WEIRTON - A third-quarter scoring burst combined with near-perfect free throw shooting down the stretch helped Brooke's girls earn a 55-46 victory over Weir High Thursday.
Three Lady Bruins reached double figures (two recorded double-doubles) as Ryan Scherich's club won its third straight and earned the season sweep over the Red Riders.
Weir, which celebrated Senior Night at the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse, appeared to take control with a 9-0 scoring run late in the second quarter. Senior Raven Young ignited the rally with a triple and four consecutive makes from the line. Another senior, Kayla Lemley, contributed the other points.
MAKING A PASS — Weir High senior Kayla Lemley makes a pass during the second half of Thursday’s 55-46 win by the Brooke Bruins.
-- Fred Younce
That run allowed Bill Smith's squad to grab a 26-21 advantage at the intermission. Both the teams shot the ball well during the second stanza, Weir hitting six of 12 and Brooke seven of 14. The Bruins had 10 first half field goals compared to nine for the Riders. The hosts used six free throw conversions to build their lead.
Brooke then exploded to start the third stanza, sinking its first four shots. Freshmen Paige Farmer got things going with back-to-back hoops. Marena Cline scored following a Weir turnover and Michaela Hinerman converted a second Rider miscue into points. The burst put the Lady Bruins ahead to stay at 29-26.
To its credit, Weir would hang tough. Two Young free tosses pulled the hosts to within two (35-33) heading into the final eight minutes.
Early in the final stanza, Brooke's outstanding sophomore Angela Staffilino drew her fourth foul and headed to the bench. Instead of faltering, the Lady Bruins actually extended their lead to seven as Hinerman drained one from behind the arc and Emily Stuck scored following an offensive rebound.
Young answered with her second three-ball of the evening. That's when Brooke went to work from the line.
Hinerman swished a pair with 4:23 to go. Her trip to the line was Brooke's first of the contest. Farmer then made two and Staffilino followed. The Lady Bruins hoisted 14 free throws during the frame and made 13. Staffilino's final pair of makes put Brooke up by 10 at 56-46.
"That's probably the best they have played all year," Scherich said of his Bruins. "They looked like a team tonight. They were calm, they moved the ball well and they got what they wanted for about the first five minutes of the third quarter. We got a little erratic for a minute or so but settled down. They did a nice job tonight."
After committing 16 first half turnovers, the Bruins were guilty of just six during the final two periods.
The Brooke coach also praised his unit for its performance during the fourth quarter stretch when Staffilino was on the bench.
"Angela fouled out late in our last game, but we were able to get the win," he pointed out. "I think they still had confidence from that experience and we were even able to extend the lead."
Staffilino took game scoring honors with 20 (she was six for six from the line) and hauled down 15 of Brooke's 46 rebounds. In addition, she blocked six Weir shots.
Hinerman, who was a perfect four of four of the stripe, added 14. Farmer ended with 10 and grabbed 10 missed shots.
"She's coming along," Scherich noted of Farmer. "She has come a long way. We had three girls in double figures and when you get scoring like that you should be able to win games. That's big getting a performance like that from a freshman."
He added Brooke has "been shooting real well from the line in the last couple of games."
"Angela has made 23 of her last 23, she was 17 for 17 in our last game," Scherich said.
Weir was paced in scoring by two seniors, playing their final game on the home floor. Young tallied 14 and recorded six steals. Shelva Burns recorded her 20th career double-double, getting 13 points and 10 boards. Alyssa Shingle contributed 10.
"They just outhustled us," Smith noted. "They outrebounded us (46-28), they made shots when they had to make them and they made their foul shots going down the stretch. Hat's off to them. They played harder over a longer period of time than we did."
Both teams will enter tournament play next week. Brooke, 4-17, will travel to Parkersburg South Wednesday for Class AAA action. The tip is set for 7 p.m.
Weir, 9-11, has a Monday date in East Fairmont. The Class AA sectional game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Smith did salute his four seniors (Young, Burns, Lemley and Taylor Long) for "contributing so much to our program for the last four years."
"They gave us all they could give us," he pointed out. "I am proud of them and wish them well as they move on."
Brooke, 55, Weir 46
Brooke 6 15 14 20 - 55
Weir 8 18 7 13 - 46
BROOKE (4-17): Cline 3 1-2 7; Farmer 4 2-2 10; Fowler 0 0-0 0; Alotbell 0 0-0 0; Hinerman 4 4-4 14; Duffy 0 0-0 0; Stuck 2 0-0 4; Preston 0 0-0 0; D'Ulisse 0 0-0 0; Staffilino 7 6-6 20. TOTALS: 20 13-14 55. 3-pointers: Hinerman (2); Rebounds: 46 (Staffilino 15, Farmer 10); Turnovers: 22.
WEIR (9-11): Young 3 6-6 14; Stead 1 2-4 5; Shingle 4 0-0 10; Robinson 0 0-0 0; Lemley 2 0-0 4; Burns 6 1-8 13; 3 1-2 8; Dalrymple 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 9-18 46. 3-pointers: Stead, Shingle (2), Young (2); Rebounds 28 (Burns 10); Turnovers: 17.