Brookville girls roll past host Heritage
Lynchburg News & Advance
Monday, February 4, 2008

Senior forwards Brittany Campbell and Joyous Tharrington are not a two-player operation for Brookville's undefeated girls basketball team, which is ranked second behind Turner Ashby in this week's Associated Press Group AA state poll.
But Monday night at Heritage, the senior duo put on a pretty good show for the Bees, who improved to 21-0 and 11-0 in Seminole District play with a 55-30 victory over the Pioneers.

Campbell, who's headed to Liberty University on a basketball scholarship, scored a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Tharrington, bound for Richmond where she will continue her hoops career, added 15 points and 15 rebounds.

"Their two seniors, Joyous and Brittany, just took over the game," Heritage coach Tracie Hayes said.

Brookville coach Warner Dyke said Tharrington and Campbell open things up for the rest of the Bees.

"With Joyous and Brittany both being able to play on the perimeter and in the post, we're really flexible with who we can insert (into the lineup)," he said.

Nicole Stanley opened the second-half scoring by swishing a 16-foot jumper from the left baseline off a cross-court assist from Campbell.

"She's a streaky shooter and when she's on, she's on," Dyke said.

Stanley finished with seven points and five assists and point guard Emilee Dunton added three assists.

"We normally pass the ball very well," Dyke said. "This is a very unselfish team."

Pioneers senior point guard Dominique Wayne, who led her team with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, cut Brookville's lead to 18-14 by draining a long 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key early in the second quarter.

But the Bees responded with an 11-0 run, sparked by Anna Pettyjohn's eight-foot jumper off an assist from Nicole Stanley and a 3-pointer from the top-left of the arc. Tharrington capped the run with a one-hander off an inside feed in the right of the lane.

"We did a good job getting some stops and converting some easy buckets in the second quarter," Dyke said.

"They like to spread the floor a lot (on defense) and our coach emphasized pounding the ball inside against them," Tharrington added.

Brookville's defense, led by Tharrington, Campbell and Lindsey Sharman in the post and Dunton on the perimeter, forced Heritage to commit 16 turnovers and allowed the Pioneers to shoot less than 25 percent (10 for 42) from the field.

"Our shooting percentage was really low," Hayes said. "We couldn't put the ball in the hole."

"We tried to put pressure on their perimeter players as much as possible without letting them get by us, box out and try to limit them to one shot," Tharrington added.

Heritage (12-8, 7-4) has been hampered by injury of late, with sophomore Deandra Williams the second Pioneer to suffer a season-ending ACL tear.

"We started out with 14 players and now we're down to nine," Hayes said.