The Bearettes romped to a 71-31 win after a very sluggish start while the Bears shook off the holiday blues with a 65-44 victory.
Both Black-and-Gold teams will hit the road again for their next games on Jan. 14 against District 5-AAA newcomer East Hamilton.
The Bearettes (11-5, 4-1) were “as cold as the weather outside” according to head coach Jason Reuter when play opened Tuesday night.
However, finding themselves down 4-3 at the 2:40 mark of the first quarter, the heat came on like a blast furnace and the Bearettes went on a 32-point streak before the Lady Trojans would dent the scoreboard again with only 22 seconds left in the half.
Junior Chelsea Summers found herself once again in a starting role and took advantage of it by contributing eight assists to the Bearette effort.
However, the biggest surprise of the night was the outstanding play of young freshman Halle Hughes who scored 18 points to lead the Bradley victory.
The NCAA Division I signee “Twin Towers” of seniors Brooke Copeland and Rebecca Reuter also tossed in 14 markers apiece for the victors.
Copeland was also strong defensively with five steals and was helped by the strong rebounding of Reuter and another young freshman, Kailey McRee, who both grabbed eight rebounds apiece as the Bearettes won the battle of the boards 34-25.
The win marked the Bearettes’ 25th straight over the Lady Trojans dating back to February of 2000 and the 99th victory for Coach Reuter, currently in his fourth season as head coach.
“It was one of our better-shooting games of the year,” stated Coach Reuter as he watched his team knock down 22-of-27 at the free throw line.
"Halle (Hughes) hit that 3-pointer near the end of the first quarter and showed confidence on the floor. Her shot seemed to get us going," continued Reuter.
The final score was all that was left to be determined once the Bearettes got things rolling and the fourth quarter saw the running clock as the Bearettes closed out the game.
“We've got to learn to keep the hammer down when we have the chance,” concluded Coach Reuter, who saw 12 of the 13 Bearettes score. Freshman Emma Kate Brown is still suffering form a thumb injury and didn't dress but should be good to go by early next week according to the coach.
BEARS 65, TROJANS 44
The Bradley boys (9-7, 5-0) patterned their slow start after the Bearettes as well.
From a 7-7 tie they exploded for 13 points before Soddy-Daisy could answer and slowly built their lead throughout the rest of the game
“It was our most complete game of the year,” according to head coach Chuck Clark. “Anytime your assist-to-turnover ratio is 2 to 1, you know it is a total team effort.”
The Bears had a rebounding advantage of 12 over the Trojans and handled the ball extremely well all game with a total of only severn turnovers.
Bradley placed three players in double figures with junior Daniel Clark pacing the Bear attack with 14 points and a half dozen rebounds. Senior Sam Gregory and sophomore Bradley McCurdy tossed in 10 each for the Bears, who have won their last three games. Gregory cleared eight caroms and blocked a pair of shots, while McCurdy drained 3-of-4 shots from “downtown,” plus handed out four assists.
After closing out the first half with a 33-19 lead, Bradley built a 21-point lead midway through the third period.
Soddy (7-6, 0-4) never really challenged the Bears but did cut the lead to 17 (53-36) before the Bears hit the Trojans with another run to close out the final scoring. The win marked Bradley’s 12th straight over the northern Hamilton County team.
The Bears also claimed the junior varsity game, taking care of business with a 54-44 win. Four players scored in double figures with Rashad Marshall leading the way with 14 points.
Bradley Central 12 23 23 13 — 71
Soddy-Daisy 4 3 15 9 — 31
BEARETTES (71) — Halle Hughes 18, Brooke Copeland 14, Rebecca Reuter 14, Davis 8, McRee 4, Delane 3, Stallings 3, Hubbard 2, Summars 2, Brumfiel 2, Gaither 1, K. Brown.
LADY TROJANS (31) — Wade 8, King 7, Hopkins 5, Harries 3, Hale 3, Ward 3, Sims 2, Smith, Phillips, Hancock, Woodward.
3-POINTERS: Bradley 7 (Hughes 2, Davis 2, Stallings, Delane, Reuter); SD 3 (Wade 2, Ward).
RECORDS: Bradley 11-5, 4-1 District 5-AAA; Soddy-Daisy 3-11, 1-3 District 5-AAA.
Bradley Central 17 16 15 17 — 65
Soddy-Daisy 7 12 9 16 — 44
BEARS (65) — Daniel Clark 15, Bradley McCurdy 10,Sam Gregory 10, Bentley 8, Cox 7, Copeland 7, Maroon 5, Crisp 2, McGowan 1, Morgan.
TROJANS (44) — Tucker Landreth 18, Wright 9, Floyd 5, Eller 4, York 4, Amos 2, Whymer 2, Carter.
3-POINTERS: Bradley 6 (McCurdy 3, Maroon, Bentley, Cox); SD 6 (Landreth 4, Wright, Floyd).
FREE THROWS: Bradley 9-of-14; SD 2-of-2.
RECORDS: Bradley 9-7, 5-0 District 5-AAA; Soddy-Daisy 7-6, 0-4 District 5-AAA.