Frey Scores 1000th Career Point in Win
The Brookfield Bulldogs and Lady Dogs spent last week and part of the weekend at the Milan Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Lady Dogs went unbeaten at the event, while the Dogs rebounded well from a mid-round loss to bring home the gold.
The boys played first on Saturday, taking on Newtown-Harris. The Dogs fell behind early, with Newtown hitting a three, but Jacob Morton would put two on the board to start scoring for the Dogs. A three-pointer by Seth Speichinger would tie the game for Brookfield a few minutes later. This three would set the Dogs off on a 9-0 run to take early control. Points on this run came from Brock Wright, Morton, and Josh Casebolt. A late 8-0 run by Newtown would put Brookfield in a hole 15-14 after one quarter.
The run would reach 11-0, and end with a basket by Cole Hoover. A 4-0 Brookfield run, with points coming from Speichinger and Hoover, would give the Dogs back the lead with 3:43 left in the opening half. The run would continue from there to reach 7-0 with an and-one by Casebolt. At the half, though, Brookfield would trail 30-28.
A 4-0 Brookfield run, with points coming from Speichinger, would give the Dogs back the lead once again early on. The teams would fight back-and-forth, slugging with each other like heavyweight prize fighters. There would be ties at 6:13 and 4:05, but the Dogs would create some space with a quarter-ending 12-0 run. Points on the run came from Hoover, Casebolt, Speichinger, and Chris McCurley. After three quarters, Brookfield led 46-39.
The final frame would see the Dogs run stretch to 14-0, with an opening bucket from Hoover. The run would end shortly thereafter. While the Brookfield lead shrank to as much as four points, the Dogs would hit some key shots down the pipe, and win this game 64-56 to take third place at the Milan Tournament.
The Lady Dogs would face a challenge in the Championship game, taking on the Class One Third Place team from a year ago, North Mercer. While Mercer may be a young team, they are state-ranked, and have a tradition of winning.
The game started off evenly, with both teams netting four points. Alesa Frey scored the first four points for the Lady Dogs. Brookfield would take an early lead off of the strength of a 10-0 run, with points coming from Frey and Samantha Gonzalez. Mercer would rally back to close the gap to three point, but a late basket by Bailey Parks would leave the Lady Dogs with an 18-13 lead after one quarter.
The teams would go back-and-forth to start the second quarter. Mercer would use a short 3-0 run. But the Lady Dogs would pull it together, ending that run with a three-pointer by Gonzalez. A quarter-ending bucket from Sassie Matzen would leave Brookfield with a 31-27 lead at the half.
A 6-0 run early in the third frame would extend the Lady Dogs lead to nine points. Scores on this run came from Matzen, Frey and Gonzalez. The teame again found themsleves trading buckets late in the frame. However, the Mercer buckets came from three-point land, and helped close the gap. After three quarters were in the books, Brookfield led 46-44.
Mercer opened the final frame on a 6-0 run to take their first lead in the game. This ended with a pair of free throws by Frey. These points, combined with a pair from the charity stripe by Matzen would tie the game at the 5:23 mark.
A single free throw by Frey on the front end of a one-and-one would give Brookfield the lead with 4:00 left in the game. This run that brought Brookfield back into the game would reach 7-0 with a putback from Parks.
The Lady Dogs would see key points late from Gonzalez to help hold onto the lead. With 9.1 seconds left in the game, Alesa Frey was sent to the line with only one point holding her from the 1000 point career milestone. She would sink both shots from the stripe to end the game with 1001 career points.