ZONETON -- The Bernheim Lady Bruins withstand a late rally and despite scoring just two points in the fourth quarter, they beat the Zoneton Lady Timberwolves 21-19 in the ‘B’ Division Championship of the Girls’ Bullitt County Middle School Tournament.
The teams had split their two regular season meetings so both teams knew that this would be a tough battle.
Bernheim trailed just once in the first half, at 7-6, but then surged ahead 15-10 at halftime. Two straight baskets by Shelby Ross in the third quarter pushed the margin to 19-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Zoneton scored early in the final frame, but then neither team scored before Ross hit a pair of free throws with 1:26 remaining. Seconds later, Katie Downey hi8t two free throws, but then Bernheim was able to run a lot of time off the clock as Zoneton failed to foul. Finally, as the clock ticked to :06.2 and Zoneton was able to call a time-out.
On the inbounds play, Downing got the ball and she was fouled taking a three-point shot. The sixth-grader stepped to the line and hit the first two chances before Bernheim called a time-out at :04.4. Downey then tried to intentionally miss the third shot, but her effort failed to hit the rim. Bernheim then inbounded the ball to run out the clock.
It was a satisfying win for the Lady Bruins as they were healthy for one of the few times this season. At one point during the season, the team had six players out of action with the flu.
“We were healthy and that was a big help,” said Bernheim coach Tonya Cravens who shares the duties with her husband, Josh. “Our girls got out there and worked hard.”
Bernheim finished with a 13-5 record overall and they were 10-2 against the other Bullitt County teams.
Bernheim and Zoneton had the two best records in the middle school league this season, but Zoneton had the top seed based on a tie-breaking formula.
“Tonight they didn’t listen very well,” Zoneton head coach Amy Etherton said of her team failing to foul late in the game. “Plus, we didn’t hit our free throws.”
Zoneton, which finished the season with a 9-3 record, converted just four of ten chances at the charity stripe while Bernheim was three of eight.
Bernheim also did a good job slowing down Downey, the leading scorer for Zoneton. She did have 15 points, but didn’t have as strong a game as some other nights.
Ross was the leading scorer for Bernheim with 11 points. In fact, Downey and Ross were the only two players in the game to score more than two points.
This year’s Bullitt County Middle School Championships were sponsored by Schmid Funeral Home, The Awards Center and The Pioneer News.
Bullitt County Middle
BERNHEIM 21 (4-9-4-2) Shelby Ross 11, Butler Richardson 2, Taylor Boston 2, Stephanie Still 2, Emily McKnight 2, Savannah Williams 2, Morgan Daugherty, Brianna Graham, Lauren Redding, Alexis Graham, Bethany Peercy, Cortney Johns, Cheyenne Jones, Kelsey Phillips, Taylor Binkley, Shelby Flener and Emily Logsdon.
ZONETON 19 (4-6-3-6) Madysen Derry 2, Katie Downey 15, Erin Dolan 2, Breann Stewart, Megan Goeing, Shelby Crenshaw, Belle Leonard, Brittany Driver, Nadya Campoamer, Alexis Shehan, Taylor Bishop and Taylor Wilson.