Brant’s rare feat leads PV past Brookfield

ANDOVER – Pymatuning Valley senior Heather Brant doesn’t generally take jump shots. That just isn’t her game. She stepped outside of her comfort zone and delivered twice to spur the Lakers past Brookfield, 39-31, Monday night at PV.

Down a point, 24-23, to open the fourth quarter, Megan Stech passed to Brant, who knocked down a jumper from the corner. Less than a minute and a half later, Kelsea Brown hit Brant, who tallied from the same exact spot to give the Lakers (19-2) the lead for the final time.

“That’s the only game in my high school career I had two jumpers,” Brant said. “Usually, I might have one. We were losing and I was open.”

At that point, the Lakers led, 27-26, with 5:43 to play.

“(Brant) hit two from the corner, we were a little late rotating,” said Brookfield coach Shawn Hammond said, whose team is 9-10. “She hit two shots late and that’s when they got going.”

Those were the last points PV scored from anywhere but the foul line. They were 10 of 10 from the line in the final 4:42 to seal the win.

Brant led all scorers with 16 points.

“Usually, I’m really off or I have a really good game,” Brant said. “I’m at about 70 percent (from the line) for the year.”

Brown added nine, Geena Gabriel had eight and Megan Stech had six to go with 17 rebounds.

“(Stech) was really important because a lot of the time, we were struggling to get rebounds.”

Ashley Kirila netted 11 points and eight boards to lead Brookfield.