HELENA — The Capital High Bruins girls basketball team played together as a unit and defeated the Flathead Bravettes 46-21 behind a powerful defensive effort on Friday at the Bear’s Den, keeping their unbeaten streak alive.
“I thought defensively we were great again,” coach Bill Pilgeram said. “Defensively I loved our energy. I thought we were very solid as a unit. United together.”
Capital (6-0) jumped out to a 15-5 lead after one quarter, a defensive testament of what was to come. The Bruins held Flathead to single digits scoring in each quarter, stifling the Bravettes (1-6) with a mixture of defenses.
The Bruins went through their man-to-man, zone and full-court pressure. Keeping their opponents off guard, Capital showed its prowess in each phase.
“We tried to switch it up,” Pilgeram said. “We need to keep doing that. We want our defense to keep the other team uncomfortable. I think part of that is switching defenses and being able to do that on the fly and keep teams off balance.”
Clara Vandenbosch gave the Bravettes most of their offense, scoring a team-high 11 on 5 of 11 shooting, but it was few and far between as the Bruins’ offense shined brighter on Friday.
Capital took a 25-10 lead into halftime and never let the Bravettes inch back into the game. When Flathead scored the first four points of the third quarter, a timeout quelled the run. Capital respond with 11 points and Flathead never scored again in the third.
The Bruins were paced by Sydney Sheridan’s 13 points and Kacie Gross’ eight. Taylor Sullivan also commanded a lot of attention, scoring five points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing three assists and blocking two shots.
“The biggest thing that I thought really got my attention was the strength of the unit, the fist, the five together,” Pilgeram said. “I didn’t think anyone stood out more than other ones. I thought we went 7 or eight deep and kept rolling.”
Capital outscored the Bravettes 10-4 in the fourth quarter, ending the game shooting 46 percent from the field. Capital’s defense held Flathead to a 25 percent outing from the field.
And the Bruins will be right back at it.
Capital has a Saturday afternoon date with Glacier (4-2), which gave Helena all it could handle before falling 43-39 on Friday.
“Glacier gave Helena a run at it,” Pilgeram said. “They’ll be one where we really have to match their intensity. They’re going to want a physical, slower game. It’s going to be a battle of wills with that. We’ve got to defend our home court in the conference games and do those same things we did today and then finish up some of the points we left out there.”