Braves step up down stretch: Key plays late swing contest


A heads-up play with 1:30 left in Thursday’s Mid-Southern Conference girls basketball battle at Brownstown was key to the host team’s victory.

From there, Salem managed to swish a couple of 3-pointers to keep it interesting, but for the second-straight game, Brownstown’s free-throw shooting was sharp. That on top of solid defense at the end helped the Braves prevail 65-55.

A layup by Krista Baker pulled Salem within 53-49 at 1:35, and the Lions quickly called a timeout and set up in full-court man-to-man pressure. Brownstown’s Kaylee Bennett, however, saw Trinity Booher escape her man, and Booher took the ball to the basket and converted a 3-point play.

“If somebody presses us, if they are going to play us full-court man, we have that where we can go long,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “I said, ‘If they are guarding us man, break long,’ because we have some speed on our team, and they went for it, and it worked out. The next time we set it up, (Salem) put somebody back. So it’s just a heads-up play that they recognized and took advantage of, and I’m proud of it.”

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