Cheyenne Brown’s 39 Points Power Top-Ranked Martin’s Mill Past Tyler T.K. Gorman
TYLER -- There aren't too many teams that can match up with the top-ranked Martin's Mill Lady Mustangs and their dynamic duo of 6-0 posts.
And after their 69-56 victory Tuesday, that includes Tyler T.K. Gorman.
Sophomore post Cheyenne Brown racked up 39 points and 12 rebounds, while fellow six-footer Meagan Weatherford went for 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in an impressive win over the state's seventh-ranked team among large private schools.
"Obviously with a big post like that we're going to try to set an inside presence," said Martin's Mill coach Doug Barncastle of Brown. "She does a good job around the bucket. She likes to score and we like to get her the ball. She's a special player. It's always good to see her be aggressive around the bucket, making things happen for us."
Brown scored the first eight points for the Lady Mustangs (5-0), who opened the game on an 11-0 run. Brown had 14 in the first quarter alone.
"That's always nice when you've got two six-footers," Barncastle said. "It makes a big difference. It's nice with her and Weatherford. It's almost like having another player, being that big."
T.K. Gorman struggled all night matching up down low defensively.
"They have a tough combination of players inside," T.K. Gorman coach Katie Robertson said. "It's hard to guard them in any of the zone defenses because they're so fundamentally sound. They have plays that they will execute and point out the weaknesses in those zones.
"So we decided to go man-to-man. I felt like we worked hard down low, but (Martin's Mill) has a threat inside and (they have) a threat outside. It's hard to pick which one you're going to go with."
Martin's Mill dominated for most of the game despite limited minutes for senior guard Haily Jenkins, a McNeese State signee who is still working back into game shape after tearing her ACL in April.
Jenkins, who averaged 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds last season, finished with three points, five assists and four rebounds.
"She's right where we want her to be," Barncastle said of Jenkins. "We're trying to get her back in the game slow. She played a lot more minutes tonight than she's played since she started coming back. It's good to see her out there."
Senior guard Michelle Obach, who has signed for Division II Merrimack University, scored a game-high 21 points for the Lady Crusaders (5-1), who struggled to overcome the quick start from Martin's Mill.
"It took us a while to get comfortable I feel like," Robertson said. "We always know Martin's Mill ... it's a big game, they're a big team. I wanted them to be confident coming out on the floor."
Danielle Smith added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals for T.K. Gorman, which trailed by 19 entering the fourth quarter.
"I feel like they were still a little hesitant, but I feel like we came out in the second half a lot stronger and started to do the things we know how to do," Robertson said.
Martin's Mill 69, Tyler T.K. Gorman 56
At Haddad Gymnasium, Tyler
Martins' Mill 19 18 16 16 -- 69
T.K. Gorman 10 14 14 18 -- 56
MARTIN'S MILL--Cheyenne Brown, 39; Meagan Weatherford, 12; Cassidy McCoy, 6; Madison Daniel, 4; Haily Jenkins, 3; Taylor Munns, 3; Brianne Miller, 2.
T.K. GORMAN--Michelle Obach, 21; Danielle Smith, 10; Brooke Lee, 9; Courtney Fergerson 8; Allie Buzbee, 4; Susannah Williams, 4.
THREE-POINT GOALS--MM: McCoy (2), Jenkins, Munns. TKG: Obach (3), Lee.
RECORDS--Martin's Mill 5-0; T.K. Gorman 5-1.
NEXT UP--Martin's Mill at Mabank, Tuesday (Nov. 27); T.K. Gorman at Liberty-Eylau, Tuesday (Nov. 27).