CLAYTON -- A battle of top-10 teams started a four-game day at the Hendricks County basketball tournament at Cascade High School.
Brownsburg and Plainfield will meet in the county semifinal after winning big in their openers against Danville and Cascade, respectively, and hope to earn a spot in the county final against the winner of Avon and Tri-West.
Here's what happened in Wednesday's opening games:
Bulldogs smother Warriors with defense
Danville committed 28 turnovers in their 53-37 loss to Brownsburg to open the county girls' basketball tournament.
Succumbing to Brownsburg's full-court pressure and tough man-to-man defense, the Warriors never looked comfortable apart from the first quarter where they led 14-8.
The Class 4A No. 9 Bulldogs (13-2), too, struggled with taking care of the ball, coughing it up 20 times with nine turnovers coming in the first period alone. Yet, unlike the Class 3A No. 5 Warriors (12-4), Brownsburg was able to clean it up, which led to a 19-3 blitz in the second quarter and later a 10-0 run to start the second half.
Allison Bosse led the charge for Brownsburg with 17 points, scoring all but five of them in the second half. Ally Becki and Mackenzie Stien each chipped in 10. Stien also recorded five rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Her presence was especially felt late in the fourth quarter when Danville cut the deficit to within eight, scoring five straight points for Brownsburg.
Jenna Cowart and Maddie Patterson led the way for Danville with 11 points each. Ella Collier was held to just five points, all coming in the first half, her lowest output since her freshman season.
Collier was the clear focus for Brownsburg on defense, limiting her touches and clogging up passing lanes to deny chances at the ball. The few times she was able to get the ball she quickly double teamed and forced to give it up. Instructions from the bench, most loudly from starting Bulldog forward Roni Roberts, reminded the Brownsburg defenders who the most dangerous threat to score on the court was for Danville.
Brownsburg will move on to face Plainfield on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. It's a rematch of last year's county tournament final that the Quakers (5-10) 50-46. Brownsburg downed Plainfield 75-40 in their second game this season. Danville will battle Cascade this Saturday at 10 a.m. for fifth place. Danville took down the Cadets (3-11) 56-49 earlier in the season.
Plainfield too much for Cadets
Plainfield held the Cadets to just four made shots in the first half -- only one in the second quarter -- on their way to a 57-31 drubbing of the host Cadets.
Half-court pressure by the Quakers (6-10) kept Cascade from getting into any offensive sets and their in-your-face man-to-man defense forced them into countless turnovers. Plainfield started the second quarter on a 7-0 run that spanned four minutes before Cascade sank their first and only basket of the period. Yet, their best effort on defense came towards the beginning of the third quarter when they kept Cascade behind the timeline for a 10-second violation.
The Quakers also had a distinct advantage in the post with senior Kaiah Haberkorn, who scored 19 points and had seven rebounds against the Cadets (3-11). She scored eight straight points in the third quarter and the Quakers' first two buckets of the fourth before sitting down for a well-deserved extended breather.
Cascade managed to string some solid offense together in the third quarter behind Halle Cansdale, Madi Mayes and Juliana Schmidt. The trio scored all but two of the Cadets' 13 points in the stanza with Carly Gibbs getting the other bucket.
Schmidt and Gibbs led the way for Cascade with seven points each while Cansdale added in six. Other than Haberkorn's 19, the Quakers were led by Ellie Wilkerson's eight points and six rebounds as well as Maycee Woods and Sarah O'Day's combined 14 points.
Plainfield will battle Brownsburg in Thursday night's semifinal at 7:30 p.m. while Cascade gets a rematch with Danville on Saturday at 10 a.m. for fifth place.
Dylan Trimpe writes for the Hendricks County Flyer. Follow him on Twitter @Trimp3