STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD
The Brentwood Lady Bruins squared off against the Independence Lady Eagles in 11-AAA district consolation play Wednesday evening at Centennial.
Indy would hold on in a low-scoring contest, 4-2, to stay alive in the tournament, one that stayed tense until the final inning.
Independence coach Shane Buchanan said he was glad to get the win, but it was a win too close for comfort.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It’s great to win. But I didn’t know we were going to win until the very last out. They battled us, and they deserved credit. They’re a well coached team.”
While the Lady Eagles advance, the season ends for the Lady Bruins.
Brentwood coach Erica Powell shared her thoughts on the game and season as a whole, but first complimented her counterpart on the opposite bench.
“First of all I’m 100% behind Shane Buchanan,” she said. “I want him to win it all. I think he’s a great coach, and he has a great team. He’s gone over there, and done great things. I think we had a great year.
“We lost our All-American Pitcher, and we fought all the way and finished third regular season. I’m proud of them. What makes me the most proud is we hear people we play whose season ends, and it doesn’t bother them.
“But my kids stand out here for 20 minutes and cry and hug each other because we’re a family. And they’re best friends. I think doing something right with my programs where kids want to stay.”
Independence will now face Page at Franklin’s field at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, should the weather hold.
The Lady Rebels play Dickson Co. at 7:30 p.m.