Sub-par shooting caught up with Bradley Central’s Bearettes on Saturday in Crossville.
The Bearettes shot 30.6 percent while Stone Memorial fired away at a nearly 50 percent clip and the Lady Panthers posted a 54-44 victory to snap Bradley’s seven-game winning streak.
In a game pitting state-ranked teams, the Lady Panthers (17-6) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never trailed the visiting Bearettes (19-3).
The 44 points were the fourth-lowest offensive output of the season for Bradley. The Bearettes were held to 35 points by Westlake (Georgia) for their season low. Bradley scored 40 points against Beaverton, Oregon, and 42 against Highlands Ranch (Colorado) – all three games coming in December tournaments.
Bradley, which trailed, 30-19, at halftime, rallied after the intermission and trimmed the Lady Panthers’ lead to 40-38 on Kaleigh Hughes’ 3-pointer with 63 seconds in the third period.
Stone Memorial, however, pushed the lead back to 10 points on Emily Boyd’s 3 with 2:32 remaining in the game. Bradley’s Anna Walker knocked down a 3 with 1:20 left, cutting the deficit to six points, but that was as close as the Bearettes could come to the Lady Panthers.
Tessa Miller scored half of Stone Memorial’s 14 fourth-quarter points to help hold Bradley at bay. Miller finished with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. She also had a game-high 11 rebounds and three of the Lady Panthers’ seven blocked shots. The Bearettes managed just six fourth-quarter points.
Boyd scored 12 points and Alex Eldridge had 11 points for the Lady Panthers, who hit 18-of-37 shots for 48.6 percent. Bradley went 15 for 49 from the field and once again struggled from 3-point distance (6 of 24 for 25 percent).
Jamaryn Blair and Alexis Barnes each scored 12 points for the Bearettes. Blair also had three assists, three steals and five of the team’s 11 turnovers.
Stone Memorial, which outscored Bradley 26-18 in the paint, normally a Bearette stronghold, won the rebounding battle, 31-26, thanks in large part to Miller. She had nine offensive rebounds. The Lady Panthers had a 16-7 edge in points off turnovers.
Stone Memorial’s largest lead was 30-15 in the second quarter.
The Bearettes defeated Stone Memorial, 65-55, in Cleveland on Nov. 27.
Bradley Central’s boys (13-6) ran their winning streak to five games with a 53-49 win over the Panthers (13-5).
The Bearettes and Bears return to action Tuesday, hosting East Hamilton in District 5-3A action.
Bradley Central 7 12 19 6 – 44
Stone Memorial 12 18 10 14 – 54
Bradley Central (44) – Hughes 6, Roberts 5, Jamaryn Blair 12, Walker 7, Lombard 2, Reuter, Williams, Mayo, Alexis Barnes 12.
Stone Memorial (54) – Alex Eldridge 11, Buck 4, Tessa Miller 16, Capps 9, Emily Boyd 12, Freitag 2, Roark, Adkisson.
3-Point Goals – Bradley Central 6 (Hughes 2, Blair 2, Roberts 1, Walker 1), Stone Memorial 5 (Eldridge 2, Boyd 2, Capps 1).
(Contact Larry Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @larryfleming44)