MILLSAP — After being eliminated from playoff contention Friday night, the Brock Lady Eagles needed to make a stand, which is what they did Tuesday night, as they went into Millsap and defeated the Lady Bulldogs handily 46-19.

The Lady Eagles got on a roll early in the first half defensively, holding Millsap to only one field goal in the first period and one in the second period.

“We know [Millsap] is an outside shooting team,” said Brock head girls basketball coach Skip Townsend. “They are a little challenged on the inside, kind of like we are, although I thought our post girls played well tonight. They don’t have anybody to play against our post girls so we knew we could go inside and we knew we had to stop them outside. They run a lot of screens and I thought our kids did a great job of getting through the screens and we did a good job of switching to keep them from getting an open shot.”

“I thought we had some pretty good looks in the first half and they did not go down,” said Millsap head girls basketball coach Ricky Lindsey. “Skip [Townsend] does a great job and defensively, [Brock] is so sound. You have to work to get a good shot. We had to work to get any shot. Then they came out [in the second half and took over]. We talk all the time about the first four minutes of the half being the determining factor which way it could go. They dominated the first four minutes of the half and it set the tone for the rest of the game.”

The Lady Eagles, up by 11 at halftime, left no doubts in the third period. Before the first minute of the third period had run off the clock, the score had jumped from 16-5 to 21-5 and the rout was on. It was not until the 4:57 mark of the third period that Millsap finally broke into double digits for the game at 27-10.

Brock hurt Millsap inside all night long. With the exception of a free-throw and one 3-pointer by Josie Hunt, all of Brock’s field goals in the third period were within 5 feet of the basket. In most cases, if the Lady Eagles did not get the ball to fall the first time, an offensive rebound and a putback quickly followed the missed shot.

“We did a real good job with the high-low pass,” Townsend said. “We have not done a good job with that all year, but it looked really good tonight, I thought. Our post-to-post pass was good. That is something we have always been good at and I am glad to see it coming back.”

If there was anything Townsend could focus on negatively from the win, it was free-throw shooting. The Lady Eagles only converted one of three possible three-point-play opportunities in the third period and finished the game 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.

“It has been [a problem] all year,” Townsend said. “Our 3-pointer percentage is higher than our free-throw percentage for the year.”

The win moves Brock to 7-5 in District 10-2A, while Millsap falls to 2-10 in district play.

For Millsap, a disappointing season is coming to an end, as the Lady Bulldogs wrap up their schedule early next week, but instead of pulling the plug on his team, Lindsey said he believes now is a time to fight even harder for his team.

“The first thing is you have to show them that you are going to work just as hard as you want them to play,” Lindsey said. “So I am going to work every possession like I expect them to play every possession. We are going to come to practice tomorrow and we are going to practice with an attitude and a work ethic as if we were in the playoffs. We are not going to shut it down and I think what you are trying to teach there is the fact that you don’t play hard when things are going well. You don’t just do things when things are going good. You have to learn how to compete when there is adversity and we have faced some. The kids have responded positively. They are giving great effort.”

Townsend saw that Tuesday night and wanted to speak highly about the job Lindsey has done at Millsap before saying anything about his team’s performance in Millsap.

“I know the score was a little one-sided tonight, but I want to tell you what a great job Ricky Lindsey has done here in Millsap,” Townsend said. “His kids are respectful out there on the court. They play hard and he has done a great job cleaning this program up and it is going to be successful as long as he stays here, and he is doing a great job — no matter what the score was tonight. Compared to last year’s team, that Millsap team has a better work ethic, they work hard and he is doing a great job with them. I want to say that on their behalf.”

Brock faces Peaster at home Friday night while Millsap travels to Godley. Games in Brock and Godley are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the JV contests.



Brock 46, Millsap 19

Brock 11 5 22 8 — 46

Millsap 3 2 9 4 — 19



BROCK — Casey Pool, 11; Sidney Karr, 8; Kenisha Harris, 6; Brandi Fulmer, 6; Kat Willingham, 5; Josie Hunt, 4; Rainey White, 2; Jessica Faulkenberry, 2; Payton Shoush, 2. Free-Throws: 4-7. 3-pointers: 2 — Pool, Hunt.

MILLSAP — Kaci Webb, 5; Bailey Lusk, 4; Tabatha Brummett, 4; Ashton Waters, 2; Emily Boetz, 2; Marcanne Barnes, 1. Free-Throws: 3-4. 3-pointers: 1 — Webb.

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