BIRMINGHAM – It was just one of those days when nothing went right for Brewbaker Tech.
Fast-break layups rolled out, normally crisp passes were just out of reach. It all happened at the worst time for the Rams, who fell to Wenonah 49-29 in the Class 5A state championship game in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on Saturday.
After the game, an emotional coach Cynthia Thompson made an emphatic claim.
“We’re definitely going to be back,” Thompson said. “We’re coming back.”
Wenonah’s Faith Reynolds steals the ball from Brewbaker Tech’s Michaia Fluellen in the 5A state championship game at the AHSAA State Finals at Legacy Arena at BJCC in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday February 28, 2015.
Wenonah’s fast start kept the Rams at bay, and a strong performance by tournament MVP Kaitlyn Rodgers kept them from coming back. Rodgers sparked the Dragons with four points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals.
As bad as things went for the Rams, that’s how well it went for the Dragons. Wenonah scored on its first five possessions and shot 49 percent for the game.
“I’m very proud of my girls. They kept their heads up and played hard,” Thompson said. “We didn’t get back on defense the way we were supposed to, and we didn’t box out like we’re supposed to. Normally we’re pretty good on the boards. We’re pretty strong on the inside and our guards normally get to the basket. We just had a little trouble, and obviously they had a great game.”
Bianca Jackson led the Rams with 11 points, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals. Michaia Fluellen had eight points and four boards.
Brew Tech came in averaging almost 60 points per game, but didn’t score more than eight in a quarter. Brew Tech also had 28 turnovers compared to Wenonah’s 16.
“It was a really good experience. It’s something that I’ve never been able to do before, so to be able to come here is a life lesson and a very good experience,” Jackson said. “We just have to learn from it and prepare better for next year.”