Lady 'Stang Blitz Murray 61-49
January 23, 2013By Melvin Webster of Bishop Brossart High School
The Lady 'Stangs of Bishop Brossart started their 2013 Title Run in the Touchstone All "A" State Classic in Frankfort, Ky. Wednesday like a team that could go all the way. The were torrid in the first quarter outracing the Lady Tigers 18-5 with a combination of inside and outside firepower. They continued the attack thru halftime when they held a solid 33-20 lead. However Murray was not going to go quietly.
"We thought if we could get ahead we had a chance to sustain the momentum," commented Murray Coach Rechelle Turner "But Bishop Brossart is a good team and well coached they did a great job." Brossart is now 17-4 while Murray falls to 17-4.
"We may have bended a bit , but I was proud of them they held on," smiled a happy Coach Josh Feldmann who guided his team to the semifinals last year. Murray entered the game, ratings wise as a favorite and ranked as the second best Class A team in the tournament. Brossart was ranked 6th.
Both teams made some nice game adjustments. Murray moved the zone out a bit in the second half to take away Brossart's hot outside shooting to help cut the lead to just two points but Brossart also adjusted and the game was never tied and the Lady 'Stangs never lost the lead. They broke open the two point lead down the stretch outscoring their counterparts 21-13 for the 61-49 win.
Brossart held a huge lead in points off the bench (20-2) and led most other categories including rebounding (38-25), free throw points (13 to 8), and three point points (18-15). That countered the sharp shooting of senior guard Janssen Spraks who scored a game high 25 points but was held to just 8 of 24 from the floor and 2 of 9 from 3-bomb range. She was a perfect 7 of 7 from the line. Brossart outshot Murray 44.7% to 35.3% from the floor, 50% to 27.8% from three point, and 76.5% to 66.7% from the line. Junior Julie Thiede had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady 'Stangs were led by junior guard Abby Stadtmiller with 13 points including 6 for 10 from the floor and 4 assists. Junior center Sarah Futscher drilled in 10 points and had a big 13 rebounds. Junior Cori Ziegler had perhaps her best shooting game of the year hitting 4 of 5 from the floor, and 2 of 3 from three point to also add 10 points. Morgan Verst and Madison Eisenman returned from injuries to contribute. Verst hit some clutch free throws down the stretch going six for six and ending up with 8 points. The rest of the BBHS scoring had Hartig with 5, Eisenman 2, Young 7 and Greis 6.
Brossart will take off Thursday for school and then return to prep for hometwon favorite Frankfort who beat overmanned West Carter. The game will be Friday AM at 8:30 AM so bring the coffee and donuts.
The Bishop Brossart boys gear up for a state rematch with Collegiate Thursday at 1 PM. Collegiate upset the Mustangs 57-52 in overtime last year. Hopefully this year will be a different story.