With four seniors in the Bettendorf girls basketball team's starting lineup, Allison Brownson is expected to have a prominent role next winter.
The junior displayed her offensive potential Thursday night.
Brownson came off the bench and poured in a career-high 16 points as Class 5A 14th-ranked Bettendorf handled 3A seventh-ranked Davenport Assumption 63-50 at Assumption High School.
"I've had a great week of practice and teammates have been pushing me to shoot more," Brownson said. "It built up my confidence for this game."
After losing to Assumption by 15 points on Jan. 5, Bettendorf (16-5, 13-5) dictated the rematch to finish in sole possession of third place in the Mississippi Athletic Conference.
Coach Brian Tritt's squad used a 16-3 surge in the second quarter to build a 38-17 halftime lead on Assumption's senior night.
"The first time around, we didn't play good defense and were lazy on offense," Tritt said. "The message coming in was we have to lock in.
"I thought the second quarter was some of the better defense I've seen us probably play this season."
Bettendorf held Assumption to just one field goal and five points in the quarter.
Brownson and senior Emily Ivory combined for 16 of Bettendorf's 21 points in the period. Brownson canned a pair of 3s, and Ivory had the last eight points of the half.
"We really played team defense, helped each other and were in passing lanes," said Ivory, who finished with a game-high 23 points. "We were just moving our feet really well."
Brownson capitalized on her extended minutes. She made four 3-pointers and was 6 of 9 from the field.
"She's a heck of a shooter," Tritt said. "We're continuing to work on the defensive side, and she knows that, but she's not afraid to put it up.
"She has a shooter's mentality."
Assumption (13-8, 12-6), meanwhile, couldn't get much to drop in the opening half. It was 4 of 21 from the field and didn't make a 3-pointer.
"We didn't come out with a lot of effort and intensity in that first half," Assumption coach Katelyn McNamara said. "I think we put a lot of focus on senior night, not a lot of focus on playing a tough team like Bettendorf."
The Knights recognized eight seniors before the game, including Grace Jacobsen. After an ACL tear in her left knee last month, Jacobsen has been cleared by doctors to finish out the season.
She played the first 90 seconds of the game and about the last half-minute of the second quarter.
McNamara said the plan is to use her in small spurts in the postseason.
"She makes our team whole, for sure," McNamara said.
Kylie Wroblewski finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who played nine players in the opening half.
Despite seeing a 25-point third-quarter lead dwindle to nine in the final minute, Tritt is pleased with the progress of his team.
The Bulldogs have more than a week off before opening postseason play Feb. 17 at home against Davenport Central.
"We're excited to lock in for the postseason," Tritt said.
The Knights have little time to sulk. They open the postseason at home Saturday night against Northeast.
McNamara used an assortment of combinations Thursday to get something to click. Hannah Wislander came off the bench to score 11 points and grab six rebounds.
"Right now, we're looking for consistency," McNamara said. "We need to start seeing that for sure."