COLLEGEDALE — Although they came back home with victories, neither Bradley Central head basketball coach was happy with their team's performance Friday evening in the opening round of the second …
COLLEGEDALE — Although they came back home with victories, neither Bradley Central head basketball coach was happy with their team's performance Friday evening in the opening round of the second annual East-West Classic.
"That was the ugliest game we've had this year, but I guess if you play that way and still win by 25 it's okay," commented Coach Chuck Clark after his Bears downed Rhea County 63-37 at East Hamilton High School.
"We're going to see some more nights like this, but it's important how we come back from this. We'll be alright."
Bearette mentor Jason Reuter also expressed concerns after a lopsided 53-26 victory over Memphis Southwind.
"Anybody who looks at that score will say it was a blowout. It was by halftime, but we struggled in the second half because we weren't focusing.
"We should have had the reserves in a lot quicker than we did, but our main girls were struggling in the second half. We only had five turnovers in the first half, which is good against anybody, but we finished with 21 for the game and that's not acceptable."
Both Bradley squads had a short time to turn things around as Saturday evening's action at Jim Smiddy Arena was against much tougher competition.
Playing the final two contests of the two-day, 14-game event, the Bearettes (8-1) took on Arlington (9-1), while the Bears (4-1) faced off with Oak Ridge (7-1) after presstime Saturday. Full details will be in Monday's edition of the Banner.
"We'll get better. We'll keep working. We'll find out a little more tomorrow (against Arlington) where we are," declared Reuter. "They are 9-1 and on the level of (Georgia state champion) Westlake (which defeated Bradley 47-35 last Saturday). We are facing a whale of a challenge."
"We'll have to play a lot better than we did tonight if we expect to stay with Oak Ridge," proclaimed Coach Clark.
In other East-West Classic boys games Friday, the Oak Ridge boys nipped Bolton 79-77 in triple overtime, while Riverdale (7-1) edged East Hamilton (7-2) 55-53.
In girls play, Arlington beat Oak Ridge 65-50, Houston downed Rhea County 68-56 and East Hamilton (6-3) manhandled Bolton 68-45.
Saturday morning, Houston stopped the co-host Lady Hurricanes 76-49 for their 10th straight win to open the hardwood season.
Bradley returns to District 5-AAA action this week with road trips to Ooltewah Tuesday and East Hamilton Friday.
BEARS 63, EAGLES 37
Both teams struggled out of the gate, missing the first 11 shots on their way to a combined 6-for-22 from the field and a 9-7 Rhea County (1-6) advantage at the first horn.
Bradley turned things around in the second frame with a 20-6 run, hitting half of its 14 shots, including four from long distance.
Sophomore Tucker Greene sparked the rally with a trio of "bombs" on his way to an 11-point, five-rebound performance.
"Tucker gave us a good lift," praised Coach Clark. "All those guys who came off the bench gave us good energy."
The Bears used a 19-4 streak to turn a 12-point halftime edge into 23 points heading into the final frame.
Rhea County was able to score in double figures in the final frame, but the Bear reserves were still able to add another three points to the difference.
Sophomore Tray Curry led the Bradley attack with 14 points, while junior Saylor Clark joined him and Greene in double figures with 10 markers to go with four rebounds and a trio of assists.
Sophomore Mason Rothwell and junior Ashton Boyd helped out with eight points apiece. Rothwell also cleared a team-high half dozen caroms, plus copped a pair of steals.
The Bears drilled nine 3-pointers in the victory with Greene's trio topping the effort that included a pair each from Clark and Boyd.
Freshman Quante Berry garnered four points, including a trey, plus cleared three ricochets, dished a trio of helps and copped three thefts. Junior Antonnio Whaley swiped five of Bradley's 17 steals on the evening, plus he handed out four "dimes."
The Bears scored 39 points off of 27 Eagle turnovers, plus got 24 points from it's bench.
Ricky Guthrie led the way for Rhea County with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
LADY JAGUARS 26
After leading 18-3 at the first horn, Bradley stretched its advantage to 32-8 at the intermission.
Although the Bearettes were able to increase their edge another five points in the third period, they struggled with turnovers and missed opportunities before getting outscored 11-9 in the final eight minutes.
Reuter repeatedly chanted "Just like McMinn County," referring to a very similar situation in Tuesday evening's district opening victory in Athens.
"This team has very high standards and we haven't put together four full quarters yet," he related.
"I have a group of girls that are going to go to war for each other every night. I don't question their heart and effort, but we've got to stay focused and play like we are capable for the whole game. We've got to play a little smarter.
"We're running 2-on-1 fast breaks and we couldn't make the layup. We can't play the scoreboard. We need to keep the pressure on regardless of the score.
"If you want to have a chance to go to the 'Glass House' (MTSU's Murphy Center) and play for a state championships, you can't play like we're playing right now," he added.
"We're going to have a few mistakes, playing as many young players as we do, but we need to be improving and correcting those mistakes.
"I'm still very proud of my team. There are a lot of coaches around the state that would love to be 8-1, but I'm a little bewildered at some of our decision making."
Samford commit Anna Walker continued her strong run of double-doubles with 14 points and 10 rebounds, plus she snatched a trio of steals and blocked three shots.
Junior Alexis Barnes is a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in her last two games, hitting all five of her Friday night attempts on her way to a dozen points, plus she cleared four caroms.
Junior Cambree Mayo helped out with eight points, five boards, a pair of steals and two assists, while senior Hannah Lombard posted six points and five caroms, plus had a theft and a help.
Senior Anna Roberts, who went 7-for-7 from the field Tuesday in Athens, netted seven markers on 2-for-3 shooting and swiped a trio of thefts.
Sophomore Jamaryn Blair added five points, a half dozen assists, three boards and a steal to the winning effort.
at East Hamilton HS
Bradley Central1814129 — 53
Southwind35711 — 26
BEARETTES (53) — Anna Walker 14, Alexis Barnes 12, Cambree Mayo 8, Anna Roberts 7, Hannah Lombard 6, Blair 5, Hughes 1, Reuter, Carman, Hullender, Falcon.
LADY JAGUARS (26) — Yaya Coleman 14, Brown 5, Patton 2, Bolden 2, Chambers 2, Wright 1, Robinson.
3-POINTERS: BC 5 (Walker 2, Roberts, Blair, Mayo); SW 2 (Coleman 2).
FREE THROWS: BC 10-of-18; SW 2-of-4.
RECORDS: Bradley Central 8-1; Southwind 5-4.
Rhea County96814 — 37
Bradley Central7201917 — 63
GOLDEN EAGLES (37) — Ricky Guthrie 12, Laws 6, Palemino 6, Hill 4, Thunquist 4, Harveston 3, Taylor 2, Allen, Vincent, Waldo.
BEARS (63) — Tray Curry 14, Tucker Greene 11, Saylor Clark 10, Mason Rothwell 8, Ashton Boyd 8, Berry 4, McCleary 4, Ferguson 3, Whaley 1, Wesley, Davis, Smith.
3-POINTERS: RC 3 (Palemino 2, Taylor); BC 9 (Greene 3, Clark 2, Boyd 2, Rothwell, Berry).
FREE THROWS: RC 0-of-1; BC 8-of-19.
RECORDS: Rhea County 1-6; Bradley Central 4-1.
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