The Brewbaker Tech fans stuck around for a few extra minutes, leading one of the school’s coaches to find a switch and start turning off some lights.
But the Rams didn’t take the hint.
“We don’t have to do that anymore,” one yelled. “We’re at home.”
Brew Tech christened its on-campus gym Thursday with a 74-61 win over Ashford in a Class 4A girls subregional.
One of its senior stars scored the first basket, another senior star hit crucial fourth-quarter free throws, a junior reserve scored a career high and the Rams (22-1) rolled into the 4A South Regional.
Brew Tech will play Clarke County at 9 a.m. Thursday in Dothan.
“A perfect way to open,” coach Cynthia Thompson said. “No. Scratch that. I’m not going to say it was perfect.
“It was a good way to open.”
Brew Tech, for the first 10 years of its varsity basketball existence, roamed the city for its home sites. Many times, their hosts would switch off the lights soon after the buzzer in hopes of a quick trip home.
No longer do the Rams have that problem.
“This was our first game in this gym,” said senior guard Shelby Williams, who hit eight free throws in the final 21/2 minutes and scored 22 points.
“We had to get this win.”
Senior Ashley Asouzu — she and Williams were both starters on Brew Tech’s 2011 state championship team — scored the gym’s first basket.
She stole a pass and went the length of the court for a layup 38 seconds into the game, making school history.
“It means a lot,” Asouzu said. “Everybody had been talking about it non-stop. Everybody wanted to be the first one.”
Asouzu finished with 14 points, while junior reserve Felicia Pledger and sophomore starter Sharde Thomas had 13 each. It was Pledger’s career high, by far.
“She got out there and did an excellent job,” Thompson said. “She may get two points here or there, but never 13.”
Pledger had seven points in the second quarter, including five in a game-changing run. The Rams, up just 25-20, hit a 14-3 spurt to lead by 16.
The Yellow Jackets (21-11) never pulled closer than nine points again.
“She came in and stepped up like we’ve wanted all season,” Williams said. “We want all of our players to step up like that. When one of us is down, somebody needs to fill the void.”
Crisshada Rogers finished with 27 points for Ashford.