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Last night we got a chance to get our first looks at the Brown County and West Central girls basketball teams as they faced off in an early season WIVC matchup.  After 1 qtr of play, these 2 teams were tied up  11 but West Central would not waste any time in changing that trend.  The Lady Cougars got a bit of a lead before halftime and then really separated themselves from Brown County in the second half en route to the 64-43 victory.  Brown County’s Vanessa Markert led all scorers with 20 points on the night.  For West Central, Kaydee Carmody led the Lady Cougars with 16 points.  As a team, Brown County shot an outstanding 71% from the Free Throw line which any coach has to be pleased with this early in the season.  West Central had trouble finding the basketball night but don’t expect that to be a common problem or this team.  I think that West Central will be a team that has grabbed a lot of attention by the end of this season as they have many strengths and have some excellent players coming off of the bench.  Now looking at the season for Brown County, I think the Lady Hornets really have the potential to turn some heads and be a competitive team.  They have a great group of girls but they just need that varsity game experience to really get to the level they are looking to be at.

A long time rivalry was renewed tonight for the first time in 8 years as Central-Southeastern traveled to Brown County to take on the Hornets.  The storylines leading into this game were endless as these two teams are only separated by 15 miles and know a lot about each other.  The game got out to a very quick start as CSE went 3 & out on their first possession.  Then Brown County comes out and put together a quick scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead.  CSE didn’t wait any time as they came right back out and scored a couple of unanswered touchdowns.  Though the Hornets would get a score in a crazy ending to the 1st half.  CSE took a 14-13 lead into the halftime break.  After a very long drive to start the 3rd quarter that resulted in the Hornets turning the ball over on Downs, the Panthers offense came to life and finally pulled away from Brown County for the 36-19 victory.  Brady Long had an outstanding night for the Hornets as he gained 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries.  Bobby Keltz had a great night as well for the Panthers as he gained 97 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.  Probably the most interesting stat of the night was that Brown County was able to hold the Panthers to just over 250 yards of offense while the Hornets had 328 yards of offense.  CSE is now headed into a big matchup next week against a very tough Triopia team that will really test the Panthers.  I think that CSE will have to shore up things on defense in order to give themselves a solid shot against the Trojans.  For Brown County, the Hornets were greatly improved this week and came up just short tonight. With 3 losses on their record though, the Hornets will be looking to use the rest of the schedule to battle their way to the playoffs.  I think this game tonight went a long way in teaching this young Hornet squad that they can play with the top teams in the WIVC, but it will be up to them to execute and step up to the challenge.  Needless to say for all teams in the WIVC, we are in store for a very close and exciting second half of the season.

The 2012 Football season kicked off in Mt. Sterling last night as Brown County hosted Calhoun in a week 1 battle.  The start of this game looked to be a game of strong defenses but Brown County finally turned up the Offense in the 2nd quarter.  The 2nd quarter scoring started with Braxton Phelps getting 75 & 26 yard touchdown runs.  Then towards the end of the quarter Michael Scoggin had a 35 yard pick 6 interception to bring us to a 36-6 halftime score in favor of BC.  Calhoun came out in the 2nd half and really dominated the offensive side of the game with a couple of touchdowns but it would not be enough as Brown County picked up the 36-18 victory.  Brown County definitely had  a lot of trouble on defense in the 2nd half as they could not get a stop and just looked out of sync the entire half.  Calhoun’s Tavis Gauntt lead the team with 92 yards over 7 carries while Brown County’s Braxton Phelps lead the Hornets with 164 yards over 9 carries.  Both teams showed some positives last night but they have a lot they can improve on. Best part is this was only week 1 and they have 8 more weeks of football to improve upon.

Brown County traveled to Triopia last night for a WIVC battle between two rivals who know each other very well.  This game would not disappoint anyone who loves defense as Triopia played solid defense for 3 quarters here tonight.  But then finally in the 4th quarter Brown County found a way to pick up the offensive momentum which in turn, forced Triopa to start fouling.  Unfortunately for Triopia, Brown County went 10 for 11 from the free throw line in the game and pulled away for the 45-38 victory.  Triopia was led in scoring by John Love with 16 while Justin Volk had 14 for Brown County.  The Hornets shot 53% from the field in the contest while Triopia could only attain 37%.  Triopia did everything they could to keep themselves in this one but they got in a bit of a panic early in the 4th quarter while Brown County only missed one shot in the quarter, a free throw.

A late tip off would not deter either Brown County or Illini West from providing us a great contest tonight.  Brown County would have to play a solid contest up and down the floor in order to keep up with a very talented Charger ball club.  Tied at 13 after the 1st quarter, Illini West would outscore the Hornets 14-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-22 halftime lead.  Brown County made a solid effort in the 2nd half but just could not find an answer for the outstanding 3-point shooting of the Chargers and fell by a score of 52-40.  Illini West shot 7-14 from behind the 3-point arc with Brody Gronewald going 4-6.  Alex Sheppard led the Hornets with 13 points while Brody Gronewald led Illini West with 18.  Brown County falls in to the consolation bracket and will take on Lewistown at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon.

Our second game of the day would end up being the most exciting game of the entire tournament thus far.  Brown County had the lead through most of this game but Liberty was able to come back and tie it up heading into the 4th quarter.  Then the Lady Eagles did a nice job of pushing through and pulled out to the lead.  With time winding down, the Lady Hornets had around 7 seconds to get a 3 point shot off to tie it up.  The play was drawn up perfectly but the shot was missed with a long rebound into the right corner.  Cheyenne Grainger ran over and threw up a desperation 3 point shot as the buzzer sounded and made it to send us to OT.  Brown County would carry that momentum with them into the OT period and held on for the 40-39 victory.  Kristen Loos led the Lady Eagles with 13 points while Aimee Kerley led Brown County with 15.  The Lady Hornets advance on to take on Canton while Liberty-Payson will take on Farmington.

Our first game of the day would really come out and set the tone for our day.  Brown County and Rushville-Industry would have a hard fought battle that would last all the way until the end.  The Lady Rockets were with out the services of Jenna Taber who was dealing with a small injury that kept her on the bench most of the game.  Unfortunately no one for the Lady Rockets was able to step up and take her place as Brown County would really put up a hard fight in the 3rd quarter that allowed them to pull ahead for good.  Brown County was able to overcome the loss of two post players, due to fouls, and held on for the 46-41 victory.  Brandy Wise would lead the Lady Rockets with 17 points while Peyton McKinnon added 14 points for the Lady Hornets.  Rushville-Industy falls in to the Play-in Consolation bracket while Brown County advances to take on Illini West.