Bryant outscores Brimley in Newberry’s easy win

NEWBERRY — Only for fans of Taylor Bryant could Monday look like a disappointing night for the Newberry High School girls basketball star.

The senior two-time all-stater scored 35 points to lead the Indians to an easy 71-26 victory over visiting Brimley in a game moved up from Wednesday on the original schedule.

But Bryant missed her third consecutive triple-double, though she netted eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists.

“Brimley stayed in a 2-3 zone the entire night,” NHS coach Fred Bryant said.

“We took Taylor out of her normal role and put her in the middle, even though she’s only 5-(foot)-6.

“She never had to take a shot from more than 15 feet away from the basket all night.”

Bryant finished by making 15 of 20 shots from the field.

But not everything was rosy for either father or daughter after Newberry held leads of just 15-11 after one quarter and 35-19 at the half.

“We came out a little flat,” Fred Bryant said.

“Brimley outhustled us and got to more loose balls and got more than rebounds than us in the first half.

“I explained at halftime that we can’t think we can just show up for some games and expect to win.”

Megan Grigg added 11 points for Newberry, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Upper Peninsula Conference.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.