Defense keeps Brodhead girls perfect
WHITEWATER Brodhead High girls basketball coach Brad Pickett did a little prognosticating before his team's Rock Valley Conference crossover game at Whitewater.
Pickett told his team that if they held Whippet leading scorer Brooke Trewyn to 15 points or less, he'd guarantee a Brodhead victory.
Sure enough, the third-ranked Cardinals (13-0 overall, 9-0 in the Rock Valley) used a stifling half-court defense to hold Trewyn to just 14 points, seven under her average. That was a major factor in an impressive 48-32 victory over eighth-ranked Whitewater (12-2, 7-2) here Thursday evening.
"The one thing we wanted to do was make Trewyn work for everything she got," Pickett said. "Whitewater is a good team, but if you can take her (Trewyn) away, they struggle a little bit with scoring and to hold them to 32 points is a pretty good job defensively."
The defensive effort certainly impressed Whitewater head coach Judy Harms.
"We had an off night shooting, but I think that's a tribute to Brodhead's defense," said Harms, whose team was facing its third undefeated team in nine days. "That's the best defense that we've played against all year."
The Whippets, however, found some early success against the Brodhead defense. After the Cardinals scored the first two points of the game, Trewyn ignited a quick 8-0 response with a pair of baskets.
Brodhead then chiseled away at the lead and drew within 10-9 on Kylie Moe's three-point play with six seconds to play in the first.
Brodhead then tightened up the defense in the second quarter, and held the Whippets to just five points. The Cardinals also tacked on an 8-0 run, including Rachel Heller's three-point play with five seconds left to close out the half with an 18-15 lead.
Brodhead continued to stifle the Whippets in the second half. The Cardinals held Trewyn without a point from the midway point of the second quarter until the 6:30 mark of the fourth en route to a 28-19 lead.
Trewyn finally found her game in the fourth quarter with a backdoor layup to cut the lead to 32-24. Schumacher then followed with a layup to cut the deficit to six with 5:52 remaining.
But that was as close as Whitewater would get.
Carly Mohns and Moe answered with consecutive layups to rebuild the lead to 36-27. The Cardinals never looked back from there and eventually grew the margin to 16 by the final buzzer.
Mohns led four Cardinals in double figures with 16 points to pave the way to victory.
"We pride ourselves on defense and it really showed tonight. We did a really good job," Pickett said.
BRODHEAD 48, WHITEWATER 32
Brodhead (48)—Heller, 3-4-10; Douglas, 4-2-10; Mohns, 6-4-16; Moe, 3-5-11; Halvorsen, 0-1-1. Total: 16-16-48.
Whitewater (32)—Reynolds, 2-0-4; Dolan, 1-3-5; Trewyn, 5-3-14; Schumacher, 4-1-9. Totals: 12-7-32.
Brodhead 9 9 10 20-48
Whitewater 10 5 4 13-32
Three point goals: Whitewater 1 (Trewyn). Free throws missed—Brodhead 12, Whitewater 4.
Total fouls—Brodhead 15, Whitewater 24. Fouled out—Heller, Trewyn.
Junior varsity—Whitewater 51, Brodhead 40
Last updated: 8:01 am Monday, April 29, 2013