Brookwood girls control glass in 58-47 win at Archer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Coming into their important Region 8-AAAAA basketball road game at Archer, Brookwood's girls had a chip on their collective shoulders for two main reasons.

One was a loss on their home court to the Tigers earlier in the season, and the other was disappointing results on the boards throughout most of the season.

The Broncos took care of both at once in Friday night's 58-47 victory.

Courtney Gardner posted career highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds.Nicole Plaisted also had a double-double with 13 points and 19 boards, and Rebecca Walker just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocked shots.

It helped Brookwood (12-10, 10-3) hold a whopping 54-28 advantage on the boards en route to its fifth straight win and maintaining its hold on second place in the region standings.

"We feel like (rebounding) is something we've been struggling a lot with this year," Gardner said. "We just buckled down and ... I'm just really proud of the team."

The Broncos did some of their best work on the offensive glass, where they pulled down 21 offensive rebounds leading to several second-chance points -- 14 of which came directly on stickbacks.

"The last three weeks, we have really been working hard on rebounding," Brookwood coach Scott Terry said. "It's so much easier playing defense when you limit your opponent to just one shot per possession."

Six of those stickback points came in the first four minutes of the game as Brookwood built an early 10-4 lead.

But Archer (14-8, 8-5) wasn't going to make life easy for the Broncos.

The Tigers forced 22 Brookwood turnovers, and Madison Newby scored 12 of her team-high 17 points as Archer took leads of 14-11 after the first quarter and 26-22 at the half.

The lead reached as much as 28-22 after Newby's jumper 49 seconds into the third quarter before Brookwood began to flex its muscles.

The Broncos ran off a 14-3 spurt over the next 4:54 to jump in front 36-31 after a 3-pointer by Garnder from the right wing with 2:17 left in the third quarter.

Still, Archer was able to hang around, even after Newby picked up her fourth foul with 20.5 seconds remaining in the period.

Alesha Mann scored five of her nine points in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to help cut the Brookwood lead to 45-43 with 6:05 remaining.

And when Kayla Rogers hit a runner from the left wing with 3:44 left, the Tigers were down just 48-47.

But Gardner gave Brookwood a little breathing room at 50-47 with yet another stickback with 3:28 left, and the Broncos clamped down defensively, either forcing Archer turnovers or limiting the Tigers to just one shot the rest of the way.

Walker applied the knockout blow by hitting six straight free throws in the final 38.6 seconds, along with two more from Plaisted, to put the game away.

"It was just a tough night all the way around," Archer coach Ryan Lesinak said.

Archer boys 62, Brookwood 51

Tramique Anderson scored a game-high 20 points as the Tigers (15-7, 10-3) used a 20-10 advantage in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Bryan Hamlet also reached double-figure scoring for Archer with 18 points, while Malcolm Hannah led the Broncos (4-18, 1-12) with 12 points.