After having their first pep rally in years, the Brusly Middle Lady Bobcats basketball team exploded onto the court and pounded on the Port Allen Middle Lady Eagles in a 40-12 win in the Brusly High School gym on Thursday, Feb. 1.
“The fan support combined with the Dj’s music in the gym made the atmosphere electric.,” Brusly Middle head girls basketball coach Emily Naquin-Domingue said. “We used that electric vibe to fuel our play.”
Propelled by their fans’ energy, Brusly scored 27 points in the first quarter alone. Sixth grader Laila Clark led the charge with 9 points in the 1st. Seventh grader Tia Anderson added 8, 6th grader Emma Fabre put up 6, and 8th grader Alayah Gedward added one, as their defense held Port Allen to 11 1st-quarter points.
Brusly scored 10 more in the third quarter with Gedward adding five and Clark and Anderson adding two a piece.
After scoring four more in the fourth quarter, Anderson became the leading scorer of the game, followed by Clark with 11, and Gedward and Fabre with six each.
Coach Naquin-Domingue said she is exceptionally proud of her girls’ intensity and drive.
“Our goal this year is to go undefeated!” Naquin-Domingue said.
The game and win were also made possible by the referees provided by Anatole Vincent, music provided by Karey Labauve Naquin-Domingue said.
Brusly High head girls basketball coach Shawn Bradford is playing close attention to the middle school team and said that the future of his own program looks very promising based on what he sees from the Lady Bobcats.
“I’ve made it a top priority to build a great relationship with middle school players. I got the opportunity to watch them work this summer and I was impressed from day one.” Bradford said. “They work so hard and the vibe is so positive throughout the whole team. That’s rare for a middle school team. I am at every game and the effort is there every night. They are so competitive!! Coach Naquin and her staff are doing an excellent job and it’s been a joy to see it all take place.”