Bears, Bearettes split with Baylor
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Chattanooga — The Bradley Central basketball teams ventured south to Baylor on Tuesday and came away with a win and a loss.

The Bearettes (9-2) started out ragged before regrouping to pull away for their 16th consecutive win over the Lady Red Raiders with a 57-39 victory.

However, the Bears (5-6) weren’t as fortunate as the torrid shooting Red Raiders dominated with a final 69-44 score.

Both Bradley teams must get ready for another road trip Friday as they hit Middle Tennessee for a rematch of their season-opening games with Cookeville.

The Bearettes rolled to an easy win while the Bears were playing shorthanded due to football and were roughed up on their home court.

The Baylor ladies jumped to a quick 9-2 lead in the first quarter before Florida-bound Brooke Copeland came off the bench to lead the Bearettes to a very shaky 20-14 lead at the half.

Copeland would go on to lead the Bearettes with 25 points and 15 rebounds to secure another double-double.

MTSU signee Rebecca Reuter would toss in 10 points and pull down 13 boards to also double up for the Bearettes.

Seven different players scored as the Bearettes knocked down 22 of 27 free throws. They also dominated the backboards by a count of 37-19.

“We came out sloppy with 13 turnovers in the first half, most of them unforced in the first quarter but cut those down to seven in the second half,” remarked Bearettes coach Jason Reuter. “I’m proud of how we bounced back and took care of the ball. We played hard and totally outrebounded them.”

Red Raiders 69,

Bears 44

The Bears found themselves down early with the Red Raiders gunning 3-pointers over the Bears’ zone defense.

Baylor’s first three shots made were from behind the arc and the theme continued throughout the night as they would eventually close out with a total of eight from downtown. To make matters a little more difficult for the Bears, Baylor began to work the back door for numerous layups.

As a team the Red Raiders shot 68 percent from the field on 26-of-38 shooting while the Bears could only manage 16-for-48 for 33 percent.

Baylor also finished strong with 8-of-12 from 3-point land and placed four players in double figures.

Senior Taylor Bentley was the only Bear to hit double digits with 11 points.

The Bears cut an eight point deficit to four midway through the second quarter before a Baylor scoring spurt pushed it back to 12 at the half.

The Red Raiders opened the second half by outscoring the Bears 10-2, and pushed the score to 50-33 after three periods.

The fourth quarter saw Baylor extend its lead to the final margin as the Bears couldn’t stop the scoring onslaught.