SHEFFIELD – As if a dropping streak of 24-year postseason wasn't sufficient to have to beat it, the Brookside Cardinals additionally needed to cope with a flu assault that solely left 4 gamers obtainable to follow President's Day.
In a real testimony of overcoming adversity, host Brookside organized a robust second half on February 19 to get away from Wickliffe and make a 43-31 determination in a first-round conflict of the Division III district. Now 7-16, the Cardinals face Elyria Catholic in a sectional ultimate on February 22.
Brookside coach Brad Barhorst mentioned the data should not utterly correct, however the athletic division believes the Cardinals final gained a match recreation in 1996, when the ladies gained a sectional title.
"We now have youngsters on this group whose moms have been on that group," mentioned Barhorst. “This can be a massive drawback for us. We haven't had an excellent season of wins and losses, however it is a nice group that basically stays collectively. I can't say sufficient about this victory. We haven't gained a match recreation since earlier than everybody was born, and nearly everybody had lower than 100 p.c. "
The Cardinals solely had eight gamers obtainable, with two out because of the flu. Scorer Jelene Williams performed, however Barhost mentioned she solely had 50 p.c because of the flu. Mix that with soiled issues, leg cramps, a sprained knee and an open chin, and it was an excellent dose of adversity that needed to be overcome.
"In our practices, now we have solely had 4 or 5 folks generally as a result of the flu is admittedly going round," mentioned junior Sarah Torres. “However everybody who has been there has actually devoted themselves to the group. We have been actually excited to go away. We actually wished to do it for our coach and we actually wished to do it for the group. We've been by lots this yr, and we actually deserved it. "
Torres was the spark for the Cardinals, who beat Wickliffe, 29-16, within the second half. After a primary half with out targets, Torres got here to life to attain 12 factors within the second half when Brookside steadily moved away from a 15-14 half-time deficit. The proprietor completed the evening with 12 factors, 13 rebounds, 6 steals and four assists.
"Sarah did an excellent job dealing with the ball and staying within the assault," Barhorst mentioned. "She is our predominant rebounder of the season. She is a good rebounder. She actually will get in there and mixes it."
For the Blue Devils, who completed the season with 2-21, there have been too many turnovers and never sufficient baskets have been made. Wickliffe had issues together with his pictures all through the sport, making solely four of 26 pictures within the first half and four of 20 within the third quarter.
"I believe they shot the ball higher than us," coach Mike Cackowski mentioned. "They shot us, we simply couldn't make them fall. We performed exhausting, however when the ball doesn't are available, that's normally what occurs. Our protection was fairly good. We simply couldn't drop the ball for us."
Capturing difficulties, mixed with Wickliffe's 34 turnovers, have been too tough to beat for the younger Blue Devils, whose checklist consists of two seniors after which all second-year and first-year college students. Senior Hannah Levon was the one Wickliffe participant in double figures with 10.
"It's a younger group," mentioned Cackowski. "We’re enjoying many freshmen, and two of them began. (The turnovers are going to occur.) However they’ll develop. The excellent news is that they’re freshmen and so they can be taught from this. The expertise is sweet. for them ".
After a careless first half that noticed the groups mix for 31 turnovers and 29 factors, the Cardinals took over within the third quarter. Torres hit a triple solely 9 seconds from the quarter, and Emma Gillespie added two mid-range jumpers to be 21-15. The benefit was seven after three quarters, 31-24, and a 6-Zero run in the midst of the fourth interval put the sport out of play endlessly.
"To get this victory, it's just like the icing on the cake," mentioned Barhorst. "After all, our reward is that we will go to Elyria Catholic on Saturday."
The Panthers are 21-1 and ranked fourth within the state within the ultimate state survey of the Related Press.