BHS Beats Lee

Gobblers Sharp Early In 66-32 Win

Posted: January 19, 2013

Special Correspondent

Broadway’s Brianna Zook (left) and R.E. Lee’s Jesse Bartley battle for a rebound in the Gobblers’ 66-32 win Friday night at BHS. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
Broadway’s Heather Cantrell drives against R.E. Lee’s Lindsey Cox during the Gobblers’ win Friday at BHS.
BROADWAY — Heading into its game against R.E. Lee on Friday, Broadway High School’s girls’ basketball team might have been excused for some rust while playing for the first time in seven days.

The Gobblers, however, needed no adjustment period in picking up from last Friday’s 22-point win over Turner Ashby with a 66-32 defeat of the Lee Ladies.

Senior Heather Cantrell knocked down two free throws before the opening tip — a technical was assessed to Lee for a lineup infraction by not reporting all players when the team submitted its roster to the official scorer—and Broadway (12-2 overall, 6-1 in the Valley District) scored the game’s first nine points. That included five before Lee (3-12, 0-7) even touched the ball, after a Madyson Alger three-pointer on the Gobblers’ first possession.

“I was really pleased with our energy, because we’ve been off a lot recently,” said Broadway coach Bobby Mongold, who said he wasn’t sure what he was going to see from his team after the extended layoff. “I thought we came out and did a solid job at both ends of the floor.”

Similar to a 33-point win at Lee in December, the Gobblers jumped out to an 18-point lead at the half thanks to an efficient high-low post offense and a defense that surrendered few, if any, wide-open looks.
“We’ve been working a lot on ball reversal in practice, and we’ve finally got it to where we’re moving it to two and three sides of the court, so it’s tougher on defenses,” Cantrell said.

Broadway carried a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter, allowing its bench to get solid minutes.

“It definitely helps our team as a whole to get everyone comfortable, so if we go further into district [play], and then hopefully into regionals and states, each player has contributed,” Cantrell said.

Cantrell and fellow forward Brianna Zook combined for 31 points, consistently finding open looks from close range after a post-pass from guards.

“That’s our strength, our inside play, and I thought our ball movement was good to get us some good looks,” Mongold said. “We need to continue to work on that so teams can’t isolate on one player and we get the offensive flowing so we can create some defensive breakdowns.”

Mongold admitted to getting into a “subbing rut” over the last couple weeks, but that trend was reversed on Friday.

“We usually go pretty deep on our bench anyways, but it was good to get some different combinations in there that we don’t normally play,” Mongold said.

Katelyn Corbett led Lee with 10 points. The Lee Ladies struggled offensively, turning the ball over 26 times and managed just three points in the fourth quarter.

Johnson 1 3-5 5, Cox 1 0-0 3, Bartley 2 0-0 4, Corbett 4 1-1 10, Lockridge 2 0-0 4, Armstrong 2 0-0 4, Bryant 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 4-6 32.

Alger 3 0-0 9, Cantrell 4 8-8 16, Bland 1 0-0 2, Roadcap 2 1-1 5, Zook 5 5-6 15, Bergan 0 1-4 1, Earhart 0 2-2 2, Morgan 0 1-2 1, Delawder 5 0-0 10, MacDonald 2 0-0 5. Totals 22 18-23 66.

R.E. Lee               12       4   13      3 — 32
Broadway           20     14   15    17 — 66

3-Point Goals—Lee 2 (Corbett, Cox), Broadway 4 (Alger 3, MacDonald). Total Fouls—Lee 17, Broadway 11. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds—Lee 15 (Bartley 4), Broadway 28 (Roadcap 6).
JV score: Broadway won 45-30.

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