By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Lady Blue Devils Overpower Bearcats For 62-43 Win – Brevard NC


Last updated 1/16/2017 at 6:13pm

Ashley McBee goes in for a layup off a fast break during Brevard's win over Hendersonville last Wednesday. McBee finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and four steals on the night. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

Everything clicked for the Brevard Lady Blue Devils last Wednesday as the team put together one of their best games all season to rout the visiting Hendersonville Bearcats by a 62-43 final.

Both sides started slow offensively before a pair of baskets gave Brevard a 10-3 lead.

Hendersonville put together a small spurt of points, but the Lady Blue Devils led 12-8 after the first quarter.

From there, it was an avalanche for Brevard.

Freshman Tristen Berry scored eight straight points to start the second quarter, giving Brevard a 20-8 lead.

Ashley McBee followed suit by scoring six quick points later in the quarter to open up a 28-9 lead for the Lady Blue Devils.

Berry managed a four-point play after a foul on a three-point basket and Brevard enjoyed a 34-12 advantage at halftime.

The two sides traded baskets coming out of the break before a three from Kinsey Wright and a couple of buckets from McBee extended Brevard's lead to 47-23 at the four-minute mark of the third quarter.

The Blue Devils led comfortably down the stretch before taking the 19-point victory.

McBee came up just shy of her second 30-point game of the season, finishing with 29 points, eight steals and four rebounds.

Berry had 20 points on the night along with four assists and five rebounds.

Together, the duo are averaging almost 28 points per game.

The Lady Blue Devils enjoyed one of their better shooting nights against the Bearcats, as Brevard shot 40 percent (23-58) from the field.

Head coach Chad Owenby credited McBee and Berry with their guard play and ability to find open teammates in the win.

"We were able to get penetration across the top tonight. We were able to spread (Hendersonville) out and let Tristen or Ashley attack the middle, kick the ball out and fortunately we made some shots," he said.

Owenby was most proud of his team's swarming defense which pressured Hendersonville into 49 turnovers on the night.

"The press is what really helped us tonight," Owenby said. "When it's clicking and everybody is in the right spot we can force a lot of turnovers."

With Wednesday's win and a loss to Pisgah on Friday night Brevard is 7-9, with a 1-6 conference record.

That matches their win total from the entire 2015-16 season with still nearly a month of games to play.

Owenby said hard work in practice and a concerted defensive effort were the main reasons behind the increased number of wins.

"We're collectively a better group than we were last year. This group really works hard. We're scoring more and spreading the ball around. The defense has also been better. Size-wise we're smaller than other teams, but we're quick and that improved defense has been key," he said.


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