Brashear runs to title game

Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:58 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Brashear's undefeated season is still intact.

The Brashear Tigers defeated the Chadwick Cardinals 50-44 in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

A long scoring run by the Tigers made the difference. Brashear (31-0) went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter that proved to be too much for Chadwick (22-8), as its 9-0 run in the fourth quarter fell short.

Brashear coach Sara Williams said that her team's run to start the third quarter was a result of halftime adjustments.

"We talked about getting the ball moving a little quicker, and then shooting in rhythm instead of standing still," she said. "You know, stepping to your pass and taking the shot off the move instead of just standing. You shoot a little flat when you stand there. I thought we got better ball movement and hit those outside shots without hesitation, and that gets us pumped up when we can hit something like that."

Kristin Osborn, a Brashear senior, started the Tigers' third quarter run with two 3-pointers in the first minute of the quarter. The Tigers' Brooke Crandall scored next with a lay-up. Kimberly Elsea then added a 3-pointer for Brashear before her sister, Jenny Elsea, made the final shot of the run. The Tigers lead 37-21 before Chadwick ended Brashear's scoring stretch.

Chadwick's Stacey Sisco ended the Cardinals' scoring drought with two free throws with 3:39 left in the third quarter. Chadwick did not get its first field goal of the third quarter until Misty Betis hit a lay-up with 33 seconds left.

Chadwick found itself down 46-26 in the fourth quarter when it got the spark it needed. The Cardinals made a 9-0 run, which brought the score to 46-35. Jessi Peirce tried to lead Chadwick to a comeback with 12 points in the fourth quarter, but Brashear made enough free throws down the stretch to hang on for the victory.

Brashear will play Walnut Grove (27-4) in the Class 1 girls' championship game on Saturday at 7:55 p.m. in Hearnes Center.

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