The Brusly High School girls basketball team headed into a big district home game against University High on Tuesday holding onto a five game winning streak.
The Lady Panthers opened up district play last Monday, December 29 against the Baker Buffaloes with a 56-10 romp giving the Panthers their 11th win of the season.
The Panther defense was on high alert as Baker scored a mere two points in the first half - as Brusly did not allow a single Buffalo point in the first quarter and only one field goal in the second quarter.
In contrast, the Panther offense, led by senior Madison LaPrairie, scored 30 points in the first half. LaPrarie had 13 first half points as the score at half time was 30-2 Brusly.
It was business as usual in the second half as Brusly scored 15 third quarter points, while on defense allowing just two more points by Baker.
The fourth quarter was the only period that was anywhere close, as the Buffaloes were able to score 10 points to Brusly’s 11. Unfortunately for the Buffaloes, it was nowhere near enough to catch up with the barrage that Brusly had put upon them throughout the game as the Panthers won, continuing, what at the time was, a four-game winning streak.
Lady Panthers head coach Shaeeta Williams said, “Our biggest thing in our last few games has been our intensity on defense.”
The Lady Panthers continued their district play later in the week at home facing the Glen Oaks Panthers the following Friday, January 2.
Both the Panther offense and defense came out playing strongly in the first half, with the defense only allowing eight Glen Oaks points. The Brusly offense nabbed 37 points of their own.
The game ultimately ended with Brusly claiming their second district win by a score of 75-34.
Four lady Panthers scored in the double digits. LaPrairie continued to be one of the leaders with her 17 total points.
The high scorer of the game was Shedreika Pierson with 19 points. Kelsey Parker followed LaPrairie with 13 points, and Conquita Williams finished the list with 10 points.
“Again, we had a really great showing defensively, especially to start the game,” Shaeeta Williams said. “In addition, we were very unselfish in our playing, as most of our baskets were assisted.”
The Panthers five game win streak was tested Tuesday at home with a district game against University High at home. The game had not been completed by the West Side Journal’s final deadline Tuesday evening. For information on the Lady Panthers’ game against U-High, see next week’s edition.