|Delaney was ‘DELIGHTFUL’ as Tribe tops Paris
By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
PARIS—What the Montgomery County Lady Indians needed Friday night at the Early Redwine Gym was a memorable performance.
Someone to reach a little beyond their regular game and give them a shot at a road win over the Lady Hounds.
They certainly got that kind of effort from junior guard Delaney Bromagen as they scored a 50-44 victory, reversing an earlier 45-40 loss to Paris at the MCHS Arena.
The victory means that going into the district tournament draw they’ll flip a coin and either the Lady Indians will win and face Bourbon County or lose and take on Clark County.
“Even though Bourbon County will be a favorite over either team, the one that draws Bourbon will feel like they’ve got a shot at pulling an upset and getting to the region,” said Coach John High. “We’ve both lost to Clark County by such wide margins that the upset chance there is really slim.”
In order to get that chance at a coin flip the Lady Indians needed a 37-point effort from Bromagen Friday night as they overcame a sluggish first half.
Bromagen started off as if it might be the worst game of her career instead of the best.
She missed her first three field goal attempts and her first four free throws as Paris eased out to a 12-8 lead after the opening period.
Things didn’t get much better in the second period when Bromagen ended the half just two of nine from the field and two of eight from the foul line. Paris led 18-16 at the intermission.
Three minutes into the second half the Lady Hounds held a 19-16 lead and the Lady Indian offense was going nowhere.
Then Bromagen hit a three to tie the game. Two minutes later she hit another three to pull Montgomery County to within 22-21.
And she never stopped.
Another three-pointer gave the Lady Indians a 25-23 lead and then with Paris leading 27-25 Bromagen hit her fourth three-pointer of the quarter to give Montgomery County the lead for good at 28-27.
Her fifth three-pointer of the third quarter made it 31-27 and then she went inside for back-to-back field goals to push the lead to 35-27 after three periods.
In all, Bromagen scored 19 of her 37 points in the third period when she connected on five of seven three-point attempts.
Paris kept the pressure on, closing the margin to 41-39 with 2:29 left in the game.
That’s when Bromagen came up with her biggest play of the night, draining a three-pointer from the top of the key while being fouled. She hit the free throw for a four-point play that pushed the lead back out to 45-39 and the Lady Indians were able to hold on from there.
“I thought some of our players played really tight,” High said. “We talked a lot about what a big game this was for us and I think maybe a little too much.”
Although Bromagen was left to do most of the scoring in the game, her teammates did produce a 52-41 rebounding edge with sophomore Kaitlyn Barber and Makayla Harris each grabbing 11 missed shots.
“Even when you have someone taking over on offense like Delaney did, it’s still a team game,” High said. “Our interior defense was really good most of the night and even though we struggled again to handle the ball, we were just enough better in that area in the second half to get out with a win.”
The Lady Indians had 24 turnovers, seven more than Paris.
Paris got all of their points from underclassmen, led by junior guard Kiara Garrard who tossed in 14 points, most of them coming on drives to the basket in transition.
One area where the Lady Indians have been fairly consistent all season, shooting free throws, turned into a nightmare on Friday when they hit just 10 of 26 from the foul line.
“It wasn’t pretty,” High said. “We had to overcome some things. But the girls battled and we got a win.”
MCHS (50) — Delaney Bromagen 11-23 8-18 37, Kaitlyn Barber 1-4 0-0 2, Lake Williamson 2-4 0-4 4, Makayla Harris 1-7 0-0 2, Sydney Greene 1-1 0-2 3, Emilie Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Adrianne Tuttle 0-0 2-2 2, Bailey Cobb 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-42 10-26 50.
Paris (44) — Kailee Finch 3-12 2-2 8, Kiara Garrard 5-14 3-6 14, Chez Tye 3-11 2-3 9, Jayden Cunningham 1-4 2-5 4, Ciera Tye 1-6 1-1 2, Zoe Strings 3-8 0-1 6, Shelby Bradford 0-0 0-0 0, Khatina Malik 0-2 0-0 0, Akita Umar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-58 10-19 44.
MCHS 8 8 19 15 — 50
Paris 12 6 9 17 — 44
Three-point field goals — MCHS 8-19 (Bromagen 7-16, Greene 1-1); Paris 2-16 (Garrard 1-6, Chez Tye 1-1). Rebounds —MCHS 52 (Barber 11, Harris 11); Paris 41 (Chez Tye 9, Finch 7). Turnovers — MCHS 24, Paris 17. Total fouls — MCHS 16, Paris 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.