STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY
Brentwood’s new mindset and Centennial’s personnel shortage added up to a lopsided win for the Lady Bruins.
Delaney Trushel scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, leading Brentwood to a 70-21 rout of visiting Centennial on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bruins (11-5, 5-2 District 11-AAA) seized a 19-0 lead early and held the Lady Cougars (4-9, 1-6) to less than six points in three of the four quarters.
“We’ve been working on having a good start and attacking, and we kind of changed the philosophy a little bit,” Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said. “We had a lot more pressure defense on and we just played with a lot more confidence tonight.”
Brentwood felt its opponents out at the beginning of games earlier in the season, trying to see what type of competition it would be.
That didn’t always work.
“With the young girls, they would sometimes take a hit instead of coming out throwing blows,” Thrash said. “I think now our mentality is we’re going to attack more. We’re going to come out throwing blows.”
Brentwood’s young roster includes one senior, two juniors and the rest underclassmen.
Centennial is struggling without two of its key players, both seniors. Ashland Hardin suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and Malea Robertson is off the team.
Brentwood built a huge 27-3 lead after the first quarter and it got worse from there. By halftime the Lady Bruins were up 40-14 and the officials went to a running clock when Brentwood’s lead increased to 58-19 after the third quarter.
“(Delaney) has been phenomenal for us,” Thrash said. “When she’s got it going, she’s got her confidence going. She shoots it better than probably any of them.”
Brentwood hit 10 3-pointers, shooting over the top of Centennial’s 2-3 zone defense.
“Whenever a team plays a zone, that’s kind of what we expect to get from us,” said Trushel, a junior guard-forward. “So we just keep moving the ball and it leads to open 3’s and open shots, and that’s just what we got tonight.”
Trushel’s 3-pointer at the fourth-quarter buzzer sent last week’s 10-point loss to highly-touted Westridge Academy (Kernersville, N.C.) into overtime at the She Got Game Classic in Atlanta.
“I think that has spring boarded us to where we are right now,” Thrash said of the strong showing. “We’re a different team right now. They’re playing with a different kind of swagger. They know what type of team we can be when we compete at the highest level.”
Emily Trushel, Delaney’s twin sister, added 13 points for Brentwood, which had four scorers in double figures. Amelia Osgood scored 12 and Chloe Wampler had 10.
Brentwood moved into a third-place tie with Summit (8-5, 5-2) in the district and Centennial fell into eighth.
Centennial hosts Ravenwood on Friday.
Brentwood visits Independence on Friday.