Broadmoor tops Ellender, advances to face No. 1 seed

Broadmoor senior Erica Teschke hit two free throws with 43 seconds remaining as the Bucs defeated Ellender 46-42 in a Class 4A girls basketball bidistrict playoff game Monday night at BHS.

Teschke scored 13, Mikayla Crockett 10, Honchea Thornton 10 and Shantrell Lumar seven to pace 16th-seeded Broadmoor (21-7). Sage Scott and Sky Jasper scored eight apiece to pace 17th-seeded Ellender (16-7).

Broadmoor led 44-36 with 5:03 remaining following a Thornton layup. Ellender’s Shakira Bingham hit four free throws, and Amari Banks hit a layup off an inbound pass with 1:03 left as Ellender held the Bucs scoreless for more than four minutes to pull within 44-42.

Broadmoor went into its stall offense, and Teschke drew the foul and hit both shots after she had missed her previous four free throws. Ellender then missed five field goal attempts in the final minute.

“We spend a lot of time in practice working on our stall,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “We had five players on the floor who can handle the ball. Erica Teschke is a tremendous player for us. She’s very composed and can really drive the ball.”

Broadmoor advanced to a Thursday regional game at top-seeded Warren Easton.

“I thought Broadmoor displayed good team work and has good speed,” Ellender coach Kenneth Dixon said. “Broadmoor handled the ball well, was patient on offense and fast down the floor. Speed kills and they outrebounded us. We’re excited that we finished second in district and played a lot of promising freshmen and sophomores this season.”

Ellender led 6-4 after one quarter. Broadmoor went on an 8-2 run to open the second as Teschke scored six points. Her third basket was a beautiful layup off a ball fake that put the Bucs up 12-8.

Ellender went on a 9-1 run to pull ahead 18-13 as Scott scored five points. Lumar scored five points, and Crockett hit a 3-pointer as the Bucs roared back with an 8-0 run. Ellender’s Kiara Scott scored on a baseline jumper to cut Broadmoor’s lead to 25-23 at the half.

Ellender charged back to tie the score at 34 late in the third quarter. Broadmoor’s Cinnamon Hankton picked up a loose ball and scored, and Jasmine Foster hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer as the Bucs led 39-34.

“Ellender was very physical and aggressive early in the game,” Gillette said. “Once the girls got adjusted to the style of play, they were able to pull it out. We played better defense. We didn’t play a perfect game, but we did enough to win.

“We advanced to the quarterfinals last year, and that experience should help in the next round. We know Warren Easton is very good. We’re going to go up there and give it our best shot.”