The Black-and-Gold sizzled the Jim Smiddy Arena nylon for 144 points, while the tenacious defense allowed just 21 points in each of the two varsity games.
The Bearettes (5-0, 2-0 District 5-AAA) remained unbeaten on the season with a 63-21 win in the varsity opener.
If the “mercy rule” would allow, the Bears (2-2, 1-1) could have had a running clock before the midway point of the second quarter on their way to an 81-21 blowout.
“Nobody wants to beat anybody by 60 points,” expressed veteran head coach Kent Smith.”We weren’t trying to pour it on. We started out hot, took the press off early and got everybody plenty of playing time. They (Soddy) didn’t shoot well and we did.”
“After the way we lost last Friday (by two points to archrival Cleveland), we challenged our guys to respond and they did,” he added. “We shared the ball well and especially during the first quarter we were making the extra pass.”
Bradley will be back in action Friday evening with a long road trip to Middle Tennessee to face region foe White County. With Sparta being in the Central Time Zone, the girls will tip off at 7, while the boys will play at 8:30.
Junior Logan Cox got the Bears off to a quick start Tuesday evening, draining his first five shots from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers for the opening nine points, plus added one more bomb to close out the initial frame.
“We had talked about getting Logan more involved offensively. We were able to get him the ball and he put it in,” coach Smith related. “He’s a good spot-up shooter. We hadn’t been looking for him enough in our first three games.”
Copping nine steals and forcing a dozen Trojan turnovers, Bradley didn’t allow the visitors a made field goal for the first seven minutes of the contest.
After leading 27-4 at the first break, a 13-0 Bear run early in the second period would have forced a running clock with 4:09 to go in the first half, if the rule would allowed. The running clock rule does not take effect until the second half.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-1) were able to trim the deficit under the magic number (35) by outscoring the host 9-7 in the final four minutes of the half.
Leading by 33 at the intermission, the Bears set the “running clock” in motion with their second basket of the third quarter, a 3-pointer by senior Bryce Copeland, which kicked off a 17-2 run.
Despite the Bear bench being emptied midway through the frame, Soddy-Daisy managed a lone basket at the third-quarter buzzer before being held scoreless for the final eight minutes.
All but one of Bradley’s dozen varsity players found the bottom of the net, with three reaching double figures.
Senior Matt Whitmire hit 8-of-11 shots from the field on his way to a team-high 17 points, plus he pulled down five rebounds.
Cox hit 4-of-6 treys as he pumped in 16 points, plus he also snagged five caroms, copped a trio of steals and dished off a pair of assists.
Copeland was 4-of-7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 13 points, a half dozen boards, four helps and four thefts.
Junior Taylor Bentley was perfect on four free throws as he posted nine points and a team-high eight assists, four steals and four rebounds.
The Bears had 21 assists on 28 made field goals, shooting a remarkable 69 percent (18-for-26) from in front of the arc and 53 percent (10-of-19) behind it.
Soddy made just 19 percent (7-of-37) of its shots, including only 1-of-19 3-point attempts.
Lady Trojans 21
Setting the tone from the beginning, coach Jason Reuter’s Bradley girls scored 12 of the game’s first 13 points, not allowing the visitors a field goal attempt for the first five minutes.
Leading 17-3 at the first break, the Bearettes continued to dominate with an 11-2 run to open the second frame, limiting Soddy to just two field goal attempts in 4 1/2 minute span.
With a 38-6 halftime lead, it only took Bradley a couple of minutes into the third period to get the “running clock” rolling.
Another six-minute scoreless streak by the Lady Trojans (3-2, 0-1), saw the lead explode to 45 points at its peak with the opening basket of the final frame.
A trio of Bearettes netted double digits with senior Kayla Withrow leading the way with a dozen points, plus she copped nine steals and pulled down four rebounds.
Junior point guard Whitney Donaldson had another strong showing with 11 points, four steals and three assists.
After being honored before the game for having reached the 1,000-point plateau, junior Brooke Copeland added 10 more to her career total, including going 6-for-6 at the charity stripe. She also pulled down seven caroms.
Junior Rebecca Reuter helped out with eight points and seven boards, plus she blocked a pair of shots.
Coming off the bench, Baylee Carroll grabbed four boards and netted five points, while freshman Taelor Hill also put five points on the scoreboard.
Senior transfer Maggie Thompson got in her first game as a Bearette, draining a 3-pointer on her way to five points as well.
“It’s hard to complain about a performance like that, but we did have too many turnovers (21), and our shooting percentage (38 percent) wasn’t where it should be,” assessed coach Reuter.
“Our defense was outstanding. Our press gave them trouble early on,” he praised. “We had them outmanned as they had three players injured, including two starters.”
The victory was the 23rd straight for the Bearettes over Soddy, dating back to 1992.
While the Bear B-team netted a 60-32 victory over the visitors, the Bearette junior varsity squad started the day with a 50-15 shellacking.
Taelor Hill led the girls’ victory with a dozen points, while Julia Gaither helped out with 10. Lydia Pippenger and Katie Brown netted nine points apiece.
The Bearettes also recorded a 44-31 victory over rival Cleveland High on Saturday, with Hill pumping in 20 points, while Gaither collected a dozen.
Soddy-Daisy 3 5 4 9 — 21
Bradley Central 17 19 19 8 — 63
LADY TROJANS (21) — Orr 6, Smith 6, Harris 4, Ward 2, Wade 2, Hopkins 1, Hancock, Phillips, Woodward, Landreth.
BEARETTES (63) — Kayla Withrow 12, Whitney Donaldson 11, Brooke Copeland 10, Reuter 8, Thompson 5, Carroll 5, Hill 5, Davis 3, Whitted 2, Pippenger 2, Stallings, Delane.
3-POINTERS: Soddy-Daisy 1 (Smith); Bradley 3 (Donaldson, Thompson, Davis).
FREE THROWS: Soddy-Daisy 6-of-13; Bradley 13-of-21.
RECORDS: Soddy-Daisy 3-2, 0-1 District 5-AAA; Bradley 5-0, 2-0 District 5-AAA.
Soddy-Daisy 4 11 6 0 — 21
Bradley Central 27 21 18 15 — 81
TROJANS (21) — Landreth 7, Amos 4, Wright 4, Carter 2, York 2, Shell 2, Jeffries, Kearney, Floyd, Gilbert, Shaunessey, Millsaps.
BEARS (81) — Matt Whitmire 17, Logan Cox 16, Bryce Copeland 13, Bentley 9, Clark 8, McCurdy 5, Cain 4, McGowan 3, Crisp 2, Maroon 2, Morgan 2, Terrell.
3-point goals: Soddy-Daisy 1 (Landreth); Bradley Central 10 (Cox 4, Copeland 2, Clark 2, Bentley, McCurdy).
Free throws: Soddy-Daisy 6-of-8; Bradley Central 15- of-24.
Records: Soddy-Daisy 3-2, 0-1 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 2-2, 1-1.