Reaching the 250-win plateau is impressive.Doing it in just 8 1/2 high school hoop seasons is astronomical.That's what Bradley Central's girls did for "Papa Bear" Jason Reuter Friday evening with a …
Reaching the 250-win plateau is impressive.
Doing it in just 8 1/2 high school hoop seasons is astronomical.
That's what Bradley Central's girls did for "Papa Bear" Jason Reuter Friday evening with a 63-27 romp over county-rival Walker Valley at "The Stable."
"Good players make good coaches," proclaimed Reuter, who wasn't aware it was his 250th coaching victory. "I've had a lot of good players, good parents and a lot of support from the Bradley fans and administration.
"It's the players that win the games. I haven't pulled a single rebound since I retired," stated the 6-foot-8 former Lee College post player.
"I've been blessed with some very talented players, who were willing to work and get better. I try to practice them and get them ready for the games, but they are the ones who go out and perform.
The veteran mentor who spent a dozen years learning under Bradley coaching legend Kent Smith, also credits the "stability of the coaching staff" with the program's success.
"Katie (Frazier, an All-American player at Lee) has been with me since the beginning and Amy (Tinsley, a standout former Bearette and Lady Flame) has been with us the last six years. In nine years, we've only had one change on the staff.
"The girls coming in are seeing the same faces and getting the same coaching year-in and year-out and that makes a big difference.
"We have found it's more fun to win than lose, so we plan to keep doing that for as long as we can," he added.
Ranked third in the state and 36th in the nation by MaxPreps, Bradley is now 17-2 on the season and 6-0 in District 5-AAA play as the first Associated Press state poll comes out Tuesday.
The Bearettes will look for a trio of wins this week against tough competition.
"We've got McMinn Central (Tuesday) and Stone Memorial (Saturday), two very good teams this week we have to face on the road, plus we host McMinn County (Friday) in a big district game," remarked Reuter, who has 61 straight victories over 5-AAA opponents. "We've got to keep sharpening our axe and be ready for the postseason."
The District 5-AA leading Chargerettes are 12-8 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in league play, plus beat Walker Valley by 22 Tuesday evening.
The Lady Panthers are 12-3 on the season and 2-0 in District 6-AAA action. Stone's losses came in the first three games of the season to Macon County (17-4), Riverdale (15-1) and Bradley by a 65-55 tally at Smiddy Arena.
McMinn County is 15-6 overall and 3-3 in 5-AAA play, including a 53-39 loss to the Bearettes in Athens.
Walker Valley (6-11, 2-4) will have a few days to recoup before facing Cleveland (11-11, 5-1) in a key district matchup Friday back in "The Stable."
Last Friday's 36-point victory over the Lady Mustangs is quintessential of Bearette victories since Reuter took over the reins in 2010 as his teams have won at an 89 percent rate (250-31). Only 30 of his 250 wins didn't come by double digits.
With the Herd playing a slow-down offense, they trailing just 7-5 five minutes into the game before the Bearettes went on a 16-2 run to close out the opening quarter.
"We wanted to start fast and get a quick start, especially here in their gym, but they did a good job of keeping us from doing that, holding the ball a little bit, but we weren't going to let them hold it," Reuter explained.
"They've lost their leader in Abbey Davis (to a knee injury), so we had them outmanned at every position. We pretty well knew what to expect when we came up here."
The Bearettes held the hosts to just a single field goal and two free throws in the second frame while pushing their advantage to 40-12 at the intermission.
After netting the first eight points of the second half before Walker Valley could get off a shot, Reuter pulled his starters for the game's final 13 minutes.
"We played good defense and believed in our system. We were able to turn them over 23 times and got 37 points off those turnovers," the Bearette coach praised.
Bradley also got 29 points off fast breaks, plus outscored the Lady Mustangs 28-12 in the paint. The Bearette bench also held a 24-8 scoring edge over the hosts.
Although hitting better than 48 percent (25-of-52) from the field, Bradley was just 6-for-23 (26 percent) on 3-point attempts.
Sophomore point guard Jamaryn Blair led the Black-and-Gold with 18 points, plus she grabbed four rebounds, copped four steals and dished four assists.
Samford commit Anna Walker helped out with 14 points, including a pair of long-range bombs, plus blocked thee shots.
Junior Alexis Barnes garnered a half dozen points, four caroms and a pair of "swats," while classmate Cambree Mayo cleared four ricochets, dealt four helps and swiped a trio of thefts.
Cayce Davis topped the Walker Valley effort with nine points, a trio of boards and two swipes.
Laney Harris added a half dozen markers and three rebounds, while Tasia Roberts cleaned the glass for six caroms.
at "The Stable"
Bradley Central2317167 — 63
Walker Valley84510 — 27
BEARETTES (63) – Jamaryn Blair 18, Anna Walker 14, Alexis Barnes 6, Williams 4, Hughes 4, Carman 3, Lombard 3, Reuter 3, Mayo 2, Crittenden 2, Hullender 2, Falcon 2, Roberts, Estrada.
LADY MUSTANGS (39) - Cayce Davis 11, Laney Harris 6, Bentley 3, Jaynes 3, Roberts 2, Baker 2, Fowler, Gibson, Benson, Patel, Rue, Caldwell.
3-Pointers: BC 6 (Walker 2, Blair, Lombard, Carman, Reuter); WV 1 (Harris).
Free throws: BC 7-of-8; WV 12-of-22
RECORDS: Bradley Central 17-2, 6-0 District 5-AAA; Walker Valley 6-11, 2-4 District 5-AAA.
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