Brookville suffers late collapse
The News & Advance
Saturday, March 1, 2008

DALEVILLE - Turnovers, poor shooting and Waynesboro's Devon Brown were too much for Brookville to overcome as the Bees' fell 59-37 to the Little Giants in the Region III girls basketball championship game at Lord Botetourt High on Saturday.

Both teams will advance to the Group AA state tournament semifinals next Saturday. Brookville will face Hidden Valley, though a time and location have not been set.

"I'm not sure what our lowest point total of the season was, but I know we topped it tonight," Bees coach Warner Dyke said. "We played hard for 32 minutes but we didn't play well for 32 minutes."

Brookville (26-1) started slow, turning the ball over four times in the first four minutes, while Waynesboro (26-3) built a 6-1 advantage, but the Bees rebounded with a 13-4 run to close out the first quarter with a 14-10 lead.

Brookville then went cold after making six of its 12 field goal attempts in the first eight minutes. The Bees' connected on just 11 of their 37 field goal attempts over the next three quarters for a frigid 29.7 field-goal percentage. Brookville made just two of its 20 attempted 3-pointers in the game.

"Offensively we didn't play very well," Dyke said.

"We played timid and couldn't put the ball in the basket. Things just sort of snowballed from there. The more you miss the smaller that hole in the rim begins to look and we just didn't put the ball in the basket very well tonight."

To make matters worse, the Bees had 20 turnovers.

As much as Brookville struggled on offense, the Bees' defense kept the game close. Waynesboro had just a 32-30 lead going into the fourth quarter and Emilee Dunton's 3-pointer actually gave Brookville a 33-32 lead with 7:43 left to play.

Waynesboro responded with a 12-0 run and Brown, the Region III Player of the Year, was in the middle of everything.

Brown scored a bucket on a driving layup and had two steals which led to two fast-break baskets that Brown was credited with assists on as she pitched ahead to teammates who went in for uncontested layups.

Brown finished the game with 18 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Kiawana Brown also had 18 points and Shawnte Woodson scored 16 points.

"I would like to thank all the critics that said Devon Brown is all Waynesboro is about," Waynesboro coach Secrett Stubblefield said. "Look at the scoreboard and see that balance."

The Little Giants outscored the Bees 27-7 in the fourth quarter, although Waynesboro scored much of that when Woodson, who scored 14 of her 16 points in the fourth, got several easy run-outs as Brookville was crashing the boards.

Joyous Tharrington led the Bees with 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Brittany Campbell had 11 points, nine rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Tharrington and Campbell were both first-team Region III selections.