STORY BY CHRIS LEE | PHOTOS BY DEB SCALLY
An explosive third quarter, keyed by outstanding 3-point shooting, helped the Brentwood High girls to an easy 71-26 victory at Centennial on Friday night.
The Bruins hit shots early in their half-court sets to establish a first-half lead then, used aggressive, trapping defense to force turnovers to pull away early after halftime.
Delaney Trushel (23) and Amelia Osgood provided much of the firepower for the Bruins on both ends.
“They were amazing,” Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said of the two. “I thought Amelia set the tone in the beginning and started facilitating, and that got her involved in the game offensively. Delaney’s probably one of the best shooters around. When we got her set up, we knew it was going to be a pretty good night for her.”
Chloe Wampler added 13, and Emily Trushel, 10, for Brentwood.
Sheraton Foster led Centennial with 13, as the Cougars struggled with the Bruins aggressive, trapping defense.
Brentwood led by 13 at half, but the Bruins really got it rolling in a 25-6 run spanning just under five minutes of the third quarter.
Wampler opened the period with a straight-away 3, then added a fee throw. Osgood drilled a 3 from the right wing, prompting a Cougar time out at 6:24, with the Bruins having their first 20-point lead.
An Osgood 3 from the right wing made it 39-24. Delaney Trushel got an easy lay-up off a turnover, then hit a 3 off a kick-out. She then answered a Foster 3 with one of her own from the right corner.
A Wampler 3 around the 3:15 mark gave Brentwood its first 30-point lead at 52-20, prompting Thrash to go to his bench and slow the tempo the rest of the period.
“That [run] came from really good defense, and then also just moving the ball and shooting the ball with confidence like I know we can do,” Thrash said.
Centennial showed a 2-3 zone early and stuck with it. Brentwood was content to patiently work the ball until it found open 3s, the best looks usually coming from the corners.
The Truschel sisters each hit a pair in the first four minutes; the Bruins went cold after that but still led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Centennial’s Constance Bledsoe (seven points) hit a 3 to open the third-quarter scoring, pulling the Cougars to within three.
But that’s when Brentwood ratcheted up its defensive effort. Delaney Truschel and Osgood both picked up steals and converted them to lay-ups early in the second quarter.
Those stretched the lead to 10, and by half, Brentwood’s advantage was 27-14.
“We really needed a game like that, where we could make shots,” Thrash said. “We haven’t made shots, as of late. I was glad to see us get in our rhythm and make extra passes and make shots tonight.”