Playing their only home games in a 35-day span, Bradley Central gave the Black-and-Gold fans plenty to enjoy with a pair of lopsided District 5-AAA basketball victories over visiting Soddy-Daisy …
Playing their only home games in a 35-day span, Bradley Central gave the Black-and-Gold fans plenty to enjoy with a pair of lopsided District 5-AAA basketball victories over visiting Soddy-Daisy Tuesday evening at Jim Smiddy Arena.
The nationally ranked Bearettes put up their largest point total in more than a decade with a 93-15 shellacking of Soddy before the Bears trailed twice in the nightcap’s first eight points prior to ripping the Trojans with a 19-6 streak on their way to a 79-46 blowout.
“No disrespect to Soddy-Daisy, but we’ve just got a more talented team than they do. We’ve got a strong nucleus and a good supporting cast,” head coach Jason Reuter said of his Bearettes, who are atop the CoachT.com state poll and second in the initial Associated Press rankings of the season.
“Halle (Hughes) and Rhyne (Howard) played just nine minutes apiece,” the coach said of his talented “Double-H Duo.”
“None of our starters played more than 14 minutes. We didn’t have a JV game tonight, so we played those girls a lot of minutes. Our JV team hasn’t played in 24 days. We didn’t try to run the score up, but I can’t ask those girls not to play hard when they are in there,” he added.
Completing an evening where Bradley varsity teams outscored a trio of opponents 236-68, the top-ranked Bear wrestling squad blasted Ooltewah 64-7 (See related story, this section).
The Bradley hoops squads, who won’t play at home again until Jan. 24 when East Hamilton comes calling, will travel to Ooltewah Friday evening for their next contests.
BEARS 79, TROJANS 46
Seeing their first action since a rough showing in the Maryville Christmas Tournament, the Bradley boys (9-6, 2-2 District 5-AAA) got off to a strong start with senior Ty Beavers drilling a trio of 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, and a fast-break dunk in the opening period for 11 of his 26 points on the evening.
Doubling up the visitors 22-11 in the first eight minutes, the Bears added three more points to their advantage in the second frame for a 38-24 edge at the intermission.
The hosts kept up the pressure after returning from the break, netting 12 of the first 16 ponts in the second half.
Senior all-stater Cole Copeland sizzled for a dozen of his game-high 28 points in the third period as the lead swelled to more than 20 points five times in the frame.
Bradley capped off the one-sided outcome with an 18-3 run in the final eight minutes as freshman Saylor Clark came off the bench to net a half dozen points.
“We haven’t played since Dec. 30, so we were a little rusty,” assessed Bear head coach Chuck Clark. “Our offense was fine, but we didn’t play very good defense.
“The guys did a good job of picking me up. I’ve been sick, so coaches (Patrick) Spangler and (Drew) German have been in charge of getting us ready for this game, and the players responded well,” he added.
Copeland passed Jimmy Whaley (class of 1954) to move into ninth place on the Bears’ all-time scoring list. His 28-point output gives him 1,630 career points, just 59 behind his older brother Bryce, who is next on the list.
The two-time District 5-AAA Player of the Year cleared the glass for 11 rebounds to maintain his double-double average for the season, plus he dished off a trio of assists, blocked a pair of shots and swiped the ball twice. Copeland hit 71 percent from the field in the contest, sinking 8-of-11 shots from in front of the arc and 4-of-6 beyond it.
Beavers connected on 67 percent of his attempts from the field, drilling 6-for-7 from two-point land and half of his eight shots from distance. He also snagged four caroms and handed off a pair of helps.
Junior point guard Lameric Tucker helped out with nine points, hitting 4-of-5 shots including a fast-break tomahawk slam, plus he dropped a pair of “dimes.”
Saylor Clark added a trio of boards and two assists to his night’s work.
LADY TROJANS 15
Scoring the most points since they beat Soddy-Daisy 95-46 back on Jan. 31, 2006, Bradley (17-0, 4-0) netted what is technically the game-winning point midway through the opening period when Hughes drilled a 3-pointer to cap a 17-0 game-opening run.
The Lee University signee blistered the nets for 14 of her game-high 18 points in the opening frame, while fellow senior Emma Kate Brown scored a dozen and Howard eight in the period.
Claiming their 35th straight home victory, the Bearettes (17-0, 4-0) opened with their most prolific scoring period of the season for a 34-6 advantage at the first horn.
With all of the starters on the bench to open the second frame, the hosts continued to stretch their advantage with a 25-5 scoring advantage in the period for a 59-11 halftime edge.
Soddy-Daisy (5-12, 1-3) only managed a pair of buckets in the second half of the contest, while the Bearettes reserves netted 34 more points.
Hughes dished out four assists and copped a trio of steals, while hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and all five of her free throws.
Howard finished with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, handed out four helps and swiped four thefts. Brown had two assists and blocked a shot.
Sophomore Kimia Carter came off the bench for a dozen points, four helps and a trio of thefts.
Senior Sydney Morgan helped out with seven points, hitting all three of her shots from the field, and copped four steals
Junior Hannah Lombard netted eight points, cleared a half dozen ricochets, dropped a pair of “dimes,” and swiped two thefts.
Bradley took advantage of 36 Lady Trojan turnovers to score 57 of its points.
Soddy-Daisy 6 5 2 2 — 15
Bradley Central34252410 — 93
LADY TROJANS (15) — Trimiar 6, Dent 4, Branam 3, Kearney 2, Williams, Hall, M. Davis, Pruett, Prestwood, Hamby, B. Davis.
BEARETTES (93) — Halle Hughes 18, Rhyne Howard 14, Kimia Carter 12, Emma Kate Brown 12, Lombard 8, Morgan 7, K. Hughes 5, Mayo 5, Walker 4, McRee 4, Roberts 2, Davis 2, Hullender 2, Koger, Reuter.
3-POINTERS: SD 1 (Branam); Bradley 3 (H.Hughes, Brown, Morgan).
FREE THROWS: SD 0-of-3; Bradley 14-of-19.
RECORDS: Soddy-Daisy 5-12, 1-3 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 17-0, 4-0 District 5-AAA.
Soddy-Daisy111319 3 — 46
Bradley Central22162318 — 79
TROJANS (46) — Jake Flippo 20, Humphreys 7, Burke 7, Volker 6, Perez 6, Branum, Massengale, Coffett, Davis, Patton, Chambers, Durain.
BEARS (79) — Cole Copeland 28, Ty Beavers 26, Tucker 9, Clark 6, Wesley 4, Cartwright 3, Brown 2, Ferguson 1, Duggan, Floyd, Elrod, Cook. Wesley-Walker, Boyd.
3-POINTERS: SD 5 (Flippo 2, Perez, Humphreys, Volker); Bradley 9 (Copeland 4, Beavers 4, Tucker).
FREE THROWS: SD 5-of-11; Bradley 10-of-18.
RECORDS: Soddy-Daisy 1-14; 0-4; Bradley Central 9-6, 2-2 District 5-AAA.
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