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Depth pays off for Bruins

With Bryson Scott ailing, brother Brenton, Womack step up

– The Northrop boys basketball team showed the benefits of having two Scotts and a supporting cast Tuesday.

With Purdue recruit Bryson Scott battling the flu, twin brother Brenton Scott and Cory Womack combined for 38 points as Northrop pulled away from rival Carroll 58-42.

Brenton Scott led the Class 4A No. 3 Bruins with 25 points, while Womack added 13.

“He showed that he didn’t feel (like) himself, but he was able to pick up his defense at halftime,” Northrop coach Barak Coolman said of Bryson. “Our supporting cast did a great job picking it up defensively, and we really clamped it down and created some easy buckets. We wore them down a little bit, too.

“Cory Womack gave us some big minutes and got us some buckets where we could have fallen into a bigger deficit without it. We challenged our guys about picking it up and stepping up. You have to give credit to Brenton. He is really focused and playing to his potential now.”

Brenton Scott, an Indiana State recruit, had 20 points in the second half, while Womack had 11 of his 13 points in the first half and also had eight rebounds. Brenton struggled in the first half and hit only 2 of 6 from the field but rebounded in second half, shooting 7 of 10 from the field and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line.

“Every game I look to step up my game,” Brenton said. “Bryson didn’t have the best game, and he is sick right now. When he gets healthy, the score would have been a lot different.

“It is very important for our team. We need other guys than me and Bryson to step up and be able to get points and help us stay in the game if me and Bryson aren’t scoring. He gave us energy and a boost when we needed it the most.”

Bryson Scott said after the game he probably wouldn’t have played if it was another team besides Carroll, the school system he attended until he was a freshman. He had 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

“Tonight wasn’t my best game at all,” said Bryson, who added eight rebounds. “I had to battle through it. I will be back. I didn’t know if I wasn’t going to play or not. That’s no excuse for how I played tonight. I was looking forward to this game, and that’s why I played. They needed to me to play and be out on the court and be the senior leader that I am.”

The Bruins (3-0) outscored the Chargers (0-4) 30-18 in the second half as Northrop led only 28-24 at halftime.

Chandler White had 13 points and Mason Miller added 12 for Carroll.

Northrop forced 17 turnovers, which helped to jumpstart a sluggish offense.

“We looked to clamp down on defense,” Coolman said of the second half. “We wanted to keep our energy up and slow down on offense.”

The Chargers rallied after trailing 10-5 in the first quarter to take a 20-19 advantage early in the second. Northrop forced ahead a little and took the four-point halftime lead but went only a 12-1 run in the third to put the game into double digits.

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