LANGLEY — Single-minded purpose.
Back in about 10th grade, when Jenna Dick made a huge senior varsity splash with the Brookswood Bobcats, she might not have been capable of encapsulating her thoughts on what needs to happen for a team to raise the level of their collective mercury in order to win a basketball game.
On Friday, however, in the time it took to head to the hot dog stand at the Langley Events Centre, then return to centre court for the start of the fourth quarter, the senior guard headed next season for NCAA Div. 1 Eastern Washington showed, then later explained its intricacies.
With her team clinging to a 52-49 lead after three quarters against Richmond’s surprisingly-resilient McMath Wildcats, Dick took matters into her own hands, knocking down three three-pointers to start the frame, part of Brookswood’s 18-2 tidal-wave run that sent the ‘Cats to a 79-58 victory.
“I really wanted to get us together,” said Dick, who scored a team-high 23 points that included seven total treys. “When our minds are separate we don’t play how we’re supposed to. But once we get the energy up and play together, everything opens up and it’s a huge difference.”
The Bobcats got everything they could handle for three quarters from the Wildcats and their lead guard Liz Kennedy who scored a game-high 27 points, a line that included four triples and 70 per cent free throw shooting on 10 well-earned trips to the stripe.
Now, it’s on a 12:30 p.m. Final Four clash Saturday against crosstown rival Walnut Grove. Riverside meets Kelowna in the first semifinal at 10:45 a.m. The title game goes at 8 p.m. All championship round action Saturday takes place on the LEC’s centre court.
“We’ve had a lot of players come up so it’s a total change,” said Dick of the plethora of new guards populating the Brookswood roster. “And that’s good because we love to run, play fast-paced and shoot.”
Nayha Lali with 12, Lexis Knop with 10, Kelsey Lalonde with nine, and Janessa Knapp and Olivia Ohlmann with eight apiece gave the ‘Cats a great depth of scoring.
Forward Marina Radocaj with 12 points, and guard Jayna Wilson with 11, including three triples, also hit double figures in points for McMath.
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