Backcourt duo carries Broncos into semifinals

The Brookwood girls easily advance to the 8-AAAAA region semis with a convincing 77-45 victory over South Gwinnett on Wednesday.

It was the Broncos backcourt duo of juniors Jazmine Jackson and Katie Mallow that led the way.

The two combined for 48 of Brookwood's 77 points, including knocking down eight of their team's 10 3-pointers.

Brookwood got its first lead of the game with 2:38 left in the first quarter, 9-8. It would be a lead that the Broncos would never surrender.

South Gwinnett's offense couldn't find a rhythm as Brookwood's pressure on the press was too much for the Comets to handle. South Gwinnett had nine turnovers in the first quarter and got in a hole early, down 18-10 after one quarter of play.

The Comets committed 13 turnovers in the first half, while their opponent kept extending the lead by nailing shots from behind the arc. The Broncos made six 3-pointers in the first half, leading to a comfortable 39-24 halftime lead.

"We like to play a fast-paced, full-court style on both offense and defense," Brookwood head coach Scott Terry said. "We were able to use to that to our advantage and force our opponent into making mistakes and capitalized by putting points on the scoreboard."

Brookwood's defense continued to disrupt South Gwinnett in the second half.

The Broncos held the Comets scoreless for almost five minutes, and gave up only six points in the period.

And on offense, the Broncos kept finding the basket scoring 13 points in the third while building a 52-30 lead.

In the fourth quarter it would just get uglier for the Comets. The Broncos were led by Jackson, who scored 15 of her 29 points in the final quarter. She was on fire and hit three of her five 3-pointers of the game.

The Broncos outscored South Gwinnett 25-15 in the final quarter making the blowout was official.

The Broncos' 10 3-pointers were almost enough to beat the Comets.

"We don't live and die by 3," Scott said. "We do like that shot and we are not a mid-range team. We are either going to shoot from long-range or attack the inside."

The win for Brookwood secures them a spot in the upcoming state tournament.

"This win extends our season," Scott said. "We are taking it one game at a time and our focus is getting to Saturday for the region championship."