Bronaugh sweeps Sheldon on home court
The Bronaugh Wildcats rolled to a 64-31 conference victory over the visiting Sheldon Panthers, while the Lady Wildcats topped the Lady Panthers 67-39.
The Tuesday night contests improve the Wildcats to 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the Golden Valley Vernon County Conference, while the Lady Wildcats move to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the GVVC. Both Sheldon teams are 2-5 overall.
With the Lady Wildcats pushing the pace from the opening tip, Bronaugh jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead as junior point guard Taylor Stratford poured in nine of those early points.
"We were trying to pick up our transition game," Bronaugh head coach Daryl Dodson said. "We got up-and-down the floor pretty well, and I was pleased with that."
A Katey Rider offensive rebound and putback increased the Lady Wildcats lead to 14-4 midway through the first quarter. Sheldon was able to get the lead back to single digits when Alycia Baney drained two free throws.
The Lady Panthers had little room for error as they only had five available players. With this in mind, Bronaugh's pressure defense resulted in numerous fast break points. With 3:50 to play in the opening quarter, Rider came up with a steal near half-court and coasted in for the layup as the Lady Wildcats led by a dozen.
Late in the first quarter, Stratford threaded a cross-court pass to guard Heather Baker, who went up for the lay-in putting the Lady Wildcats in front 20-6. Sheldon responded with a Leah Bogart layup to cut the deficit to 20-8.
With 1:21 to play in the first, Stratford buried a jumper from just inside the 3-point line, to put the Lady Wildcats on top 22-8.
With under a minute remaining in the first, Becca Schnedler led a 2-on-1 fast break as freshman Riley Knapp's lay-in put the Lady Wildcats up 24-9.
Bronaugh's lead grew to 21 when sophomore Abby Robertson banked in a jumper from 12-feet out just before the second quarter horn sounded.
The Lady Wildcats cushioned their lead in the second half as they coasted to victory.
For Bronaugh, Stratford scored a game-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds and an assist. Center Amanda Raper added eight points, six rebounds and two assists; Rider eight points and five rebounds; Baker seven points and Bonnie Moore, five. For Sheldon, senior forward Logan Lamb finished with a team-high nine points, while collecting eight rebounds; Baney eight points and a rebound and Lindsey Turner four rebounds and two assists.
Bronaugh opened the game aggressive on offense, as guard Gabe McIntire drove the lane early and often, dishing to center Cole Diggins under the basket for lay-ins. Diggins scored the Wildcats first six points.
A Zavery Lammb trey from the right-baseline cut the Wildcats lead to 6-5. Later in the first Diggins added to his point total with another layup off the right block, as Bronaugh led 12-7.
Bronaugh was able to capitalize on its size advantage, as athletic forwards Tyler Strunk and Justin Hudson wreaked havoc on the Panthers defense, slashing to the basket while also coming up with numerous offensive rebounds for second-chance points.
A 3-pointer just before the first quarter buzzer courtesy of junior Kaleb Martin, sliced the Wildcats lead to 20-16.
Bronaugh however, clamp down defensively in the second quarter, outscoring Sheldon 12-2 to take a 32-18 halftime lead.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 24 after three quarters of play as they cruised to victory. Strunk had a big night, with 16 points to go along with 15 rebounds and five assists, while Hudson finished with a game-high 18 points while grabbing five rebounds. McIntire finished in double-figures with 10 points. For Sheldon, Martin finished with five points.
"It was pretty much what I expected," Bronaugh head coach Mark Scarbrough said. "And I think it was pretty much what coach Judd expected ---- he's rebuilding, he's down and he knows it. And we didn't lose anybody (from last year's team). I feel like Sheldon played pretty well for rebuilding.
"We kept our turnovers down. I told them before the game, nine or fewer. And we had eight I believe."