to 53-46 and 55-48 prior to our connecting on 8 consecutive free-throws,down the stretch, two each from Jack Poe, Nate Schalk, Logan Woosley and Brandon Bezold. For the game, the Mustangs held a 14 point advantage from the free-throw line, connecting on 18 of 25 compared to the Jackets’ 4 of 11.
A myriad of charges were called in this game. Evan Orth took two from Jackets’ players, and Logan Woosley and Mason Sepate took two others. We were whistled for our share of them, as David Govan drew several offensive foul whistles.
Mason Sepate led all scorers with 19 – 18 of them coming in the first half. Luke Schumacher, had a big game in the presence of many family members on hand, scoring 10 points on the night. Logan Woosley added 9, David Govan -8, Brandon Bezold 7, and Jack Poe 6.
The Mustangs will take on Bracken County, the 59-57 survivor of the final boys opening round game of the afternoon. If you scouted this game, it would be as though you took your writing utensil and moved it at a rapid pace back and forward. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the way this game was played. Suffice it to say that no shot clock was required, and it is quite surprising that the score was as low as it was. The Mustangs will have history on our side, as we have defeated the Polar Bears in 20 of their past 24 meetings.
Our Lady Stangs simply smothered the Nicholas County girls defensively, allowing them only the first basket of the game, and then another with 18 seconds remaining in the first half, as we pushed out to an 18-4 halftime advantage.
The Lady Jackets become more contentious in the second half, as we could only manage to outscore them 25-23, which was enough to post the 43-26 victory and advance to Tuesday night’s semi-finals against Bracken County who put 70 points on the board en-route to a 70-37 victory over Augusta. Our leading scorers were Lauren Macht with 11, Molly Kramer – 9 and Bentley Fisher – 7. Bella Rowe knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. On the other side of the ledger, Jada Cleaver netted 10 points for the Jackets.