Brown sisters combine for 29 points in loss
Brown to Brown to Brown. It happened a couple times. The three Palisade sisters showed on Saturday what fans will see from Bulldogs girls basketball the next couple of years: Fast breaking, dishing inside and outside and vice versa, a family teaming up for two points, sometimes three.
But the full-court press of Durango (5-2), coupled with Palisade’s 13 of 26 shooting from the free-throw line, was a difference in Durango’s 53-45 win over the Bulldogs during the final day of the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational.
Also, Durango center Emily McCue happened to hit a groove. She had 23 points, going 11 for 11 from the free-throw line.
“My free throws weren’t falling until tonight,” McCue said. “I was just on target tonight.”
As for the Palisade turnovers on the fast break — a couple came midway through the fourth quarter and helped cushion Durango’s lead — there are worse ways to turn the ball over.
“We were missing some layups because we were flying, missing some open passes,” Palisade coach Danielle Bagwell said. “It’s all because they were hustling. You can’t fault hustle and fight.”
Casey Brown led the Bulldogs (2-4) in scoring with 14 points.
In the second quarter, Palisade connected Browns. Jenna Brown, a junior post player, kicked the ball out to point guard Casey Brown, a sophomore, who dished the ball over to the freshman. Ashlyn Brown buried the 3-pointer.
Ashlyn Brown proceeded in the quarter to show why she’s grown up playing against older sisters, making consecutive steals, one in which she drove and dished the ball to Casey Brown for a layup. Ashlyn Brown scored 10 points.
After trailing 14-7 after the first quarter, Palisade tied the game at 14-14 only one minute into the second quarter.
“We had openings and crisp things,” Ashlyn Brown said, “such as cuts and passes, and our shots were going in.”
But that pesky Durango full-court press ...
“Mistakes beat us,” Jenna Brown said.
But dominating the periodic turnovers was Casey Brown dipping by defenders and sometimes going the entire court for a layup.
“Their guards were real fast,” Durango coach Nancy Smith said. “What we tried to do was pressure the ball, but sit on their right hand and turn them left. And we wanted to give them space so we could recover.”
Also for Palisade, Cruz Maestas had seven points. Billie Schott and Jenna Brown had five apiece.
All told, the Browns had 29 points, and their three-Brown scoring connections demand a nickname.
“That’s nerdy,” Jenna Brown said.