Bruins display dominance over young Red Riders

GOING UP — Brooke’s Kylie Byers attempts a shot past Weir High’s Bailey Stead (24) and Julia Gianni (14) on Monday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WELLSBURG — The Brooke girls basketball team jumped on Weir High early and never looked back in an easy 62-18 win Monday inside the Brooke Wellness Center.

The Brooke girls are unbeaten in the first three games, giving Ryan Scherich the first 3-0 start in his six years as head coach.

The Bruins outscored the Red Riders (1-2) 37-8 in the first half, leaving little doubt about the outcome. They were much quicker than Weir and kept jumping in front of passes, forcing 23 turnovers to give them numerous opportunities for run outs that produced layups.

“I think our speed just overwhelmed Weir High because, usually, we have a pretty good game with them,” Scherich said. “I think that once they got down they battled, but they just couldn’t get back. I think they became frustrated.”

Third-year Red Rider coach Rick Stead was a little frustrated himself.

“We didn’t play well. We didn’t execute,” he said. “The last thing we told them before tipoff was to not let the Brooke student section get in your head. I knew they could be a factor and that’s part of the game, but I think that took some of our players out of the game.

“Numerous things went wrong, and the bottom line is we didn’t play like we are capable of playing. Once we went down, we didn’t come back up.”

The Bruin guards, led by junior Chloe Fox and sophomore Ashley Arca, repeatedly jumped into the passing lanes and created turnovers. They then raced down the floor with the ball and scored easy buckets.

Fox and Arca led the Bruins with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Hope Bowman cleaned up the inside with 11 points in the paint. The 6-3 junior controlled the backboards with a game-high 13 rebounds, which gave her a double-double.

“I tell my kids we’re all interchangeable,” Scherich said. “We’re not very tall besides Hope, so they’re all basically the same kind of player with speed and quickness. The competition in practices is the best since I’ve been here. There isn’t much drop off when subs go in, and we’ve been tinkering with different starting lineups.

“I think the kids are seeing that, and they are working extra hard to be in the starting lineup. Chloe Fox looks like a different athlete. She really wants to succeed and play, and she brings that max ability to it. She’s the type of player that, when I looked at the scoreboard at halftime and saw she had 11 points, I didn’t realize she had done that well.”

The Bruins jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and then outscored Weir 22-2 in the second stanza. Then, they opened the second half with three quick goals from senior Marissa Elliott, Fox and Ashley Arca to open a 35-point lead at 43-8.

The Red Riders got a point when Treasure Elmore-Sartor, who started her first varsity game, sank the back end of a pair of free throws. Junior Julia Gianni followed with a basket and so did junior Sam Kaczmarek to make it 43-13, but that was the closest the Riders would get.

“We watched them play Steubenville Central on Friday, and I knew they were going to jump the passes on the wings,” Stead said. “We worked Saturday on that, but instead, we kept trying to make that long pass to the wing, and either Fox or Arca kept jumping into the passing lane. Then we got frustrated and were out of the game by halftime. There’s no excuse for not scoring 20 points in a varsity basketball game.”

Elmore-Sartor and sophomore Sophia Mikula led the Red Rider scoring with four points apiece. Gianni and senior Bailey Stead each had three points. Elmore-Sartor also led the Riders in rebounds with seven.

The Bruins will attempt to keep the win streak going with a visit to John Marshall on Wednesday, while the Red Riders return home Thursday to play Steubenville.

Brooke 62, Weir High 18

Weir High 6-2-7-3 — 18

Brooke 15-22-11-14 — 62

Weir High: Mikula 2 0-1 4, Webster 1 0-0 2, Kaczmarek 1 0-0 2, Gianni 1 1-2 3, Stead 1 0-2 3, Vuiller 0 0-0 0, Fuscardo 0 0-0 0, McCallister 0 0-0 0, Elmore-Sartor 1 2-4 4. TOTALS: 7 3-9 18. Three-pointers: Stead; Rebounds 21 (Elmore-Sartor 7); Turnovers: 23.

Brooke: Fox 8 0-0 17, K. Byers 1 1-2 3, A. Arca 7 0-0 14, J. Arca 1 0-0 2, Dodson 1 0-0 2, Elliott 1 0-0 2, Ryan 0 3-4 3, C. Byers 1 0-0 2, Edgar 2 1-2 6, Bowman 4 3-4 11. TOTALS: 26 8-12 62. Three-pointers: Fox, Edgar; Rebounds: 44 (Bowman 13); Turnovers: 13.