Cardinal Gibbons coach Jessica Lowe knew her team would be playing a speedy team in Broughton. What she didn’t know was just how effective that speed would be in stifling her team’s offense.
Broughton started strong, held off a mini-rally by Cardinal Gibbons and completed the task, winning the second annual Father Thomas F. Price Classic, 64-46, on Friday.
Broughton jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the game and stretched it to 19-7 by the end of the first quarter.
“I knew that they were going to be quick, but we didn’t realize how aggressive they were going to be," Lowe said. “And that first quarter killed us.”
Cardinal Gibbons started to cut into the lead early in the second quarter with a 10-2 run to close the gap to six points. That would be as close as they would get, however, as Broughton finished the half with 12-0 run of their own.
“We were able to go on a little bit of a run, but I feel like we expelled so much energy, we didn’t have (enough energy) to hold on to it,” Lowe said.
Broughton maintained control of the game in the second half, leading by as many as 22 points early in the fourth quarter.
Lowe admitted her team gave Broughton plenty of help by committing 32 turnovers.
“We haven’t faced anyone that plays man-to-man like that,” Lowe said. “With a team that aggressive, you have to be able to match their aggressiveness and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Broughton coach Brad McCorkle said the Caps’ defensive intensity has been key to his team’s success.
“We try to switch up defenses a lot,” McCorkle said. “We definitely try to put a lot of pressure on the ball, cut off passing lanes and it usually produces turnovers.”
Madison Beuris and Olivia Smith led Cardinal Gibbons in scoring, both finishing with 14 points in the game celebratory game held on the school’s former Western Boulevard campus. Kaila Ealey scored a game-high 15 points for Broughton, with Nadine Ealey and Dejah Cheatham chipping in 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The win improves Broughton’s record to 5-0 under its new head coach. McCorkle, who came to Broughton after coaching at St. David’s, said his team has handled the transition well so far.
“They’ve handled it beautifully,” he said. “Anytime you have a coaching change it’s difficult, but these girls have embraced the new system, they’ve done a wonderful job and I’m proud of them.”