Putting a damper on ringing in the new year with a win, the Ballinger Bearcats manhandled the Brady 9th girls basketball team Monday, 46-11. “We found ourselves facing a very talented group of young ladies,” said coach Micki Templeton. “The young Ballinger team shot lights out and are by far the best shooting team we have faced this year. They shoot better than most varsity teams. “We did a good job of running the offense and taking the shot if they were open, but we just could not make our shots. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, but we just had a hard time making them fall.” The Bearcats opened up the game with a 10-0 run in the first quarter as Brady struggled to get points on the board. A 9-5 run in the second gave the home team a 19-5 advantage at the half and they would never look back. The home team held the Bulldog offense in check and the Brady girls managed only six points the entire second half. “I felt like we did a good job defensively, but Ballinger did a good job of ball movement on their offense and did a great job of making their shots,” said Templeton. Scoring for Brady were Brittany Brown 1, Trista Jeffrey 7, Liana Harper 1 and Rosa Botello 2.