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Fourth-quarter scoring drought dooms Western in KLAA tourney loss to Brighton WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Western's Alyssa Murray (2) is fouled as she goes in for a shot vs. Brighton. Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western's Alyssa Murray (2) goes in for a shot over Brighton's Lauren Brown (30) and Sophie Dziekan. Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western's Kailee Ford (5) loses the handle on her dribble, as she's closely guarded by Brighton's Dana Schemanske. Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Walled Lake Western watched a 10-point third-quarter lead evaporate, as Brighton went on a 15-0 run to win the KLAA tournament opener, 41-35, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)

BRIGHTON >> When you’re not used to scoring in bunches, occasionally you’ll surprise yourself.

And occasionally, it’ll lead right back to a cold spell.

Always challenged to score a ton of points, Walled Lake Western posted 16 first-quarter points in Tuesday’s KLAA Lakes Conference tournament opener, and pushed the resulting early lead to a 10-point margin over the host Brighton Bulldogs late in the third quarter.

Then, the scoring went away, as the Bulldogs went on a 15-0 run to take the lead for good, sinking free throws when they needed to, in order to seal a 41-35 win.

“We did some really good things tonight, and we did some other things. And they took advantage of us in the spots they had to. They hit all their free throws, or most of them,” said Western coach Skip Stevenson, whose team scored 28 points combined in the first and third quarters, and seven combined in the second and fourth. “I’m not disappointed in terms of the effort we put in. Now, we’ve got three games left and the purpose is to get better in those games.”

While the Warriors (13-4, 9-1 KLAA North) drop into the consolation bracket, and will play Livonia Stevenson on Thursday, the Bulldogs (12-5, 6-4 KLAA West) get a rematch with West Division champ Hartland (16-1, 10-0 KLAA West) in Thursday’s second round.

[KLAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET, SCORES]

With both teams suffering from hangovers after stressful final games of the regular season, it was a messy first half, with Western’s Sarah Rachiele banking in a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer, supplying as many points as the Warriors would score in the entirety of the second quarter, still good for a 19-13 lead at the half.

Brighton struggled to score early, as well, but got it figured out after halftime, and — once the Bulldogs got behind 31-20 late in the third quarter — outscored the Warriors by a 21-4 margin the rest of the way.

“Yeah, no question we were concerned, but normally we shoot better than we had for the first part of the game, so we assumed shots would start to drop,” Brighton coach Paul Ash said.

“But we also weren't offensive rebounding very hard, and sometimes when you aren’t shooting very well, you gotta get an extra possessions. So that was really our emphasis last halftime, ‘Hey, let’s get extra possessions.’

“We went to the press, and we turned them over a couple of times, and we got those extra possessions, and we finally scored. And then once you get ahead, you start to relax, and shots go in. It’s how basketball is.”

Western started out the second half on a 6-0 run, pushing its lead to double digits. It would get there again when Janara Flowers (team-high 10 points) completed a three-point play, hot on the heels of a three-point play by Sari Cureton.

“Obviously the first half, the plan was to play everybody, and we did. Of course, that’s what happens when you do stuff like that — we hit a few shots, and everything was on the upswing,” Stevenson said. “At halftime, depending on what the score was, I might have turned around and done the whole thing again. So now, we put ourselves in position to do something, so now you gotta say ‘We gotta give it a shot.’ So we give it a shot.”

After that 31-20 lead, though, it was all downhill.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to just one point, 31-30, on two Sophie Dziekan free throws a minute into the fourth quarter, then took the lead on a pair of free throws by Emily Dunn with 5:15 left. The Bulldogs senior would provide the biggest offensive play of the night, grabbing her own free-throw miss, and putting it back for a 37-31 lead with 3:38 left.

“That was huge. No question. That type of play, where it’s an even game, and it could still swing either way, that’s a huge play. And you want your seniors to make special plays like that on senior night,” Ash said. “I think we were a little flat from that Howell loss on Friday. We really put a lot into that game, so we just didn’t come out with a lot of energy tonight, and we’re an energy team. We gotta play hard or we’re just not very good.”

Western would get two back on a long Flowers jumper — their first score of the fourth quarter with 2:28 left, making it 39-33 — but would get just one more bucket the rest of the way.

Last Updated: 2/14/2017 11:16:48 PM EST


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