At It Again: Gorman girls win fifth straight Brookshire Classic

Published on Saturday, 1 December 2012 23:37 - Written by Travis Yoesting

It may be All Saints’ tournament, but the Bishop Gorman Lady Crusaders own the Bruce G. Brookshire Basketball Classic.

For the fifth time in five years, Gorman won the girls bracket, once again led by Michelle Obach, who was selected to the all-tournament team for the third time.

Obach poured in 17 points while supplying five assists, two steals and four rebounds as the Lady Crusaders held off a relentless Austin Brentwood 54-43 on Saturday at Bruce G. Brookshire Family Student Athletic Center.

In the boys final, All Saints was unable to repeat as champs, falling 62-46 to first-timers Corsicana.

 

Bishop Gorman 54, Austin Brentwood 43

After defeating their first two opponents in the tournament by a combined 140-51, the Lady Crusaders (8-2) had to fight to the end against the Lady Bears (9-2).

Gorman led 10-2 late in the first quarter and by as many as 18 in the third quarter. The Lady Crusaders used a 7-0 burst to start the second half to build a lead that stayed in double digits for the rest of the game after going into the break with a 30-20 cushion.

Brentwood sliced its deficit to as little as 11 in the fourth quarter, sticking around thanks to 16 points from Nicole Glenn and 13 from Ariana Marks.

“I told them coming into this game and this tournament, they’re not just going to give it to us because we won it in the past, you’re going to have to earn it,” said Gorman coach Katie Robertson, who is undefeated at Brookshire Gym.

Brooke Lee scored 15 points while shooting 3 for 4 from long range and Danielle Smith, whose sister Brie helped start the five-year tournament streak, added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Crusaders. Allie Buzbee chipped in four assists.

 

Corsicana 62, All Saints 46

Given Corsicana’s recent basketball history, there was understandable excitement from the players as the players lifted their first ever trophy.

Dzifa Mallet recorded 17 points, 15 rebounds and six steals, Mike Lewis scored 17 and the Tigers (7-1) shot 50 percent for the game en route to the 16-point win.

“I’ve got a bunch of good young guys that are working hard,” third-year Corsicana coach Don Newton said.

The Tigers were a late addition to the Brookshire Classic after being shut out of the Mabank Tournament, said Newton, who took over a team that went winless the year before he arrived and has now won seven straight games.

After shooting poorly from long range in its first two games (five total 3-pointers), Corsicana connected on nine on Saturday, including 5 of 10 in the first half. Tim Lang led the way with three treys.

“We finally relaxed and shot the basketball,” Newton said. “That was the key.”

Jaired Maddox and Aston Francis paced All Saints (8-4) with 11 points each. Francis added six rebounds and five steals, but the team’s leading scorer connected on 5 of 22 shots from the field as the Tigers’ length hampered the Trojans’ ball movement, forcing 18 turnovers.

Corsicana shot out to an 8-0 lead until an 11-0 run gave All Saints its only lead at 12-11. A bucket from Ernest McGee put the Tigers back on top and they slowly took control of the game.

 

Grace Community 70, Ovilla Christian 63

Sluggish in the first half of the third-place game, Cougars coach Neal Welch had just the answer: half-time sprints.

Welch put Grace Community through a rigorous workout in between halves and the Cougars woke up, tying a tournament record with 31 points in the third quarter on the way to a 70-63 victory over Ovilla Christian.

“I think we were still kind of hung over from the Corsicana loss,” Welch said, referring to a 63-54 defeat the night before. “It took us a whole half to decide we wanted to play.

“I decided we needed to do some sprints at halftime and get focused and ready to play.”

The Cougars (6-2) built a 60-39 lead entering the fourth quarter and consecutive 3-pointers from Nic Negem put them up 68-41 with 6:21 left. With backups in the game, Ovilla’s starters came charging back, getting to within 69-61 with 24 seconds remaining before the Grace starters returned to close out the game.

Verlo Levels scored 10 of his 18 points in the third, adding eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks for the Cougars. Blake Johnson chipped in 15 points.

