Lady Braves finish third at Eastern Greene tournament

Brownstown falls to Bloomington North, defeats host team

BLOOMFIELD — Whenever the Brownstown Central Lady Braves made a move on Bloomington North, the Cougars responded.

After a close game throughout the first half on Wednesday, the Cougars made a push in the third quarter and outscored the Braves 21-17 in the fourth to take the 54-42 win and advance to the championship game of the Eastern Greene Toby Yoho Classic.

There, the Cougars improved to 13-1 after a 63-39 victory over Forest Park.

The Braves rounded out the tournament in third place out of 12 teams with a 68-40 win over the host school.

Bloomington North 54, Brownstown Central 42

Despite a shaky start by both teams, including five first-quarter turnovers by Brownstown, the Braves led 9-8 after one.

In the second quarter, each team created turnovers for the other, combining for 10. The Braves held a three-point lead on 2-point baskets by Jamie Wehmiller and Katelyn Shoemaker and a 3-pointer by Hailey Brown, but the Cougars regained the lead on Maureen Hirt’s field goal at 1:29.

Shoemaker scored in transition, but the Braves picked up their seventh team foul at 28 seconds, sending Hirt to the line. She connected on both, and the Cougars took a 21-20 lead into the locker room.

“I thought we were doing a nice job defensively, what we needed to do,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “We did let the press affect us a time or two there, but we just needed to be patient and stay out of the corners and look for the open person. Overall, considering it was the third game in two days, I thought we came out pretty well.”

In the third quarter, the Braves had five more turnovers and were limited to 1-for-12 shooting from the floor. Digging from behind, they began to foul, collecting seven in the quarter.

Bloomington scored nine straight points, including a three-point play by Kaity Hoy at 4:37 for a 30-23 lead, and the Cougars had the 33-25 advantage at the end of three.

Brownstown had a run of its own in the fourth quarter, scoring seven consecutive points, capped off with Brown’s trey at 5:05 making it a 36-32 ballgame.

It didn’t take long, however, for the Cougars to go on another 7-0 run for an 11-point lead.

“I thought that on offense, we weren’t quite as patient as what we needed to be,” Rieckers said. “Once we broke the press, when you get behind, you kind of get in that hurry mode and we take one pass and a shot at the time when we didn’t need to, when we still had the time that we could have worked our offense and maybe got a little better look.”

Hoy earned game honors with 16 points, while Pendah Jallow scored 15 and Hirt 11.

For the Braves, Shoemaker led with 10 and Sammie Bane had nine.

“We missed some opportunities, some shots that we should have finished on the inside, and we made some mental errors on some unforced turnovers that were costly at crucial points in the game,” Rieckers said. “But overall, I couldn’t be more proud of their effort. I didn’t think our girls ever quit, I thought we played hard, I thought we kept battling to the end, but we just didn’t have enough.”

Brownstown Central 68, Eastern Greene 40

The third-place game allowed the Braves to do what they do best.

From Wehmiller and Bane driving hard to the basket to everyone pulling down rebounds, Brownstown rolled to a 68-40 win over Eastern Greene.

The Braves scored the first 10 points of the game and held a 31-17 lead at halftime.

Bane had 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half and Wehmiller had seven of her 17 points.

Shoemaker also reached double digits for the Braves, shooting 5-for-5 from the field in the second half and finishing the game with 16 points.

The Braves built up a 53-27 lead going into the fourth quarter after Bane’s steal at 29 seconds.

Brownstown’s largest lead was 31 Bane’s bucket at 5:47 of the fourth. The Braves shot 17-for-27 from the field in the second half, compared to the Thunderbirds’ 7-for-24.

Shoemaker and Wehmiller were named to the all-tournament team.

“It’s a great honor for Katelyn and Jamie and certainly well-deserved, but at the same time, we also have so many other players that do lots of things for us as well,” Rieckers said. “If you look at what Sammie Bane did defensively, she gets the hardest assignment (point guard) every game and she does a nice job.”

Brittany Igel led the Thunderbirds with 15 points.

Rieckers said playing in the holiday tournament will benefit her team as it enters the second half of the season. The Braves (10-3) now will turn their efforts toward their next game, on Jan. 7 with South Decatur.

“I really feel like, over the last two days, our team has improved, especially defensively,” she said. “In the first half of the season, I didn’t think our defense was as sharp as it should be, but over the last two days, I’ve been pleased with how we’ve responded defensively, and we just need to keep building on that.”


Eastern Greene Toby Yoho Classic at Bloomfield
Championship bracket
First game

Brownstown           9 11  5  17—42
Bloomington North 8 13 12 21—54

Brownstown Central: Maria Allen 1-5 0-0 2, Jamie Wehmiller 2-8 0-0 4, Hailey Brown 2-6 0-0 6, Sammie Bane 3-9 0-2 9, Katelyn Shoemaker 5-9 0-0 10, Kaylee Bennett 1-9 4-6 6, Jenna Hackman 1-1 0-0 3, Taylor Fleetwood 1-5 0-0 2, totals 16-52 4-8 42
Bloomington North (13-1): Grace Luce 0-0 0-0 0, Erin Kinzer 2-5 0-0 4, Kaity Hoy 7-11 1-2 16, Hannah Lukemeyer 1-3 1-2 3, Maureen Hirt 3-5 4-4 11, Elizabeth DeMoss 0-0 0-0 0, Pendah Jallow 6-17 3-8 15, Shaw-Nee Winningham 2-8 1-3 5, totals 21-49 10-19 54
3-point goals: Brownstown Central (Bane 3, Brown 2, Hackman), Bloomington North (Hoy, Hirt)
Rebounds: Brownstown Central 21 (Bennett 5, Shoemaker 4, Wehmiller 4), Bloomington North 23 (Winningham 6, Hoy 5)
Turnovers: Brownstown Central 18, Bloomington North 18
Fouls: Brownstown Central 19 (fouled out: Wehmiller), Bloomington North 12
Third-place game
Brownstown     15 16 22 15—68
Eastern Greene 7   10 10 13—40

Brownstown Central (10-3): Allen 2-3 1-1 5, Wehmiller 7-12 3-4 17, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Bane 8-12 0-0 18, Shoemaker 8-11 0-2 16, Bennett 2-6 1-4 5, Hackman 2-6 0-1 4, Fleetwood 0-0 0-0 0, Kaley Wilkerson 0-1 1-2 1, Kristen Mellencamp 0-1 0-0 0, Mallory Cockerham 0-0 0-0 0, totals 30-54 6-14 68
Eastern Greene (5-9): Brittany Igel 6-11 3-7 15, Mikaela New 0-1 0-0 0, Kayla Milnes 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Spice 1-3 1-2 3, Cora Sherfield 1-4 1-2 3, Keirsten Southern 1-2 0-0 2, Alexis Ray 0-10 3-6 3, Kelsey Wagner 2-4 0-0 5, Sam Reed 1-7 2-3 4, Holly Hammock 2-6 0-0 5, totals 14-49 10-20 40
3-point goals: Brownstown Central (Bane 2), Eastern Greene (Hammock, Wagner)
Rebounds: Brownstown Central 30 (Wehmiller 8, Shoemaker 5, Bennett 5), Eastern Greene 14 (Reed 5, Igel 3)
Turnovers: Brownstown Central 15, Eastern Greene 18
Fouls: Brownstown Central 17, Eastern Greene 12