Lady Bulldogs Futscherized 60-54
January 15, 2013By Melvin Webster of Bishop Brossart High School
It's always nice to “Go home to your Alma Mater” and see your team play in Northern Kentucky's best basketball gym, the David M. Evans Fieldhouse. Kudos to the Administration for the new floor and graphics that lighten the 45 year old facility. You can almost hear “Big Daddy” Ellis barking, Reynolds Flynn screaming “Run the offense,” and see Denny Soard pacing the sidelines. Even the announcer was Hall of Famer and former "Voice of Northern Ky. Sports" Dale McMillen. It's almost a Hall of Fame in itself. On Tuesday evening Sarah Futscher and Company held on to beat a solid Holmes Lady Bulldog team 60-54. The Lady 'Stangs are now 16-3.
When the old Famous Recipe Classic was being played the team that won on Saturday always considered the following Tuesday the most dangerous night of the season. Eight of ten years the team that won lost the following Tuesday so it was impressive the Lady 'Stangs kept their focus and took care of business following their big All "A" Classic Title on Saturday.
It was certainly a nice evening for one of the best players in Northern Kentucky, the 10th Region and perhaps the state. Junior center Sarah Futscher (pictured) put on a clinic of how to play the game scoring a career high 27 points. She connected on 10 of 14 shots from the floor including a perfect 2 of 2 on three point attempts and tossed in 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. She also found time to lead the Lady 'Stangs in rebounding with 7.
"Sarah is starting to mature as a player who can play out on the floor and also with her back to the basket," exclaimed Feldmann. "We certainly hope to see Sarah continue to develop and play on the next level."
Holmes had two outstanding performances as well getting 24 from sophomore Deja Turner and 18 from senior Tamra Holder. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded their counterparts 28-24. Both teams shot well from the floor with Brossart winning that battle 50% to 46%. Holmes, while 8-10 has scored some nice wins this season including wins over Campbell County 76-73 and Holy Cross 66-55 on January 5.
Brossart jumped out to an early 15-8 lead and increased that to 27-15 at the half. The second half would see a Holmes comeback that got the lady Bulldogs within 6 points twice in the closing two minutes but some clutch free throws helped seal the deal for Brossart. Junior Abby Stadtmiller also had 10 and junior Kayla Young 7 for Coach Josh Feldmann's club. The Lady 'Stangs played without three key players juniors Morgan Verst (injury), Madison Eisenman (illness) and junior Cori Ziegler became ill during the game and left after the first quarter.
It was the eighth straight win for Brossart after an opening loss in the STAXX bar-BQ Capital City Showdown to Number 2 Ranked Anderson County 38-45, they beat 5th Ranked Manual 53-46, Richmond Indiana 50-30 and 8th Region Runnerup Owen County 50-45. The Lady 'Stangs then captured the Crosstown Shootout with Campbell County 55-40 setting the stage for last week's Touchstone Energy 10th Region All “A” Tournament where they beat Calvary Christian 46-10, Nicholas County 55-32 and Bracken County 45-41 to successfully defend their title and head to state next week.
They will try to make it 17-3 entering the state event Friday when they host Holy Cross (13-3) at Seither Center in a tripleheader. Between games the Lady 'Stangs will honor members of the first ever Brossart team from 1976.
In the junior varsity game Holmes rallied from an eight point deficit in the closing minutes, but the Mustangs held on for a 40-39 win led by freshman Emily Schultz' 15 points and 9 rebounds.