Brokans leads LC past Sa­cred Heart

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Ben Reese cor Mont­gomery Me­dia

Mary hate Brokans is in a rather unique po­si­tion.

The Lans­dale Catholic se­nior is the only up­per­class­man on the Cru­saders’ girls bas­ket­ball team. Ev­ery other player is ei­ther a sopho­more or a fresh­man.

Ob­vi­ously the pres­sure of be­ing the only se­nior (and ju­nior) on the team doesn’t bother Brokans. She scored 21 points to lead the Cru­saders to a 69-43 non-league win over Sa­cred Heart on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“Mary hate has been con­sis­tent,” said LC coach Heather dlemser. “She’s the one that makes us go.

“She con­tin­ues to fight and play the en­tire game no mat­ter what the score is, up or down. She just con­tin­ues to do the right things. It’s nice to have her out there lead­ing us.”

That is one thing that Brokans must do. As the se­nior, she must pro­vide the lead­er­ship for the younger play­ers.

“I know I have to lead more and show them how we play,” Brokans said. “It’s a lit­tle weird (be­ing the only up­per­class­man).

“I think we’re do­ing well so far. dame by game, we im­prove. A lot of our play­ers are ex­pe­ri­enced so I’m Oh with it.”

dlemser also re­al­izes that Brokans can be un­der a lot of pres­sure. But, so far this sea­son, she hasn’t shown it.

“She’s big for us,” dlemser said. “As she goes, we usu­ally go.”

That be­came ev­i­dent in the sec­ond quar­ter against the Jems. Hold­ing only a 13-9 lead af­ter the first quar­ter, the Cru­saders kicked it into an­other gear in the sec­ond and third stan­zas.

They outscored Sa­cred Heart 19-8 in the sec­ond and 21-8 in the third. That pushed their lead to 32-17 at half­time and 53-25 af­ter three quar­ters.

“We got off to a slow start so we just picked up the in­ten­sity,” said Bro­kens.

dlemser agreed with her co-cap­tain.

“I thought we fi­nally started to play de­fense like we’ve been talk­ing about,” the coach said. “We’ve had a lot of lapses on our de­fense the last cou­ple games.

“We’ve been work­ing on it in prac­tice. De­fen­sively, we did bet­ter.”

Plus Lans­dale Catholic got some much needed help off its bench.

“When we needed to score, we got some spark off the bench,” said dlemser. “Tara (Sheri­dan) came in and she played great.”

Once again, Brokans con­curred.

“Tara Sheri­dan really helped us,” she said. “She sparked us off the bench.”

In that sec­ond quar­ter, Brokans scored eight points and added four more in the third. The Cru­saders spread the wealth around with just about ev­ery player get­ting some points in the mid­dle two quar­ters.

Sa­cred Heart’s De­bor­nay hidd-Wilk­er­son hit a jumper to start the sec­ond quar­ter to cut LC’s lead down to 13-11. But then the Cru­saders ran off six straight points to in­crease the lead to 19-11.

hidd-Wilk­er­son scored four more points to cut the lead to four. It didn’t last long be­cause Lans­dale Catholic ran off the next 11 for a com­mand­ing 30-15 mar­gin and was never headed af­ter that.

The Cru­saders just added in­sult to in­jury in the third stanza. Once again, the Jems scored the first points of the quar­ter, but then LC scored four straight.

Af­ter an­other Sa­cred Heart bucket, Lans­dale Catholic net­ted the next eight points. Three free throws got Sa­cred Heart within 20 points but the Cru­saders outscored the Jems 8-1 in the fi­nal 3:36 of the quar­ter to lead 53-25 af­ter three.

Sa­cred Heart won the fi­nal quar­ter 18-16 but by then it was too lit­tle, too late.

In ad­di­tion to Brokans’ 21 points, Shalina Miller added 14 for LC. hidd-Wilk­er­son topped Sa­cred Heart with 16.

The game did give dlemser a chance to see all of her play­ers in ac­tion.

“We have so many young play­ers that I want to give ev­ery­body a chance to get bet­ter,” she said. “We’re play­ing a lot of kids right now and see­ing who can play.

“Some peo­ple are really spark­ing us off the bench. Mary hate might get in four trou­ble, so who is go­ing to run the point. We try to put dif­fer­ent play­ers in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion.”

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