Early defensive pressure gave the Brownstown Central girls basketball team the result it wanted.
The Braves forced Trinity Lutheran into 16 first-half turnovers Saturday and turned several of those into points. They finished the game with 26 steals and a 60-42 victory.
Karla Rieckers’ teams have been known for their intense defense, and it came through better Saturday compared to the season-opening loss to Mitchell.
“Oh my gosh, it is a tremendous difference,” Braves senior Allie Warren said. “After we watched film of last week’s game, we saw how awful it was, and we just didn’t want that to happen again. We didn’t want our season to be like that, and so we worked really hard all week trying to pick it up.”
Effort in practice translated onto the court, said Warren, who had a double-double of 10 points and 10 steals.
“Usually, our offense feeds off of how we do defensively,” she said. “We figured we’d pick up the intensity a little bit to try to get some boards up there. We started out really, really well, and I think after we started getting the lead, we got kind of lackadaisical with our defense, and we just need to be able to keep it up.”
Rieckers saw improvement, too.
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