Lyndhurst, Ohio- Wednesday night the Brush Arcs (14-1) looked to defend their homecourt. They had their work cut out for them as Warrensville Heights (10-1) fought to give the Arcs their second loss. This game had very high stakes as both teams ranked top ten in their respective divisions. Brush came out on top with a very decisive 71-40 win.
Brush came out really assertive on both ends. The Arcs showed early on that they were able to get easy baskets at the rim. Jakalyn Brown benefited from the penetration the guards got scoring six first quarter points.
Brush mixed in their press and zone well and they turned their stops and turnovers into open court opportunities.
Brush closed the quarter out with an 11-0 run. Brooklynn Vickers hit a huge and-one three, Rhianna Williams scored a jumper and Tatiana Mason got an easy look at the rim.
The second quarter continued to be all Brush, Warrensville couldn’t get going from the perimeter and Brush took advantage.
Katherine McCormick knocked down Warrensville’s first three a minute into the quarter. After that Warrensville struggled to get going and Brush took over.
The Arcs went on a 7-0 run, Chaniyra McDowell-isaacs assisted on a Tatiana Mason bucket and hit a three of her own. The Arcs led 29-10 with three minutes left in the half at that point. Isaacs and Mason scored a few more layups in transition before the half ended, Brush led 33-11.
Chelsea Johnson was a bright spot for Warrensville in the third scoring nine points.
Warrensville started playing faster and became more urgent on both ends. They forced turnovers and capitalized on them.
Kamryn Ruffin and Johnson scored transition layups around four minutes, they trailed 39-20 going into a timeout.
Mason started to respond, she got a couple of free throw line opportunities and made an and-one layup around two minutes left in the quarter. Brush went into the fourth up 49-29.
Brush came out in the fourth to put the game away as Issacs was very assertive scoring seven points. The Arcs got out to a quick 7-0 run with a three from Mason and a few layups from Brown and Issacs.
Issacs followed her basket with another driving layup. A couple of minutes later she grabbed an offensive rebound and made her second three. Brush led 61-36 with five minutes left. Brush closed the game with another 8-0 run with threes from Rhianna Hill and Brooklynn Vickers. Brush won 71-40.
Tatiana Mason led all scorers with a 20 point double double, Rhianna Williams was right behind her with 15 and Chaniyra Mcdowell-issacs finished with 15. Vickers knocked down three three pointers finishing with 11. Chelsea Johnson led Warrensville with 12, Kamryn Ruffin finished with nine.
I got to speak with Brush’s Head Coach Demarris Winters about Mason.
“She’s even better than everybody thinks, we see her in practice everyday and she does the same thing if not better," said Winters. "She can post up, she hits threes, she handles the ball, she rebounds, she passes…Her and her dad are always in the gym.. you can see it's showing."
The Lady Arcs will be back in action at home Friday against Spire at 6 PM.