The red-hot Brentwood Lady Bruins didn't let the Ravenwood Lady Raptors slow them down on Friday night, cruising to a 56-29 victory at home to sweep the season series against their district rival.
Amelia Osgood and Emily Trushel led the offensive charge for Brentwood with 12 points each, but it was freshman forward Ava Granzow raised eyebrows with a breakout performance for the Lady Bruins.
Granzow established a strong presence in the paint late in the game, scoring 10 points--eight of them coming in the fourth quarter--to help Brentwood pull ahead late in the latest edition of the "Battle of the Woods" rivalry.
“It was an awesome opportunity for me and it was a great game for us,” Granzow said. "We kept playing hard and kept pressuring the ball and running the floor like we do best. I’ve been hearing about this rivalry since I was in elementary school, so it’s nice to be part of it."
The victory helps Brentwood (19-1, 13-0) remain undefeated in district and extends the Lady Bruins’ winning streak to 19 games.
While Brentwood feels like their success has put a target on their back, they’ve remained focused on playing the kind of up-tempo game that has fueled their impressive streak. And so far, it’s been working.
“We feel like teams are out to get us, but we just have to keep going game by game and doing what we do best,” Granzow said.
After suffering a 75-28 loss at home to Brentwood in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 10, Ravenwood (12-11, 7-7) managed to do a better job containing the Lady Bruins’ multi-faceted offense this time around. Unfortunately for the Lady Raptors, their own offense still struggled to keep up.
A 10-0 run by the Lady Bruins that stretched from the end of the first quarter into the early stages of the second quarter catapulted Brentwood to a 21-5 lead that they wouldn’t surrender for the rest of the game.
Near the end of the third quarter Brentwood kicked off another run, this time with a string of 13 consecutive points that ended with Osgood converting her second three-pointer of the night with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter to give the Lady Bruins a 29-point lead, their largest of the night.
“We take pride trying to put pressure on teams and making runs, setting the pace whenever we can,” Brentwood head coach Myles Thrash said.
Now the Lady Bruins will go for 20 wins in a row when then travel to John Overton for a non-district clash on Monday, Feb. 10.
Despite their two-game losing skid, Ravenwood is still trending upwards at just the right time in the season, having won three of their last five games.
Still, they’ll have to find a way to beat a tough Page team on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to avoid losing a third straight contest.