Brokans leads LC past Sacred Heart
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.”