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Lady 'Stangs Defend 10th Region All "A" Title

January 13, 2013
By Melvin Webster of Bishop Brossart High School

      Uncle Bill used to call games like this “Frog Stranglers” back in the day. One thing is certain...when the Lady Polar Bears of Bracken County and the Lady 'Stangs of Bishop Brossart meet on the hardwood it will be a close hard fought game. When the final buzzer sounded Bishop Brossart had successfully defended their 10th Region Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic Championship defeating Bracken County 45-41.

Bishop Brossart, who finished third in the All “A” State last season, will play Wednesday January 23 at 10:00 AM versus the Region 1 Winner In Frankfort. Murray is the favorite there. It is a rare seeded All “A” Tourney.

Tonight's “Titanic Struggle” as our ole Buddy Marty Brennaman might say saw the first quarter end in a 13-13 tie. The Polar Bear defense was giving Brossart some opportunities but they were not connecting on the outside shots. They hit only 30% from the floor in the first half and 22.2% from three point land. The Polar Bears battled to an 11-8 second quarter advantage to take a 24-21 lead at intermission over the defending champions.

This game would see 5 lead changes and the game tied 8 times. Then suddenly in the second half the Lady 'Stangs seemingly started to pull away a bit taking their largest lead twice at 11 points at 37-26 and 39-28 but Bracken County and Coach Patrick Kelsch kept fighting back and got to within 4 points twice. A 13-2 third quarter gave them a big boost.

We just talked at the half about getting back to basics and being us,” said a drained Head Coach Josh Feldman who saw his team improved to 15-3 on the season. “We played well but just couldn't hit some shots and missed a lot of free throws.” The Lady 'Stangs ended up 12 of 28 from the charity stripe and missed several at the end where they could have put the game out of reach. Bracken County fell to 13-3 with the loss. The Lady Polar Bears managed just 7 of 21 from the line. Had either team took advantage of the 49 total free throws shot it could have been a different game.

Brossart led in most categories outrebounding the Lady Polar Bears (41-30), and holding advantages in free throw points (12-7), Pts off turnovers (10-8), three point points (15-6), second chance points (7-6), defensive stops (42-37), assists (8-4) and points off the bench (11-2). The one category that was very uncharacteristic for them was having m,ore turnovers than their opponent tonight (17 to just 15 for Bracken Co.).

Madison Eisenman joined Abby Stadtmiller and Sarah Futscher on the All-Tournament Team. Maddi Kues received the Academic Award. Futscher led Brossart with 13 while Eisenman added 11. Rachel Hartig had 8, Maria Greis 7 and Stadtmiller 6.

Junior guard Jordan Wills had 19 for Bracken while freshman guard Baily Cummins tallied 12.

Next up for Bishop Brossart a Friday night home game with Covington Holy Cross and DeAsia Beal while Bracken Co. hosts George Rogers Clark next Saturday.

Congratulations to both teams on a great hard fought battle.

Game replay is available at www.bmustangs.com

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