CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Bradley Central Bearettes bounced back on Tuesday evening and defeated district foe East Hamilton, 75-38.
After a slow start, the Bearettes came out of the first quarter with a 10-5 lead. The first quarter was big though as Bradley was able to draw fouls and take East Hamilton’s Madison Hayes out of the game with three fouls just under three minutes into the game. With Hayes out of the game, Bradley was able to go on an 8-2 run to finish out the quarter.
Hayes started the second quarter and cut the lead to four to keep the Hurricanes in the game. Amelia Reuter then came off the bench and was able to hit three 3-pointers to break open the game. Hayes then picked up her fourth foul with 2:54 before the break and the Bearettes were able to outscore the opposition 6-4 to finish out the half and take a commanding 31-16 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter went back and forth as both teams went out with their starters, including Elizah Laboo and Hayes with four fouls each. Bradley would score and East Hamilton would answer. Laboo fouled out with 4:25 remaining in the third and Hayes fouled out with 1:36 left in the period. After their best player fouled out the Hurricane coach was not happy and let the official know about it drawing a technical. Kaleigh Hughes made both free throws and Barnes was able to score a layup off a Hughes assist to take an 18 point lead and after swapping baskets Bradley led 50-32 going into the final period.
The fourth period was all Bradley as they outscored the guests 25-6 in the period and both teams emptied their benches as the Bearette reserves were able to stretch out the lead to the largest of the night with the last basket from Ashton Estrada off a Kelsey Carman assist. The bucket also capped off a 21 to nothing run Bradley used to wrap up the game. The two buckets at the end, both assisted by Carman, were Estrada’s first varsity points in her career.
Bradley Central was led by junior Anna Walker with 19 points. Walker was just one rebound shy (nine) of wrapping up the double-double. Alexis Barnes came off the bench and scored 13 points while Reuter had a breakout game scoring 11 shooting 4-of-5 overall and made 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line to go along with her five rebounds. Hannah Lombard had five points but made her presence known coming up with six rebounds while dishing out four assists, and taking two steals. Hughes ended the game with seven rebounds and three dimes.
Madison Hayes led East Hamilton scorers with 11 points. Dezah Lacy had 10 rebounds to go with nine points on the evening. Hayes also had five rebounds, four of which were on the offensive end of the floor.
Bradley Central was able to outscore East Hamilton 17-2 off turnovers, 40-16 in the paint, 12-11 in second chance scoring, and 20-5 on fastbreak opportunities. The Bearette bench outscored their opponent’s 34-6 behind the combined 24 points from Barnes and Reuter.
Bradley shot a hot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) overall and made five 3’s. East Hamilton shot 11-of-47 from the floor for a 23.4 percent shooting night in the loss.
With the win, Bradley Central remains a perfect 8-0 in district action and improves to 20-3 on the season. East Hamilton fell to 14-10 overall and 5-4 in district 5 AAA matchups.
With the win, Bradley won their 52nd consecutive regular season game in district contests and their 16th straight over East Hamilton.
Bradley Central will be back in action on Friday as the Bearettes take on Ooltewah at 6 p.m. from inside Jim Smiddy Arena.
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EHHS - 5 11 16 6 38
BCHS - 10 21 19 25 75
East Hamilton (38) - Patton 3, Lacy 9, Madison Hayes 11, Petitt 3, Laboo 6, Mc. Hayes 6, Evans, Johnson, Sue.
Bradley Central (75) - Hughes 5, Roberts 5, Blair 7, Anna Walker 19, Lombard 5, Mayo, Alexis Barnes 13, Amelia Reuter 11, Williams 6, Carman, Estrada 4, Hullender, Crittenden, Falcon.
3-Pointers - East Hamilton (3): (Lacy, Mc. Hayes 2). Bradley Central (5): (Hughes, Lombard, Reuter 3).