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Prep Girls Basketball: Black-Hawks tune up for rematch

BROOKE POINT WALLOPS GEORGE MARSHALL,

IS SET TO FACE COLONIAL FORGE

BY JIM SWING

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

The excitement in Rick Butler’s voice is palpable when discussing his team’s upcoming chance at payback against Colonial Forge.

The Brooke Point head coach watched the Black–Hawks have the ball stolen 30 times in a 31-point loss to the Eagles earlier this month.

That kind of beating will stick in any coach’s mind.

“Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?” Butler said. “They are very good.”

Thanks to a 43–21 win over George Marshall in the Apple Federal Credit Union Winter Classic, Brooke Point will get another shot at Colonial Forge.

Shannon Allison opened the game on a tear, scoring the Black–Hawks’ first six points of the game.

But where Brooke Point hurt George Marshall the most was in its full-court press.

The Statesmen struggled to move the ball upcourt, which led to multiple turnovers and points in transition for the Black–Hawks.

Valerie Poole punished George Marshall by driving in the paint, getting to the free throw line on four separate occasions, where she buried five of her seven attempts.

Poole finished with a game-high nine points for Brooke Point.

“She’s the one person the other team doesn’t want to foul,” Butler said. “And she’s the one person we’re very excited to see go to the foul line.”

The Statesmen managed to hang with the Black–Hawks for the majority of the first half, resulting in just a 23–18 deficit at the half.

Three separate Black–Hawks converted a traditional three-point play on three different occasions to help spark a 14–0 run over the second and third quarters.

George Marshall managed to score just three points in the entire second half.

The Statesmen failed to score a field goal in over 10 minutes of play that stretched from the end of the first half to the beginning of the fourth quarter.

“I think we just came out slow, we just weren’t making shots,” said Brooke Point junior Rachel Payne, who scored six of her seven points in the second half. “I think definitely in the second half we came out stronger.”

Allison finished with eight points, Paris Sowell had six and Dolores Sims and Alyssa Andreno had five apiece for the Black–Hawks.

Brooke Point was able to keep Elyse Smith—George Marshall’s deep threat who helped the Statesmen come storming back against Freedom a day earlier—in check for most of the game.

The Black–Hawks will need the same style of perimeter defense to be successful when they take on Colonial Forge’s Kenya Holland, who has hit 10 3-pointers over the past three games.

Holland made two 3-pointers and scored 12 points in Colonial Forge’s 59–28 blowout of Brooke Point back on Dec. 11.

“We have to be right,” Butler said. “And they have to probably be off a little bit.”

The Eagles (10–2, 7–0) and Black–Hawks (4–6, 2–5) will play in the tournament semifinals this afternoon.

“I think we can do it,” Payne said. “Just as long as we’re all there and we come out strong as a team.”

    GM 5 13 0 3 — 21

    Brooke Point 7 16 10 10 — 43

    Scoring

    George Marshall: Bella Borgiotti 0, Kelly Brown 2, Amanda Denny 2, Julia Gurdak 2, Brittany Hoffman 0, Rachel James 4, Megan Kenny 0, Danica Mooney-Jones 0, Bronwyn Redd 0, Elyse Smith 8, Lexi Stalcup 3. Totals: 7 5-9 21

    Brooke Point (4–6, 2–5): Shannon Allison 8, Alyssa Andreno 5, Ashlee Lowe 3, Tamera Owens 0, Rachael Payne 7, Valerie Poole 9, Dolores Sims 5, Shalah Smiling 0, Paris Sowell 6. Totals: 15 12-18 43

    Three-point goals: George Marshall 2 (E. Smith 2). Brooke Point 1 (D. Sims).

Jim Swing: 540/374-5440

sports@freelancestar.com

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