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Bradley Central Bearettes aim to extend perfect season

Perfection is extremely difficult.

So far, the Bradley Central Bearettes have done it.

The Bearettes closed out the regular season Monday with a perfect 27-0 record.

15 young ladies make up the Bearettes.

The very talented junior Rhyne Howard is a focal point.

And the five seniors on this team want to make a lifetime memory by winning state.

All season, the Bearettes have dominated opponents.

On Monday, they beat a good Maryville team by 28 points.

The Bearettes have only been challenged three times.

They remain hungry and want the state title.

Senior Emma Kate Brown put it this way, "How far is there to go and we'll go there. We're a pretty special team and when we get together, we're really good. We can go as far as we can let ourselves."

They scored 97 in one game and held a couple of teams to 15 points.

Make no doubt, defense is their strong suit.Coach Jason Reuter preaches it every day. Reuter said, "Defensively is where we hang our hat. This (Monday's game against Maryville) was a good test for us. We don't play again until Saturday. A lot of people don't like to play a real good team right before a tournament. But this was good for us."

Brown reiterated that defense has been ingrained in them. "We aren't exactly the strongest or the fastes, but we know where to go and that's what makes us special. He has trained us every day."

They have defenders.

They have shooters.

And they have Howard, a junior that major colleges across the country are recruiting.

The perfect season thus far means a lot to Reuter. "I'm a blessed man. I've got some realy hard-nosed kids that are very talented and they play very hard for me. I mean what a journey, you don't want it to end."

For seniors like Brown, the accomplishment is special. "It's amazing. It's something I'll always remember. It's something that everyone else will know us for and that's incredible to have something to be able to say, 'Yea, we went undefeated.'"

But Reuter cautioned, the bigger prize lies ahead. "This record we're on, you want to keep playing and you'd like to play every night. But this thing is starting to come down like a funnel and we will be judged on how we do come tournament time."

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