Bowman nets 20-20 in Brooke’s victory over Golden Bears

TOUGH SHOOTING — Brooke’s Ashley Arca drives to the hoop past Oak Glen’s Maggie Kovalcik and Emmy Severs (21) on Thursday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

NEW MANCHESTER — The Brooke girls basketball team had what coach Ryan Scherich thought was a sloppy 55-39 victory Thursday at Oak Glen and needed someone to step up.

That someone, as it usually is for the No. 9 Bruins (9-2), was Hope Bowman, who dominated with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (23).

“It was a really nice night for her,” Scherich said. “She had a lot of rebounds. She really likes this gym. She had a big night here last year, too. She had a triple-double here last year.”

Despite the big performance from Bowman, Scherich was not pleased with the performance against what he thought was a much-improved Golden Bears (4-8) club from the teams’ first meeting.

“It was really sloppy,” Scherich said. “Oak Glen is very much improved, and they played hard. They wanted to win just as bad as we did. We played sloppy and kind of fed into what they wanted to do.

Brooke’s Grace Dodson sees room for improvement as well.

“We need to work on some things for sure,” she said. “We started the season off pretty well, but we need to start working to get better. We need to get better at the things that are making or breaking the games.

“I don’t think we are at good team status. We are not there yet. There are so many things we have to clean up still. Sooner or later, a game like this is going to come back and bite us.”

Oak Glen scored first and led early before the Bruins pulled ahead for a 17-13 lead after the opening eight minutes. The Golden Bears cut the deficit to two at the break after a slow second quarter ended with Brooke on top 24-22.

“I think we took them for granted a little bit having beat them once, and you can not take a team for granted,” Scherich said. “He’s got a young team. In a couple of years, Oak Glen is going to have a really good team.”

The third quarter is when the Bruins started to get back on track. Brooke opened the quarter with a 10-1 run to build on the lead.

“That was huge,” Scherich said of the run. “We got a little bit of a different line up in there and it worked to our advantage.”

Oak Glen battled back to trail by heading to the fourth quarter but lost Alexa Andrews to an injury during the quarter.

The Bruins pulled away in the third for the 16 point victory.

“In the first half we did a good job of running our offense,” Oak Glen coach John Leary said. “In the second half we got away from what was working. We kind of regressed and went back how I didn’t want us to play.”

Bowman provided a lot of matchup problems for Leary’s bunch.

“We tried to do the best we could on her but she’s 6-foot-2 or whatever she is and my tallest girl is 5-foot-8,” Leary said. “Overall I am very proud of that effort. If we were a more veteran team, I think we would be able to get position on her better.”

“We had a certain gameplan we put in place for this game and overall we executed it nicely. We made some mistakes here and there but we are young.”

Brooke also got 12 points, four rebounds and an assist from Chloe Fox. Ashley Arca had six points, three boards and a game-high six assists.

Oak Glen was led by nine points and seven rebounds from Emily Severs. Alayna Kranis pulled down a team-high 12 board to go with five points.

Brooke is back in action against Wheeling Park at home on Monday, Oak Glen is scheduled to host Indian Creek on Saturday.

Game note:

¯Oak Glen pulled out a close victory in the jayvee game, 28-26. Brooklyn Loveland led the Golden Bears with eight points, while Kaleigh Edgar had 10 points for Brooke.

Brooke 55, Oak Glen 39

Brooke 17-7-14-17 — 55

Oak Glen 13-9-10-7 — 39

BROOKE (9-2): Fox 4 2-3 12; Byers 0 0-2 0; A. Arca 1 2-4 6; J. Arca 2 0-2 5; Dodson 1 0-1 2; Elliott 0 0-0 0; Ryan 0 0-0 0; Byers 1 1-2 3; Edgar 2 1-2 5; Bowman 9 4-9 22. TOTALS: 20, 12-33, 55.

OAK GLEN (4-8): Giorgini 0 3-6 3; Barganski 0 0-0 0; Kovalcik 2 3-6 7; Loveland 1 0-0 2; Andrews 0 1-2 1; Enochs 2 0-0 6; Beaver 0 0-0 0; Severs 3 3-4 9; Jackson 2 1-2 6; Kranis 2 1-2 5; Travis 0 0-2 0; Orenzuk 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12, 12-24, 39.

3-POINT GOALS: Brooke 3 (Fox 2, J. Arca); Oak Glen 3 (Enochs 2, Jackson). REBOUBDS: Brooke 43 (Bowman 23); Oak Glen 44 (Kranis 12). ASSISTS: Brooke 14 (A. Arca 6); Oak Glen 7 (Enochs 4). TURNOVERS: Brooke 16; Oak Glen 18.