Bradley Takes Down Crosstown Rival Cleveland In District Opener

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley Central Bearettes opened up District 5 AAA play with a, 67-52, victory over crosstown rival Cleveland on Friday inside Jim Smiddy Arena.

Anna Walker paced Bradley (5-2, 1-0 District 5 AAA) with 22 points and eight rebounds to lead all players. Jamaryn Blair recorded 15 points of her own as Anna Muhonen dropped in 13 and Alexis Barnes had 12.

Bradley Central scored the first five points of the game on their first two possessions and never looked back in the win.

Cleveland (6-5, 1-1 District 5 AAA) evened things up with a 3-pointer just six seconds into the second quarter and the Bearettes answered with a five-point spurt to regain the lead with an Amelia Reuter three and a pair of Barnes free throws. The two teams then went back-and-forth and Bradley went into the locker room with a two-point lead at the half. 

Bradley came out and quickly took a seven-point advantage with a Walker three and Muhonen layup on their opening possessions before Bailey Anderson hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to just one with 5:37 to go in the quarter. They continued the see-saw affair until the Bearettes finished up the period on an 8-0 run over the final two and a half minutes to take a, 46-37, lead into the final quarter.

The hosts then stretched their lead to double digits for the first time on a pair of Walker free throws with 5:53 to go to jumpstart a 9-0 run. Bradley did not let Cleveland back into the game after that eventually stretching their lead to the largest of the night with a Walker layup to make the score 67-47 with 49 seconds left.

Mariah Person led the Cleveland offense with 13 points and Kara Williams had 11 of her own. Williams paced Cleveland with sevens rebounds and two assists while Alexia Jackson led the charge on defense with four steals.

Cambree Mayo and Ashlan Crittenden paced Bradley with three assists each and Crittenden and Blair had two steals apiece. 

The Bearettes scored 24 points off 16 Cleveland turnovers and dominated in the paint outscoring the guests, 30-20, in the category. Bradley took advantage of 12 offensive rebounds for 21 second-chance points and the bench outscored their counterparts, 17-5, in non-starter scoring.

Cleveland shot 37.8 percent (14-for-37) overall and 30 percent (3-of-10) from 3-point range. The Lady Blue Raiders were 21-for-32 (65.6 percent) from the free-throw line.

Bradley went 20-for-50 (40 percent) from the floor but only 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from distance. The Bearettes shot 74.2 percent (22-of-31) from the charity stripe.

Up next the Bearettes will continue district action as they take on East Hamilton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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Cleveland vs Bradley Central

12/13/19 6:00 PM EST at Cleveland, Tenn. (Jim Smiddy Arena)

At Cleveland, Tenn. (Jim Smiddy Arena)



Person, M. 4-11 3-5 13; Williams, K. 2-10 6-8 11; Anderson, B. 3-5 3-5 9;

Jackson, A. 3-5 2-4 8; Droke, B. 2-4 2-2 6; Rouse, M. 0-1 2-2 2; Chestnutt,

J. 0-1 2-4 2; Alvarado, R. 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 14-37 21-32 52.


Walker, Anna 6-13 8-11 22; Blair, Jamaryn 5-12 4-7 15; Muhonen, Anna 4-9 5-6

13; Barnes, Alexis 3-3 6-7 12; Reuter, Amelia 1-1 0-0 3; Crittenden, Ashlan

1-2 0-0 2; Mayo, Cambree 0-4 0-0 0; Carman, Kelsey 0-0 0-0 0; Williams,

Jamia 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 23-31 67.

Cleveland…………………   11 13 13 15 – 52

Bradley Central……………   14 12 20 21 – 67

3-point goals–Cleveland 3-10 (Person, M. 2-3; Williams, K. 1-6; Rouse, M.

0-1), Bradley Central 4-19 (Walker, Anna 2-6; Reuter, Amelia 1-1; Blair,

Jamaryn 1-4; Crittenden, Ashlan 0-1; Mayo, Cambree 0-4; Williams, Jamia

0-3). Fouled out–Cleveland-Anderson, B.; Rouse, M., Bradley Central-None.

Rebounds–Cleveland 30 (Williams, K. 7), Bradley Central 32 (Walker, Anna

8). Assists–Cleveland 3 (Williams, K. 2), Bradley Central 10 (Crittenden,

Ashlan 3; Mayo, Cambree 3). Total fouls–Cleveland 25, Bradley Central 22.

Technical fouls–Cleveland-Anderson, B., Bradley Central-None.