Brighton and Syracuse had some things in common when the two girls' basketball teams squared off Thursday night.
Both teams won their first two games of the season and both are a bit on the youthful side.
But after losing to host Brighton 62-49, Syracuse coach Rob Reisbeck pointed out what he thought was a major difference.
"We're young and they're young, but they [the Bengals] have been playing together since they were freshmen," Reisbeck said. "Our kids only one or two had a lot of playing time last year."
That relative edge in experience may have played a role as the Bengals pulled away from the Titans to start the second half.
Syracuse (2-1) cut a 13-point lead down to five just before the end of the first half.
But whatever momentum had been garnered by the Titans disappeared at the start of the third quarter. Syracuse went five minutes without scoring, which allowed Brighton (3-0) to go on a 12-0 run to gain control.
"I think that was because of our lack of game experience," Reisback said. "Our girls kind of forgot that they had been playing with them, and we kind of resorted back."
Brighton was led by McCall Christensen's 13 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior Lindsey Johnson tallied a dozen points. Johnson scored a pair of buckets during a 10-2 run to start the contest.
"We worked well as a team and just had to battle it out," Johnson said. "We knew they were going to press a lot, so we worked on the press-break in practice."
It took the Titans half of the first quarter to get their offense some momentum the same problem the visitors encountered at the start of the third quarter. Syracuse, led by Jayda Bovero's 13 points, did make one last run late in the game as a one-time 19-point Brighton lead was cut to nine with 3 minutes, 10 seconds remaining.
But a Maddie Chin basket followed by two Chin free throws stemmed the tide.
"We played good. We handled the ball well and made some shots," Brighton coach Jim Gresh said.