Griffin Glenn and Micah Murphy led the Eagles with 17 points apiece.

 

 

2012 Bruce G. Brookshire Classic

At Bruce G. Brookshire Family Student Athletic Center, All Saints

Girls Bracket

Thursday

Van 44, Grace Community 31

Bishop Gorman 76, Frisco Legacy 25

Austin Brentwood 47, Ovilla Christian 31

Friday

Houston St. Thomas 40, All Saints 26

Legacy 32, Grace 26

Gorman 64, Van 26

Ovilla 51, All Saints 26

Brentwood 43, St. Thomas 8

Saturday

Seventh-Place Game: Grace 54, All Saints 21

Fifth-Place Game: Frisco Legacy 34, Ovilla Christian 23

Third-Place Game: Van 64, St. Thomas 37

Championship: Gorman 54, Brentwood 43


Boys Bracket

Thursday

Grace Community 43, Bullard Brook Hill 40

Ovilla Christian 46, Austin Brentwood 45

All Saints 71, Frisco Legacy 34

Friday

Brentwood 44, Legacy 28

Corsicana 58, Houston St. Thomas 43

All Saints 81, Ovilla 34

St. Thomas 57, Brook Hill 47

Corsicana 63, Grace Community 54

Saturday

Seventh-Place Game: Brook Hill 54, Legacy 37

Fifth-Place Game: St. Thomas 42, Brentwood 28

Third-Place Game: Grace 70, Ovilla 63

Championship: Corsicana 62, All Saints 46

 

Girls Box Scores

Championship

Bishop Gorman 54, Austin Brentwood 43

Gorman   16   14   18   6 — 54

Brentwood   7   13   10   13 — 43

GORMAN — Brooke Lee, 15; Allie Buzbee, 2; Michelle Obach, 17; Mandie VanderVorste, 0; Laura Meads, 0; Susannah Williams, 9; Hannah Sattler, 0; Danielle Smith, 11; Courtney Fergerson, 0; Abbie Guevara, 0. FG: 18-45. FT: 12-13.

BRENTWOOD — Rachel Orick, 0; Keely Hardin, 4; Ariana Marks, 13; Brooklyn Merkord, 3; Masha Heins, 0; Morgan Vandygriff, 3; Kaylie Angelo, 0; Nicole Glenn, 16; Priscilla Glenn, 4; Mackenzie Merkord, 0; Christina Onabajo, 0; Lanae Hollingsworth, 0; Megan Burcham, 0. FG: 16-40. FT: 6-8.

THREE POINT GOALS — BG (6-16): Lee (3), Obach (2), Smith. AB (5-13): Marks (3), B. Merkord, N. Glenn.

RECORDS — Gorman 8-2; Brentwood 9-2.

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Third-Place Game

Van 64, Houston St. Thomas 37

Van   21   10   15   18 — 64

St. Thomas   4   10   6   17 — 37

VAN — Lovett, 6; Yowell, 4; Carter, 17; Johns, 15; Thompson, 20; Jones, 2.

ST. THOMAS — Parish, 16; Clark, 2; F. McIntyre, 6; Jimeno, 2; Wheeler, 6; Jordon, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — V: Johns.ST: Parish (2).

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Fifth-Place Game

Frisco Legacy 34, Ovilla Christian 23

Legacy   2   4   11   17 — 34

Ovilla   3   4   5   11 — 23

LEGACY — Allen, 4; McCullough, 8; Buffington, 2; Beck, 2; Dunlap, 16; Denton, 2; Lewis, 2.

OVILLA — Morales, 6; Case, 2; Reyes, 3; Burton, 8; Albright, 4.

THREE POINT GOALS — FL: Dunlap (2). OC: Reyes.

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Seventh-Place Game

Grace Community 54, All Saints 21

Grace   12   9   17   16 — 54

All Saints   4   1   9   7 — 21

GRACE — Rebekah Provines, 16; Bethany Kimmey, 4; Catherine Rook, 8; Kandice West, 2; Parker Daughtry, 10; Kylie Stinson, 4; Taylor Kingsley, 10.

