Strong three-point shooting by the Brookside Cardinals could not be stalled Saturday as they secured a 56-23 victory over the Phoenix in girls basketball action.
Oberlin started the game slowly, missing shots and allowing Brookside to take a 10-point lead before freshman Victoria Jackson hit a three-pointer with three minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Cardinals continued to push the ball and catch the Phoenix off balance, converting quick rebounds into down-court passes for easy lay-ups.
Oberlin’s Cameron Payne took control in the final seconds of the first quarter and sank a three-pointer as time ran out, making it 14-6.
The ‘Cards spread out their offense in the second quarter, moving the ball around the perimeter until they found an open teammate to hit a three. Junior Katlynn Vanzant led the way for Brookside, finishing with 10 points on the night.
The Phoenix were only able to score five points to the Cardinals’ 15 in the second quarter.
The offensive struggles continued for the Phoenix at the start of the second half, scoring three points in the third period.
Oberlin’s girls were able to slow down their Patriot Athletic Conference components in the final quarter and began to hit their shots. Bailey Wallace and Payne led their team with six points each.
The Lady Phoenix will host the Black River Pirates at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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