Austy Miller scores for the Lady Railroaders on the road at Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)

Weary Bradford Falls to Eaton Lady Eagles.

Foul trouble hinders Lady Railroaders in non-conference road loss at Eaton

EATON – The weary Bradford Lady Railroaders have played four games in seven days and that grind seemed to have caught up them this past Monday night.  The Division IV Railroaders traveled to Eaton to play the Division II Lady Eagles.  Eaton has a deeper bench and were able to keep the game at a fast pace.  Bradford has a shallow bench and the speed of the game simply wore them down.  Bradford would fall 57-46.

“They were very athletic and tough to defend,” said Bradford coach, Chris Besecker. “Their Lily Shepard was especially difficult to defend. We hurt ourselves getting into foul trouble. We sent them to the line in the first half and that was the margin we were down because we sent them to the free throw line. But we learned, in the second half we didn’t foul near as much.”

In addition to the fast pace of the game, Bradford had two starters get in foul trouble in the first half. Post player Brooklyn Crickmore had 3-fouls by the break and Austy Miller, the leading scorer in the WOAC, had four.  This hampered their defense as both players could not afford to be too aggressive.  Miller not only played clean defense in the second half – avoiding her fifth foul which would have put her on the bench, she lead the Railroaders in scoring with 24-points.

“Austy Miller did have to ‘surrender’ a few times in the second half on defense because of her four fouls,” Besecker noted. “She did a nice job of keeping herself in the game.”

Eaton pressed most of the game. This forced the Railroaders to exert extra energy just working the ball down the court every possession. They substituted freely and were able to keep fresh bodies on the court.  Bradford played mostly zone defense during the night although they did employ a man to man defense at times.

Bradford was down by 8 at halftime 30-22, still within striking distance. But they could not find a way to stop Eagle Lily Shepard.  She scored 11 of her 25-points in the third quarter, allowing Eaton to pull ahead even more.  Although the Railroaders kept pace with the Eagles, they simply did not have the energy to make a push in the last quarter.

The 7-win and 2-loss Railroaders get two days rest before playing another road game at Lehman Catholic on Thursday.  Then they get a break before playing in the Covington Holiday tournament on December 28th and 29th.

Bradford Scoring: Austy Miller 24, Izzy Hamilton 1, Rylee Canan 15, Brooklyn Crickmore 6.

Eaton Scoring: Mize 4, Kramer 6, Shepard 25, Orr 6, Miller 5, Mowen 3, Bauman 8.

Brooklyn Crickmore goes to the Bradford free throw line at Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)
Rylee Canan scores for the Bradford Lady Roaders in non-conference play with Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)
Abby Fike launches a 3-pointer for Bradford at Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)
Bradford Lady Railroaders battle for a jump ball in Monday night game at Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)
Bradford's Brooklyn Crickmore puts up a shot in the lane for the Lady Railroaders at Eaton. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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