Thursday, March 22, 2001

Manual puts brakes on Brossart

Schwegmann held to 17 points in 75-51 loss

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Louisville DuPont Manual ended Bishop Brossart's first trip to the state tournament with a 75-51 first-round victory at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena.

        “Definitely we were excited to be here,” coach Ray Kues said. “As far as the game goes ... we weren't going to walk out of here without giving our heart and soul.”

        Brossart senior guard Katie Schwegmann, the heart and soul of Brossart's offense the last four years, finished the last game of her high school career with 17 points — nine below her state-leading average, and just six in the first half. She added four rebounds and four steals.

        But Schwegmann said being in Bowling Green Wednesday was a lot better than where she was a year ago: in a hospital having knee surgery.

        “A year later I'm playing in the Sweet Sixteen,” Schwegmann said. “You can't ask for anything else.”

        Kues called his team “overachievers” for three good reasons: a 28-7 season; its first 10th Region title; three come-from-behind wins in the regional tournament.

        But Wednesday, Brossart was in trouble from the opening tip.

        Manual senior guard Chelsey Thompson hit a 3-pointer just 14 seconds into the game. Manual extended its lead to 20-8 after one quarter and 36-15 at the half.

        The Lady Crimsons' strategy was simple: Get the ball into their taller front line of the 5-foot-11 Thompson, 6-foot senior Elizabeth Plass and 6-1 freshman Sara McKemie. Thompson, a Kansas recruit, led the Lady Crimsons with 19 points. Plass finished with 15 points. McKemie had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Chandra Brown had six points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

        “I'd like to know what they didn't have,” Kues said.

        As much as Manual relies on Thompson for her scoring (her 12.3 points per game leads the team), it was her defense on Schwegmann that determined Brossart's fate.

        Schwegmann missed her only two shots in the first quarter, and she had only one point. She finished the half with six.

        “She doesn't have many weaknesses,” Thompson said. “I just figured I could be more physical.”

        Schwegmann called Thompson's effort “the best defense against me all year.”

        In the fourth quarter, Brossart cut the deficit to 16 points at 61-45 but could get no closer.

        In the postgame press conference, Brossart players still found reason to smile about what they did this season.

        “You play with your heart,” senior forward Carrie Clift said, “and go out there and have fun.”

        BISHOP BROSSART (51): Schwegmann 7-15 2-4 17, Lloyd 0-0 0-0 0, Clift 5-10 2-6 12, Schultz 2-7 0-0 5, Clark 5-8 0-0 10, Geiman 2-5 0-0 4, Otto 1-2 1-2 3, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Cuthrell 0-0 0-0 0, Christen 0-1 0-0 0, Giglia 0-0 0-0 0, Seiter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-48 5-14 51.

        LOUISVILLE DUPONT MANUAL (75): Benberry 2-6 3-5 8, Thompson 7-11, 3-3 19, Plass 5-9 2-2 15, Brown 3-4 0-0 6, McKemie 6-6 0-0 12, Butler 3-7 0-0 6, Bolger 2-3 0-0 5, McMillion 0-0 0-0 0, Bingham 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Doolittle 1-1 0-0 2, Hohmann 0-0 0-0 0, Uhlman 0-0 0-0 0, Burton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-49 8-11 75.

        Bishop Brossart ....... 8 7 19 17-51

        DuPont Manual ....... 20 16 21 18-75

        Three-point goals: BB 2-of-6 (Schwegmann 1-2, Clift 0-1, Schultz 1-3); DM 7-of-15 (Benberry 1-4, Thompson 2-6, Plass 3-4, Bolger 1-1). Rebounds: BB 22 (Clift 6, Clark 5); DM 30 (Brown 7, McKemie 7). Fouled out: none. Assists: BB 10 (Lloyd 5); DM 16 (Brown 5). Turnovers: BB 16 (Schwegmann 8); DM 19 (Thompson 4, McKemie 4). Blocked shots: BB none; DM 6 (Brown 3). Steals: BB 9 (Schwegmann 4); DM 3 (Brown 2).Total fouls: BB 12, DM 10. Records: BB 28-7, DM 25-6.

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