Lady Broncos fall to Glen Este, Kings

The Western Brown Lady Broncos took to the court for a pair of tough match-ups this past week looking to build on the momentum from their victory over Georgetown in the consolation game of the Brown County Holiday Classic.

The Broncosplayed host to Glen Este, a squad who entered the game with just one loss on the season on Jan. 4.

The Lady Broncos struggled in the first half, scoring just 13 points. The team didn’t play well on defense either, and entered the halftime break trailing 31-13. Head coach Dennis Overstake said turnovers were the team’s downfall.

“We turned the ball over too many times,” Overstake said. “When we turned it over, they went down and scored some easy points.”

The Lady Broncos finished the game with 24 turnovers. Nonetheless, the second half of the game was a different story. The Lady Broncos scored 14 points in the third quarter and followed up with 10 more in the fourth. Overstake said the team started getting a few breaks, though the effort increased as well.

“We played harder in the second half,” Overstake said. “Things started going our way just a little bit.”

Another part of the Lady Broncos’ success in the second half could be attributed to who they were facing on the court. Glen Este’s lead allowed them to play people who would not normally see varsity action.

“They played a lot of people tonight,” Overstake said. “Their reserve team is very good and they played about a quarter’s worth of the game. We were able to make some thing happen when they were in the ballgame.”

The Lady Broncos were led by Mackenzie Brooks, who hit six of her 10 shots from the floor en route to a 12 point night. Brooks also led the Lady Broncos with six rebounds. Overstake acknowledged how important Brooks is to his team on offense.

“It helps when [Brooks] scores double-figures for us,” Overstake said. “We need other people to step up and start scoring 10, 15 points a night.”

It didn’t get any easier for Western Brown, as the team’s second match of the week sent them to Kings High School to take on the Lady Knights. Western Brown built a solid lead in the first quarter, scoring 21 points while allowing just 13.

However, the lady Broncos would score just 21 more points the next three quarters combined, which allowed Kings to rally in the second half and take a 55-42 victory. The win improves the Lady Knights to 10-3 on the season. Western Brown falls to 4-8.

Hannah Sininger led the Broncos with 19 points, including three three-point shots. Brooks finished two rebounds shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in eight boards. Western Brown cut the turnovers down drastically, finishing the game with 12. That’s important, given the Lady Knights penchant for forcing turnovers, according to Overstake.

“They’re very physical,” Overstake said. “They like to press a lot.”

Western Brown prepares for a six-game road swing with a trio of difficult match-ups next week. The squad will visit Bethel-Tate on Monday, Jan. 11, Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 14 and McNicholas on Saturday, Jan. 16.

By Garth Shanklin

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