Rachel Harrell’s timely threes were responsible for a couple of the comebacks to tighten the match. Harrell led the scoring with 15 points. Rachel Williams added 10 points.
In Friday’s semifinal, respective strategies surfaced early. Brock’s game plan prevailed in spades, with the Lady Eagles roughing up Franklin with a 78-38 final count.
The Lady Lions poured all their defensive resources into trying to keep Brock from its half-court game, aggressively pressing in the back court. The Lady Eagles tried to neutralize Franklin’s long-range shooters, going out to the perimeter to inhibit open looks.
Brock’s approach proved more effective, not only limiting successful 3-point shots, but reducing the number of attempts the Lady Lions had been used to during the season.
Offensively, Brock struggled in early possessions and ceded forced turnovers to Franklin. But less than a minute into the contest, the Lady Eagles took the lead, which lasted for the duration of the game.
“We turned the ball over 15 times in the first quarter, which is a bit uncharacteristic for us,” Westmoreland said. “But we also kept them from scoring after the turnovers, which was key for us.
“We finally started taking care of the ball and had that big second quarter and were OK after that.”
Brock sought to utilize its height advantage and the ploy worked repeatedly as Ducat was fed the ball by her teammates at the low post time and again. Ducat led the scoring in the match, with 18 points.
The intense inside focus by the Lady Eagles eventually loosened up the Franklin interior defense, giving Brock’s perimeter shooters more inviting shots from long range. Rachel Williams and Rachel Harrell hit a combined 10 of 15 field goals, with a three each. Spelling Ducat at the post, Madi Mayfield was also in double figures with 10 points.