Bravettes seek first victory after going 0-3 at tourney
The Bonner Springs Bravettes played in the fifth annual Metro Prep Classic and were unable to get a victory.
They fell to powerhouse Bishop Miege on Thursday, and then dropped games to Savannah (Mo.) and Valley Center in disappointing fashion.
The Bravettes opened the tournament with a strong showing against Miege, the No. 2 ranked team in the state in Class 5A. They outscored Miege in the third quarter, 16-8, and pulled to within 11 but were unable to complete the rally in a 59-36 loss.
The moral victory won’t show up on the record, but it symbolized the type of play BSHS coach Clay Oakes hopes his team can build upon.
“That’s what we’re hoping out of our young kids,” Oakes said. “We know there’s going to be times when we’re going to have to be patient. We know they’re going to have some turnovers and growing pains along the way, but as long as they keep coming out and competing and improving on the things they’re doing , we’ll be patient, and let them grow as the season goes on.”
Yessenia Hernandez led BSHS with 10 points and Erica Smith added 9. Also for BSHS, Lynsey Ostman scored 5, Anna Hutchinson had 4, Erin Marx had 3, Malia Williams and Starian Porchia each scored 2 and Emily Wilson added 1.
On Friday, Bonner faced Savannah and trailed as the fourth quarter began by only one possession, but just could not close out the game. The final was 28-20.
“We weren’t ready to play, and we weren’t focused,” Oakes said. “I think the girls thought they could just show up and beat (Savannah). We really underestimated them. (It was a) pretty frustrating game today. Yesterday, I thought we took a step forward against Miege, but we took two steps back today.”
On Saturday, Bonner played in the seventh-place game and fell again, this time to Valley Center, 37-23.
BSHS trailed 7-5 after the first quarter but looked like it was the better team. Even though they trailed, the Bravettes were outrebounding the Hornets and playing a solid zone defense. There were several opportunities around the basket, but the Bravettes could not cash in.
The second quarter began with an 8-2 run that gave BSHS control of the game. Then tragedy struck. Their best scorer and most consistent rebounder, Williams, was injured. On a contested rebound Williams was undercut and landed hard on her hip and was unable to return. She was taken to the hospital to have an X-ray.
Losing Williams caused the Bravettes to unravel during the final two and a half quarters. They hung on to a 16-14 lead at halftime, but it was only a matter of time before Valley Center’s Brittnay Taylor took over. The senior shooting guard scored 6 points right out of the gate in the third quarter against the shifting zone of Bonner, helping the Hornets outscore the Bravettes 11-2 in the quarter.
“We can’t put together a complete game,” Oakes said. “Every game this season, we have had a quarter that we only score two points — it just kills us.”
In the fourth quarter Taylor threw in 7 more points giving her 20 on the day. Sophomore Smith had 9 for Bonner, while Williams, Hutchinson and Ostman each had 4.
Oakes said he hoped the Bravettes could turn things around when they played host to Turner on Friday.
“We have some things to work on for sure,” he said. “Now with some games out of the way, we will try to adapt to our strengths a little more.”