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March 3, 2013

Brock ‘flies to five’ with 40-32 win over Merkel

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With the margin stuck at four for more than three minutes down the final stretch, another Flaska jumper helped extend the advantage, and sophomore guard Rachel Williams drained a shot from beyond the arc, giving the Lady Eagles an insurmountable nine-point advantage.

“I put [Rachel] out there for defensive purposes,” said Brock head coach Chance Westmoreland, “and the first time she gets a shot, she hits the three. We were all happy to see that because it gave us the separation we needed.”

The semifinal

Friday’s semifinal, pitting Brock against Region II champ Centerville, got off to an unusually slow start scoring-wise as both offenses looked for vulnerabilities in their first look at opposing defenders and missed long-range attempts. Five and a half minutes in, Centerville had a 4-0 lead courtesy of a pair of successful jumpers, and the Lady Eagles had yet to find the hoop.

Cora Jenkins’ layup with 2:31 left in the opening quarter marked the early turning point that affected the rest of the match, as Brock owned the scoring for the next eight minutes of play with a 15-0 run, lasting until just two minutes were left before the half. Jenkins would finish the game as the top scorer for Brock, with 13 points, and the Lady Eagles won handily, 42-23.

With the Lady Eagles solving Centerville’s defense from the perimeter as well in the paint, the Lady Tigers could not boast the same, as the first-quarter lead change was the only one in the game. Brock’s defense limited its semifinal opponent to just two points, those coming from free throws.

An 11-point lead out of the locker room prompted a methodical play catch around the perimeter half-court game from the Lady Eagles in the third period, but the slowed pace was a temporary one. Westmoreland platooned his guards for fresh legs as the activity up and down the court increased, taxing the starting five for Centerville, particular its post player.

The effective Brock ‘D’ remained so throughout the contest, and the offense cashed in, scoring 18 points off of turnovers, alone. Open looks were hard to come by for the Lady Tigers, who finished the with a shooting efficiency less than 30 percent.

Westmoreland has led the Brock girls to the last two championships, with Argyle’s Skip Townsend at the helm for the first three crowns of the string.

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