The Bremen High School girls’ basketball team went on the road Tuesday and spoiled Temple High School’s Senior Night festivities by rolling to a 52-28 victory over the Lady Tigers.
Three Lady Blue Devils finished the evening in double figures offensively. Ja’Naya Ware and Mary House led the way by pouring in 12 point apiece, while Alli Augustin followed closely behind with a 10-point performance for Bremen.
First-year head coach Kallendra Mathews has had Bremen rolling of late. The club got off to a slow start and was sitting at 2-6 in early December, but the girls have since begun to establish an identity and gel as a cohesive unit. Tuesday night’s victory improved the team to 9-12 on the year with an impressive 6-3 mark against Region 5-AA opponents.
“We just made sure we did what we had to do to get the job done,” Mathews said in regards to her game plan for Temple. “I knew they were going to run a zone, so I made sure we had our quick passes and bounce passes down, and that we could fight through their zone pretty well. I thought we came out and did that.”
Conversely, Temple’s woes have continued on all season long. The Lady Tigers lost the core of a group that went 14-12 last winter, and it’s shown on the court as they’re now 3-19 following Tuesday’s 24-point defeat.
But while the results have been far from positive, the girls continue to keep their heads up and attack each day determined to improve. In the eyes of head coach Jake Shirley, that’s a sign of a team that has the potential to use this season’s adversity in its favor in the years to come.
“I felt like our attitude overall was very good [Tuesday,]” Shirley said. “There were very few plays in the game where I had to get on somebody about their effort, and I think that’s saying a lot because we’ve kind of gone through a rough patch here recently. I’m just proud of my girls for competing all game and showing their mental focus.”
Bremen jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter and nearly doubled that to 25-11 by the midway point of the game. The third quarter was where the Lady Blue Devils really began to shine, slicing the Temple zone and putting up points at will to push their advantage out to 42-16.
With a little over a week remaining before the start of region tournaments, Bremen is hoping it can make a splash and potentially steal a bit for the state tournament in February.
“We’re just going to have to increase on our quickness in thinking. We’ll continue working on our passes and making sure we get it to where need in order to make the plays work,” Mathews said. “We’ve flashed in and out. We’ve done what we have and we’re doing what we need to do to get to where we need to get to.”
Next up for Bremen will be a date with Callaway on the road this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Temple will try to rebound when it returns to the hardwood the Friday night to square off against Jordan at 6 p.m.