STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTO BY WHITNEY JARRELD
Brentwood made a big run and then Nolensville answered with one of its own.
That was the turning point as the Lady Knights won for the fourth time in five games with a 72-55 victory over Brentwood at Nolensville on Saturday night.
After falling behind by 15 early in the second quarter, Brentwood (10-4) cut the deficit to 23-22 with a 16-2 run.
Nolensville (7-5) answered with a 12-0 run and held a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
“My technical didn’t help things out there in that stretch,” said Nolensville coach Chris Ladd, who got one during an argument with an official midway through Brentwood’s run. “I think we sort of maybe felt sorry for ourselves for a minute when we weren’t getting some calls and they were making some shots.”
Ladd told the Lady Knights to keep fighting during a timeout and they did just that.
“They just realized, hey, we’ve got to get it going again,” Ladd said. “I don’t get too many t’s. The refs have a tough job, they really do.”
Sydney Mickulin led four Lady Knights in double figures with a career-high 17 points. Grace Baird added 15, Zoe Piller 12 and Parker Leftwich 11.
“I was more focused and less nervous as the game went on,” said Mickulin, whose team avenged a Nov. 27 loss at Brentwood.
Ladd said the junior forward/guard has a lot of potential.
“We know Sydney can score like that, but sometimes she doesn’t believe she can,” Ladd said. “Tonight she was open a lot and she knocked down shots, and made her free throws. We expect that from her, but I think she shocked herself a little bit tonight.”
Improved defense and the return of two injured starters has sparked Nolensville’s resurgence.
Emily Trushel and Amelia Osgood both scored 15 points for the Lady Bruins and Delaney Trushel added 13.
“I thought we had our mojo back, but (Nolensville) did a tremendous job of adjusting and withstanding that run,” Brentwood coach Myles Thrash said. “They stayed very aggressive and they made shots. That’s probably the best they’ve shot against us since we’ve been playing them.”
Brentwood lost for the third time in four games after a 9-1 start.
“We knew at this point this was going to be a tough run going into the holiday break and I think our focus is off a little bit,” Thrash said. “We’re so young and it’s kind of hard to bounce back, but we will.”
Brentwood plays its first-round game in the She Got Game Classic in Atlanta on Jan. 4. “There are about 80 to 100 teams in it,” Thrash said. “It’s a pretty big tournament.”
Nolensville plays Father Ryan in the first round of the Middle Tennessee Invitational on Thursday at Franklin.