Brandon Hall News:
Lady Panthers Win AAC Basketball Championship for First Time in 12 YearsFebruary 18, 2013
The Lady Panthers entered the season with expectations of an improvement over their 4th place finish in 2011-2012. There was no way of knowing that this improvement would mean blowing through the AAC with a 10-1 record leading up to the championship game. In only the program’s second year after a 3-year hiatus, the Lady Panthers have proved themselves the team to beat.
Before the Lady Panthers were able to cut down the nets they would face a talented, experienced opponent in the Howard Hawks. The Hawks came into the game as the number 2 seed, and took Brandon Hall to overtime in the first contest.
The first half lived up to its billing as each team went back and forth, with Brandon Hall’s Khari Howard finding her range from the elbow, and Howard’s Katya Diamond knocking down her trademark 3 pointers. The half time score found Brandon Hall with a slim 15-12 advantage.
In the 2nd half, the Lady Panthers took over the contest as Lexi Stein created numerous turnovers and turned them into baskets at the other end. Brandon Hall won the 3rd stanza 14-3 and held a 12-point lead at the end of the 3rd. The overflow crowd could sense a Panther title, but with the 3-point shooters that Howard had, it was still anyone’s game.
Brandon Hall kept their composure under the Hawks pressure and ended up cruising to a 36-22 victory. Lexi Stein led Brandon Hall with 16 points while Khari Howard also scored 11. The celebration ensued as this group of young ladies helped Brandon Hall win its first girl’s championship title since the 2000-2001 season.