Bearettes Claim Fifth Straight Thanksgiving Tournament Title

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley Central Bearettes dismantled East Hamilton, 68-33, en route to the 2019 La Quinta Inn Thanksgiving Tournament Championship at Jim Smiddy Arena on Saturday night.

Jamaryn Blair led the way with 19 points and Anna Muhonen came off the bench for 17 of the 19 bench points. Anna Walker pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to go with eight points. Jamia Williams paced the Bearettes with five steals and Blair dished out a game-high six assists. 

After a back-and-forth first quarter Bradley Central (4-0) held a 12-6 lead. The Bearettes took advantage of East Hamilton (4-3) star Madison Hayes picking up her third foul and closed out the half with a, 23-14, edge.

Alexis Barnes hit a layup ten seconds into the quarter and Williams drew the fourth Hayes foul forcing her to come out of the game. The Bearettes responded with 17 unanswered points over three minutes to build their lead to 28 after a Muhonen layup with 3:51 left in the quarter. The Hurricanes were able to trim the lead to 25 on a Hayes jumper and Walker hit a shot at the buzzer and put Bradley up, 51-24, after three quarters.

The hosts continued to pour it on stretching their lead to 35 with 27 seconds to go on an Ashton Estrada layup off a Williams assist to force the running clock and Bradley Central came away with a, 68-33, victory.

This championship marks the fifth straight Thanksgiving tournament championship for the Bearettes, and eighth overall, in a tournament Bradley has hosted since the 2000-2001 season.

Hayes led the Hurricanes with 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Her sister, McKenna Hayes, was the only other player in double-digits with 12 points.

East Hamilton shot 34.2 percent (13-for-38) from the floor and a cold 18.2 percent (2-for-11) from 3-point range. The Hurricanes went 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Bearettes shot a hot 51.8 percent (29-for-56) overall while going 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) from distance. Bradley struggled from the charity stripe going 6-of-15 (40 percent).

Bradley outscored the guests, 24-11, forcing 19 Hurricane turnovers. The Bearettes continued their dominance in the paint outscoring their opponents, 44-20, in the category and outscored East Hamilton, 22-2, in second-chance scoring. 

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GAME SUMMARY

East Hamilton vs Bradley Central

11/30/19 6:30 PM EST at Cleveland, Tenn. (Jim Smiddy Arena)

At Cleveland, Tenn. (Jim Smiddy Arena)

BRADLEY CENTRAL 68, EAST HAMILTON 33

EAST HAMILTON (4-3)

Hayes, Madison 6-17 1-2 13; Hayes, McKenna 5-10 0-0 12; Strickland, Kayla

1-1 2-6 4; Petit, Emily 1-1 0-0 2; Bone, Morgan 0-0 1-2 1; Lacy, Dezah 0-8

1-2 1; Sue, Alyissa 0-0 0-0 0; Evans, Anaya 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-38 5-12 33.

BRADLEY CENTRAL (4-0)

Blair, Jamaryn 8-17 2-4 19; Muhonen, Anna 8-11 1-3 17; Mayo, Cambree 3-5 1-2

9; Walker, Anna 3-7 2-4 8; Barnes, Alexis 4-7 0-1 8; Williams, Jamia 2-6 0-0

5; Estrada, Ashton 1-1 0-0 2; Reuter, Amelia 0-0 0-0 0; Carman, Kelsey 0-0

0-0 0; Crittenden, Ashlan 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 29-56 6-15 68.

East Hamilton……………..    6 8 10 9 – 33

Bradley Central……………   12 11 28 17 – 68

3-point goals–East Hamilton 2-11 (Hayes, McKenna 2-7; Lacy, Dezah 0-1;

Evans, Anaya 0-1; Hayes, Madison 0-2), Bradley Central 4-14 (Mayo, Cambree

2-4; Williams, Jamia 1-3; Blair, Jamaryn 1-2; Crittenden, Ashlan 0-1;

Walker, Anna 0-4). Fouled out–East Hamilton-None, Bradley Central-None.

Rebounds–East Hamilton 17 (Hayes, Madison 7), Bradley Central 41 (Walker,

Anna 8). Assists–East Hamilton 4 (Hayes, Madison 3), Bradley Central 14

(Blair, Jamaryn 6). Total fouls–East Hamilton 15, Bradley Central 12.

Technical fouls–East Hamilton-None, Bradley Central-None.

2019 La Quinta Inn Thanksgiving Tournament (Game 11) (Championship)