The Brock Lady Eagles (21-7, 4-1) leaned on a high-flying offense against the Paradise Lady Panthers Friday afternoon on the road, draining seven 3-pointers in a 62-34 District 7-3A rout for the blue and gold.
Brock quickly jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, with senior Jessica Leek contributing eight points in the frame.
Leek (15 points overall, including 5-of-6 at the free throw line) paced a Lady Eagles’ attack which caught fire in the second half (37 points in the final two quarters).
The Lady Eagles’ defense also provided a stifling first half, holding the Lady Panthers to four and seven points in the first two frames, respectively.
In fact, Paradise was held to only six points until one minute before halftime.
Brock entered the break leading, 25-11.
However, the Lady Panthers’ offense did manage more success in the second half, scoring 23 total points in the final two frames, highlighting an area Brock Head Girls Basketball Coach Shawna Lavender said her team must fix moving forward.
“I wasn’t super happy with our defense today,” Lavender said.
“In the first half I thought we were pretty solid, but in the second half I feel like we gave up too many easy shots. I felt like we played a little bit lazy in the second half and gave [Paradise] some good looks. We talked about it, and mainly it comes down to communication.”
At the same time, Lavender said her team’s offense did a good job of attacking the Lady Panthers from the perimeter.
“When Jessica and Kasaundra [Boxell] started hitting those threes, that really started to give us some confidence,” Lavender said.
That being said, the Lady Eagles are committed to a balanced offensive approach, Lavender stressed.
“We depend on [those threes] a lot. But we hope we can get an inside, balanced attack. That’s one of the reasons that we get those open looks on threes, because we’re able to get some penetration and pass to kids that we know can score down there on the outside for us.
Lavender also praised her team for playing smart, selfless basketball on offense.
“I thought we did a good job of distributing the basketball,” Lavender said.
“I thought we found the open person, not forcing a lot of bad shots.”
Brock finished the third quarter leading, 45-21.
Boxell, a senior, and junior Olivia Lewis each tacked on 10 points for Brock, while fellow junior Torrye Tyler added eight points for the Lady Eagles.
Junior Evan Roberts and senior Brooklyn McCall each tacked on six points for Brock.
Brock plays the Jacksboro Lady Tigers in a district game at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the road.