— BY TONY EIERDAM
Lone Star News Group
MILLSAP – Brock shooters Trisha Jacobs and Rachel Harrell combined for 28 points to lead the state-ranked No. 1 Lady Eagles to a convincing 57-28 victory over the Millsap Lady Bulldogs here Friday night in the girls’ District 9-2A basketball opener.
Millsap head coach Ron Berry said he saw some positives from his team defensively, but added that Brock’s defense took his team out of most of what the Lady Bulldogs wanted to do on offense.
“We had some positives defensively,” Berry said. “One of the things that we wanted to do was stop their post (Lexie Ducat), and she only had four points.
“We did a good job there, but in the second half Brock started hitting their outside shots. It was just one of those deals here you had to pick your poison.
“I told our kids that giving up 57 points to Brock is not really bad. We just have to get better at executing offensively, and we have to rebound better.”
Millsap was led offensively by guard Sydney Herbel, who finished with a game-high 17 points.
“We have three players we depend on offensively – Jolee Carswell, Hannah Hobson and Sydney,” Berry said. “Sydney did a good job, and Jolee was a little nervous early on because she plays with the Brock girls in summer leagues, but she settled down and started hitting some shots in the second half.”
Millsap jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Herbel drove the lane twice and drew fouls, converting on three of four charity shots.
But with Millsap turning its attention defensively to Ducet, Brock guard Bailey Ivey was left free on the perimeter. Ivey scored nine consecutive points – including a pair of three-pointers and converting a three-point play – to give the Lady Eagles a 13-5 lead.
Brock closed the first-quarter scoring when Jacobs stole the ball and scored on a layup as the Lady Eagles led 15-5.
With Brock poised for an early blowout, Herbel took matters into her own hands. The MHS guard drained a jumper from the left baseline, and after a Brock turnover, Herbel scored on a driving layup and was fouled. She canned the free throw to cut the Lady Eagles’ lead to 17-10.
However, those were the only points the Lady Bulldogs scored in the period.
Brock, controlling the clock and the pace of the game, closed the first half on a 7-0 run. The Lady Eagles were paced in the run by five points from Harrell, including a trey, as Brock led 24-10 at the half.
The Lady Eagles put the game away with an 18-3 run in the third quarter. Harrell went off with 10 points in the period, including a pair of three-pointers, to give Brock a commanding 42-13 lead as the game moved to the fourth quarter.
Millsap matched Brock with 15 points in the final stanza as Herbel and Carswell each scored six points.
But Brock went to its patented, patient offense in the fourth quarter that bled the clock and kept the ball away from the Lady Bulldogs as the Lady Eagles cruised to a 29-point victory.
With three sophomore starters, Berry said it will take time for his team to gain confidence it can beat a team like the five-time defending Class 2A state champions. But he added that losing to Brock does not end the season.
“I think the biggest hurdle we need to overcome is the name ‘Brock,’” Berry said.”We aren’t just playing Brock. We need to set other goals other than Brock like making the playoffs and winning playoff games.
“This game does not take away from any of our goals. I don’t want them to be so dejected that they can’t play. We will learn from this – they did a couple of things to us that we weren’t ready for and that we will need to work on – and we need to take the positives and grow from that.”
Brock 57 Millsap 28
Brock 15 9 18 15 — 57
Millsap 5 5 3 15 — 28
Brock - Rachel Harrell 15, Trisha Jacobs 13, Bailey Ivey 9, Cydnie Bynum 6, Madi Mayfield 4, Taylor Fulmer 4, Lexie Ducat 4, Allie Popeck 2;
Millsap - Sydney Herbel 17, Jolee Carswell 6, Courtney Coker 3, Hannah Hobson 2.