BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Lady Bruins have enjoyed big second half pushes all season long. Trailing by double digits in the first half, they needed another big second half push on Tuesday night – and got it.
Brentwood (16-8, 10-6 District 11 I-AAA) erased a 16-point deficit to defeat the Independence Lady Eagles 59-54 in their regular season finale at home.
The win secures the Lady Bruins’ spot in the district playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Brentwood will host No. 5 Summit in the district quarterfinals on Friday night. The Lady Eagles enter the district tournament as the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 2 Dickson County Friday night.
“We had a good talk at halftime and I challenged them a bit. Our defensive pressure really stepped up toward the end and made a big difference,” Lady Bruins Head Coach Myles Thrash said. “It was a well-fought game and it felt like a playoff atmosphere.”
The Lady Eagles (6-20, 4-12) went on a 12-2 run in the first quarter to jump out to an early lead. Kelsey Leedle played a huge part providing an early spark for Independence, sinking four three-pointers in the first quarter alone as the Lady Eagles took a 24-8 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
But Brentwood slowly started chipping away at the 16-point deficit before their offense erupted toward the end of the third quarter. The Lady Bruins went on a 17-2 run to close out the third quarter and take a six-point lead into the final eight minutes of play.
“Normally we’ve been a pretty good team in the third quarter this season, but tonight we really got on fire,” Thrash said. The Lady Bruins scored 24 points in the third quarter alone.
Junior Delaney Trushel hit back-to-back three pointers for the Lady Bruins during the run to tie the game 39-39 with 1:19 left in the third quarter before her sister, Emily Trushel, sunk her own three-pointer moments later to give the Bruins their first lead since the opening moments of the game.
Independence clawed their way back and briefly regained a small lead with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bruins answered with nine unanswered points in the final minutes of play to retake the lead for good.
Delaney Trushel finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Bruins while sophomore Amelia Osgood added 16 points and six assists. For the Lady Eagles, Leedle led the team with 17 points, but 15 of those points came in the first half.
Brentwood (59): Delaney Trushel 18, Amelia Osgood 16, Emily Trushel 13, AC Stockhoff 5, Chloe Wampler 5, Sophie Roston 2
Independence (54): Kelsey Leedle 17, Amanda Haylett 8, Kayla Miller 8, Daisha McAdams 7, Grace Sanchez 6, Amy Tang 4, Christy Martinez 4