Even in victory, and even when they brought out a poster that read: “DREA BRUMFIELD 1000 PTS,” to celebrate a personal milestone — a solo achievement — the superstar senior made it about her team.
In W.F. West’s 77-24 victory over league opponent Aberdeen Thursday, Brumfield scored her 1,000th career point in the second quarter, and all she could talk about was her teammates, per coach Kyle Karnofski.
“She’s very appreciative of all of her teammates, past and present,” he said. “It says a lot about her that she wanted to make that moment about everyone that helped her get here. She’s a fantastic basketball player, but she’s an even better person. She wanted it to be a team thing, she’s just a great kid.”
Brumfield became the third Bearcat in program history to score at least 1,000 points over her career, and she accomplished the feat even after a shortened spring season due to COVID-19.
Her 17 points Thursday against the Bobcats also helped pace a versatile Bearcat attack in a sound league victory. But as always with the Bearcats (4-1, 2-0 EvCo), it started with defense.
W.F. West held Aberdeen to single-digit scoring in every quarter, and stifled any sort of offense the Bobcats tried to muster.
“Our defense was really in tune with what we wanted to do,” Karnofski said. “I’m really proud of the effort.”
Along with Brumfield, Karnofski praised the efforts of Lexie Roberts, who helped set the tone with early buckets, Carlie Deskins, who kept the momentum going with nine points and a strong floor game, and Makayla Mencke for her performance from behind the arc. Mencke made four threes and scored 15 in a strong shooting showcase.
The Bearcats will host four home games in a row, with their next being a non-league contest against 3A River Ridge on Tuesday.