ALL SAINTS — Madison Parks, 0; Kendall Rhodus, 5; Archa Rajesh, 5; Jillian Bradford, 0; McKenzie Johnson, 0; Sarah Bracken, 0; Sarah Smith, 11; Gabby Bosworth, 0; Sydney Barrett, 5.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC: Kingsley (2). AS: Barrett.

RECORDS — Grace 4-7.

 

Boys Box Scores

Championship

Corsicana 62, All Saints 46

Corsicana   17   13   16   16 — 62

All Saints   12   6   12   16 — 46

CORSICANA — Dzifa Mallet, 17; Tim Lang, 9; Mike Lewis, 17; Sam Seth, 0; Anthony Jones, 8; Ernest McGee, 4; Lathan Carter, 5; Alonzo Gibson, 0; Jamaal Evans, 2; Jonah McKissack, 0. FG: 21-52. FT: 11-19.

ALL SAINTS — Trevor Long, 0; Aston Francis, 11; Collin Walker, 0; William Alexander, 0; Ruben DeLong, 4; Luke Lee, 6; Matthew Brunson, 2; Clayton Smith, 0; Spencer Ball, 7; Jaired Maddox, 11; Cameron Huckabee, 0; Brice Borgeson, 5. FG: 19-53. FT: 6-13.

THREE POINT GOALS — C (9-24): Mallet (2), Lang (3), Lewis (2), Jones (2). AS (2-15): Francis, Maddox.

RECORDS — Corsicana 7-1; All Saints 8-4.

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Third-Place Game

Grace Community 70, Ovilla Christian 63

Grace   13   16   31   10 — 70

Ovilla   17   9   13   24 — 63

GRACE — Blake Hendricks, 0; Verlo Levels, 18; Trevor Gunter, 4; Blake Johnson, 15; Phillip McKinney, 5; Ben O’Neill, 4; Andrew Melhart, 9; Levi Crozier, 1; Nic Negem, 8; Call Florence, 0; Zac Roark, 6; Thomas Nance, 0; Tanner Starr, 0. FG: 22-60. FT: 14-21.

OVILLA — Cameron Stephens, 10; Jackson Glenn, 0; Griffin Glenn, 17; Jimmy Pogue, 4; Hunter Thomas, 0; Aaron Morales, 3; Micah Murphy, 17; Jacob Webb, 0; Mitchell Todd, 0; Matt Humphrey, 0; Tyler Welch, 10; Lucas Chester, 2. FG: 21-69. FT: 18-26.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC (12-33): Levels (3), Johnson (3), Melhart (2), Negem (2), Roark (2). OC (3-12): Stephens, Pogue, Morales.

RECORDS — Grace 6-2; Ovilla 3-6.

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Fifth-Place Game

Houston St. Thomas 42, Austin Brentwood 28

St. Thomas   11   10   15   6 — 42

Brentwood   4   8   11   5 — 28

ST. THOMAS — Adames, 14; C. Twine, 5; Hawk, 11; Masterson, 5; J. Twine, 7.

BRENTWOOD — Hunt, 10; Archer, 8; Peyton, 8; Taylor, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — ST: Adames (2), C. Twine, Hawk (3), J. Twine. AB: Archer (2).

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Seventh-Place Game

Bullard Brook Hill 54, Frisco Legacy 37

Brook Hill   21   11   14   8 — 54

Legacy   7   13   8   9 — 37

BROOK HILL — Alex Hale, 6; Grant Hanks, 9; Chase McDermott, 4; Andrew Swink, 14; Phillip Kitt, 6; Luke Humphries, 5; Bryant Robinson, 10.

LEGACY — Rhett Allen, 10; Holt Thompson, 1; Jacob Eisenmann, 1; Blaine Petty, 4; Riley Chapman, 19; Conner Guetersloh, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — BH: Hanks, Swink (4), Humphries. FL:

RECORDS — Brook Hill 1-3; Legacy 4-4.