Lady Railroaders dominate Tri-County North
Gaylen Blosser, Sports Correspondent
BRADFORD — The Bradford Lady Railroaders defeated Cross County Conference rival Tri-County North Panthers 76-30 Thursday night to go 5-2 on the season.
“We trust all of our girls,” Bradford varsity girls coach Patrick McKee said. “They really worked hard in the offseason, and their hard work in the offseason is starting to show now.”
Bradford jumped out too an early 4-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Railroaders outscored their opponent in each of the four quarters.
Bradford 5-foot 9-inch senior guard Brooke Dunlevy poured in 12 first quarter points as five Lady Railroaders got in the first quarter scoring column to lead 19-6 at the end of the first period.
Dunlevy got the Railroaders on the board first the second stanza, hitting a 15-footer followed with back-to-back fast-break layups from Haley Patty and Bree Bates.
Bradford stretched the lead to 30-6 before North managed a second quarter goal. Eight Lady Railroaders put points in the second quarter book as the Railroaders took a 37-13 lead at the midway point.
“The girls have bought into the system, and they are really starting to understand offense, of when to push the tempo, when it’s time to slow it down and get a good shot,” McKee said. “That is really helping. Not the fact that we are always pushing but the fact that we are taking good, quality shots.”
Bradford put 16 third quarter points on the board, its lowest quarter output of the night, with five Lady Railroaders adding to the score including a Patty 3-pointer, a bucket each from Loren Sharp and Bree Bates and two-goals each from freshman Mandi Bates and Dunlevy for a 53-22 lead.
“No matter what the score is, we always expect the same,” McKee said. “If its 0-0 or if it’s a night like tonight where we we’re just on fire, the girls learn at all time, not just when it’s a close game. We expect it out of all girls. If it’s a senior captain, a freshman, whoever it might be that’s in the game, they have to do the same exact thing.”
Fourth quarter play opened with a Bree Bates jumper in the paint, a Ciara Broughman layup and a Dunlevy drive to the basket opening up a 59-23 Railroaders lead with one minute off the period quarter clock.
Bradford reached the 60-point mark at 5:37 in the game on back-to-back Dunlevy free throws and a 61-23 lead.
The Railroaders did not lose any scoring punch as coach McKee went to his bench early and often as each Lady Railroader got in the scoring column on the night, giving Bradford a convincing 76-30 win.
“We got all the girls to score tonight,” McKee said. “We have confidence in our whole team going in there and doing the right thing.”
Bradford’s defense was hitting on all cylinders on the night, not allowing the Panthers to hit double figures in any of the four quarters.
“We are coming off a team last year that averaged right around 36-40 points,” McKee said. “Before tonight our average was up to about 50-52 and adding a 76 tonight, our offense is clicking.”
Brooke Dunlevy led all scorers with 25 points, followed with Mandi Bates with 14, Bree Bates nine, Michayla Barga seven, Haley Patty five, Loren Sharp and Gabby Fair each with four points, Kelly Moore three, Broughman and Brooke Brower each with two and Mackenzie Weldy rounding out the scoring with one point.
Score by quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Bradford 19 18 16 23 76
Tri-County North 6 7 9 8 30
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