Brewster Bears Struggle to Find Consistency in Loss
|John Jay 64|
BREWSTER—It will take some time for the Brewster High girls basketball to adjust to the loss of Emily Tapio, an All-State/All-Section pick who suffered a season-ending injury before playing a single regular-season game. The Bears were put to the test last Thursday at John Jay of East Fishkill, and Brewster was hurt by turnovers and inconsistent play during stretches of the game. But the Bears also showed promise during other stretches, before walking off with a 64-50 setback.
Carly Hirt paced the Jay attack with 20 points – all in the second half, and Brittany Gullo added 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Brewster opened slow and struggled with turnovers early, resulting in a 19-8 deficit. But the Bears were persistent, and got things flowing at moments, and made it a game by halftime, down 29- 23.
“We were still in striking range at halftime,” Bears coach Doris Schukin said. “But Hirt hurt us in the third (14 points in the quarter) with her size and strength.”
Schukin said the team is adjusting to new roles, and needs to learn how to win without Tapio.
“We try to play an up-tempo game,” she said. “So we sub often to keep people fresh. We had a lot of turnovers early, and missed open shots. But then we picked it up defensively and forced some steals and converted at the other end. But Jay is a tough matchup for us… we have no one to match her (Hirt’s) size.”
“Right now we’re missing a doubledouble per game (from Tapio), Schukin said. “Now we’re trying to do it by committee. But with a kid of that talent level…. you can’t really make up for it. We have some young kids playing, so that’s affecting us now, but as they gain experience the turnovers will decrease. The girls are starting to learn what they need to do.”
The Bears play in the Kennedy tournament this week, and were set to play at either 5 or 7 p.m. today (Thursday), depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s games. Brewster is also in the Ronnie Weaver Memorial Tournament 12/28 and 29 at Carmel HS.