Lady ‘Cats fall to Valley: 39 turnovers cost BRHS girls in area championshipPublished 10:39am Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Benjamin Russell’s girls basketball team suffered a 67-41 loss to Valley in the finals of the Class 5A, Area 5 tournament.
The Lady Wildcats fell behind early on and were unable to claw back into the game versus the Lady Rams.
“We didn’t play well at all,” Benjamin Russell girls basketball coach Ron Rowe said. “We couldn’t do anything offensively. Defensively, we had a game plan that didn’t work.”
Benjamin Russell was careless with the ball, committing 39 turnovers.
The Lady Wildcats’ starters mustered only 14 points combined.
“The bench outplayed the starters,” Rowe said.
Brianna Grant led the team with 10 points. Chloe Owens added nine points.
Both Grant and Owens were named to the all-tournament team.
The closest that Benjamin Russell could get to Valley was a 10-point deficit.
The Lady ‘Cats headed into intermission down 28-18.
The Lady Rams used a 21-9 third quarter to effectively put the game out of reach.
“We got away from what we talked about,” Rowe said. “Valley set the tone and got us out of our game plan.”
Despite the loss, as a result of finishing as tournament runner-up, the 12-8 Lady Wildcats secured a berth in the state playoffs.
Rowe said that he doesn’t expect the loss to rattle the team too much.
“We’ve got a young team,” Rowe said. “It’s not the end of the world. Hopefully they’ll take something away from this and get some of that hunger back.”
Rowe said he feels the Lady Wildcats control their own destiny and will be competitive in the playoff atmosphere.
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world that we can play with anyone,” he said. “It just depends on which team shows up on game day. We’re not going to back down from anyone. We’ll get our mindset right, get motivated and see what happens.”
Benjamin Russell’s girls will face Sylacauga on the road this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the sub-regional playoff game.
The winner will earn a trip to the sub-state playoff round in Montgomery.