CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Jason Reuter says he looks for perfection out of his Bradley Central girls' basketball team.
In Tuesday's season opener, the Bearettes veteran coach witnessed close to that in the second half of a 71-37 rout of Baylor inside Jim Smiddy Arena.
"We are always trying to win championships," said Reuter, who's entering his 11th season as head coach. "I want perfection, knowing I won't get it. But overall, I was very pleased with our girls. We have a very deep and talented team and showed that. Our kids played really, really hard and were tough. We take a lot of pride in trying to start fast in the second half and did so tonight."
While Raegyn Conley had a strong offensive showing with 23 points, including 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, Baylor could not fight back from a 32-22 halftime deficit.
Bradley Central used a 21-0 run in the second half and led by as many as 39 points late in a rematch of last year's opener of teams that made runs to the Class AAA quarterfinals and the Division II-AA state semifinals last season.
The Bearrettes got a stout effort from senior Anna Muhonen in the paint as she collected six offensive rebounds and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.
The recent Lee University signee got help from fellow seniors Kelsey Carman (11 points, 3 assists) and Jamia Williams (4 steals, 3 assists).
"We have been working for so long and were really fired up to play today," Muhonen said. "Coach Reuter pushes us hard every day in the gym. We couldn't do it without our coaches. But we also push each other as a team and that's what can make us really good and hard to beat."
Ooltewah 48, Signal Mountain 38: The Owls used strong first and fourth quarters, outsourcing the Eagles 34-23 in those two periods, to win their season-opener. Deleon Petty scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead Ooltewah, while A.J. Hyndman scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Chris Styles added 10 points. Braden Welford led the Eagles with 11 points.
Ooltewah 83, Marion County 53: A fast start again helped the Owls take a commanding double-digit lead in the first quarter of their second game of the day. Ooltewah remained in control throughout each of the following three quarters, led by three double-digit scorers — Deleon Petty with 16 points, A.J. Hyndman and Chris Styles each with 14.
Soddy-Daisy 64, East Ridge 40: The Trojans jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and continued to pull away from there. Logan Ricketts scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to lead Soddy-Daisy and Will Ackerman added 12. Cadion Harris led East Ridge with 19 and Devon Anderson finished with 11.
Notre Dame 81, Whitwell 33: The Fighting Irish connected on 14 3-pointers, including five by Bryson Smith, who scored his game-high 21 points in the first half. Cole McCormick added 13 points and Tim Vaughn 10 for Notre Dame. Ethan Hawk led the Tigers with 14 points.
Richard Hardy 69, Lookout Valley 43: The Hawks had four scorers finish in double digits, led by Mason Prince's game-high 20 points, while Austin Bass added 14, Carlos Wong 12 and Wyatt Hulvey 11. Richard Hardy extended a four-point second-quarter lead by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 24-14 before the half. Jaylen Bates led Lookout Valley with 18 points and Richard Canales added 11.
Sale Creek 44, Oakdale 41: The Lady Panthers rallied from a halftime deficit for the non-district win, limiting Oakdale to just two field goals in the deciding fourth quarter. Kayla Phillips and Lillie Morgan each scored 14 to lead the Lady Panthers.
McMinn Central 64, Silverdale Baptist 41: Kellau Baker led all scorers with 17 points, including 10 in the second quarter, to help the Lady Chargers pull away for the non-district win. Molly Masingale added 10 for McMinn Central, while Bentlee Stiner and Becca Lamb each had 8 points for Silverdale Baptist.
Soddy-Daisy 73, East Ridge 8: Twelve players scored for the Lady Trojans in the non-district matchup, led by Jada Trimiar's 10 points. Soddy-Daisy held the Lady Pioneers scoreless in the second quarter.
Richard Hardy 51, Lookout Valley 18: The Lady Hawks held Lookout Valley to just seven points in the first half in taking control and pulled away with a 31-11 second-half run. Keely Gribble led Richard Hardy with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, while Skye Eddington led Lookout Valley with 10 points.
Model 49, Chattooga 7: Joseph Wallace rushed for 240 yards and five touchdowns as Model (5-4, 3-2) rolled to the Region 7-AA win. The Blue Devils, who out-gained the Indians 335-69, can clinch the region's No. 3 playoff seed with a win Saturday against Gordon Central, which would also give Chattooga (3-7, 2-4) the No. 4 seed.