By Chris Yow
BRENTWOOD — A high-pressure defense from fifth-ranked Brentwood stifled a good Summit offense on Tuesday night, as the Lady Bruins advanced to the District 11-AAA Tournament finals with a 43-34 win.
Brentwood led by as many as 20 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter before the Spartan women made a late run. That 11-0 run over the final minutes was too late to complete the comeback.
Throughout the game, Brentwood pressured Summit ballhandlers, including playing tight single player defense against sharpshooter Bergen Allee. The Spartan guards could rarely find a crease or open look at the basket, and scored just five points in each of the opening periods.
“I thought we were really passive on offense. A lot of east-west driving and not enough north-south driving,” Summit coach John Wild said.
Wild said his team played timidly on offense early, and what good looks the Spartans were able to get didn’t fall. Defensively, the visitors played well, holding the Bruins to 24 first-half points, including just seven for Amelia Osgood. The Princeton signee finished with just eight points for the hosts.
Summit cut the lead to seven points with two minutes left in the first half on a Cydney Wright bucket, but the Lady Bruins finished the half on a 5-0 run, and scored the first bucket of the second half to extend the lead to 14 points before Ellie Colson scored five in a row.
A 10-point deficit was as close as Summit would get the rest of the game.
“We’ve got to do a better job moving forward trying to go to an ‘attack’ mentality. I think at times we do, but it’s not continual,” Wild said.
Not only were the Summit guards finding it hard to penetrate the Bruins’ defense, on the post, Colson and Wright had to deal with Brentwood’s all-time career leader in blocked shots, Sophie Roston.
“(Roston) is good, but our posts have to learn to land on two (feet) and shot fake and use their bodies,” Wild said. “It’s just fundamental basketball.”
Summit falls to the District 11-AAA consolation game where they will travel to Spring Hill Wednesday night, who swept the Spartans in the regular season. Both teams are assured a spot in the region tournament, which is scheduled to begin Friday.
“The good thing about Tennessee basketball is you get a second chance sometimes, and you can take a look at the film and make adjustments,” Wild added.
Brentwood girls 43, Summit 34
S 5 5 10 14 — 34
B 12 12 11 8 — 43
Summit (34) — Myah Kratzig 5, Bergen Allee 8, Claudette Runk 5, Cydney Wright 5, Ellie Colson 7, Nicole Rizane 4
Brentwood (43) — Eden Oates 2, Kate Workman 12, Kaitlyn Lorenzi 2, Sydney Ryan 4, Chloe Wampler 9, Sophie Roston 6, Amelia Osgood 8
3-pointers — Summit 4 (Allee 2, Kratzig, Runk), Brentwood 4 (Workman 2, Wampler, Osgood)
Photos by Sarah Yow / SM-Tn Sports