Sunday, January 14, 2001

Schwegmann leads Brossart to 'All A' region title

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

Brossart's Jenna Schultz is pressured by St. Patrick's Sarah Parker.
(Mike Simons photo)
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        ALEXANDRIA — While the rest of the Bishop Brossart girls basketball team practices free throws before a game, senior guard Katie Schwegmann works on 3-pointers.

        Her practice paid off Saturday against Maysville St. Patrick. Schwegmann scored 26 points — including five 3-pointers — in a 59-44 victory in the Touchstone Energy Girls 10th Region finals at Brossart's Seither Center.

        The Lady 'Stangs won their fifth straight All “A” regional title and will play Crittenden County, which beat Dawson Springs 44-43 in the Second Region final, in the opening round of the state portion of the tournament at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

        Schwegmann declared the latest title the nicest.

        “It's my senior year,” she said. “I started off as an eighth-grader.”

        Sophomore guard Casey Geiman needed fewer words.

        “It's amazing, it's unbelievable,” Geiman said.

        As much as Schwegmann does, Brossart coach Ray Kues will take any opportunity to point out Brossart is more than Schwegmann, and Saturday provided him with ample evidence. Geiman led the team with nine rebounds, and junior guard Jenna Schultz tied Schwegmann with four assists.

        “We just needed someone to step up,” Geiman said. “I just had my whole heart in it.”

        The Lady 'Stangs struggled to 11-of-30 shooting from the field in the first half and 27-of-55 for the game.

        What saved Brossart was its defense — it held St. Patrick scoreless for nearly six minutes. St. Patrick was 6-of-23 shooting in the first half and 16-of-44 for the game.

        Brossart (12-5) didn't fully get on track on offense until the second quarter.

        Field goals from senior forward Jessie Otto and sophomore center Sarah Christen gave the Lady 'Stangs a 15-4 lead two minutes in, and senior guard Carrie Clift's four points capped a 12-4 run and gave Brossart a 23-10 lead with 1:22 left.

        “They did what they wanted,” St. Patrick coach Jerry Ormes said. “We didn't slow them down.”

        The Lady Saints didn't slow down Schwegmann, either. She scored 14 points in the first half, and her last two 3-pointers helped Brossart to a 45-23 lead with the fourth quarter remaining.

        Senior forward Sarah Parker led St. Patrick (12-4) with 17 points.

        Brossart has made it to the state All “A” finals the last three years, with a title in 1999. Advancing that far this year would be the toughest of the four: if Brossart beats Dawson Springs or Crittenden County, Jackson County, ranked No.1 in the state and No.12 nationally by USA Today, is the likely quarterfinal opponent.

        But Kues isn't thinking that far ahead.

        “We just want to enjoy what we've accomplished this far,” he said. “We're going to hope for another miracle.”

        BISHOP BROSSART (59): Schwegmann 9 3 26, Clift 2 0 4, Schultz 2 0 4, Clark 3 0 6, Lloyd 4 0 8, Christen 3 0 6, Geiman 1 1 3, Otto 1 0 2. Totals: 25-4 59.

        MAYSVILLE ST. PATRICK (44): M. Klee 4 4 12, Parker 5 5 17, Owens 0 1 1, O'Neil 3 0 6, Conway 3 2 8. Totals: 15 12 44.

        Bishop Brossart ....... 11  14  20  14—59

        Maysville St. Patrick ....... 4  11   8  21—44

        Three-point goals: BB-Schwegmann 5; SP-Parker 2. Records: BB 12-5, SP 12-4.

        All-tournament team: Heather Howard (Nicholas County); Whitney Massey (Nicholas County); Doris Alfred (Paris); Ashley Garrard (Paris); Lisa Tucker (Bracken County); Leslie Teegarden (Augusta); Susan Grayson (Deming); Alana Bass (Silver Grove); Moria O'Neil (St. Patrick); Mary Klee (St. Patrick); Sarah Parker (St. Patrick); Carrie Clift (Bishop Brossart); Stephanie Clark (Bishop Brossart); Katie Schwegmann (Bishop Brossart).


        Academic All-stars: Macy Conway (St. Patrick); Kristen Whiteman (Augusta); Jessica Houchens (Deming); Lindsey Riley (Silver Grove); Adrienne Gilbert (Paris); Lauren Johnson (Bracken County); Heather Howard (Nicholas County); Katie Schwegmann (Bishop Brossart).

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