By David Troppens

 Offensively, the Holly varsity girls basketball team struggled offensively against the Brandon Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

 It didn’t matter because the Bronchos played the best defense they’ve played all season long.

 Holly held Brandon to six or less points in three quarters, resulting in a 35-27 road victory against the Blackhawks.

 The 27 points Holly allowed was the best performance of the season. The past lowest total was 36 points in a 41-36 road victory against the Linden Eagles on Jan. 31. It was needed considering the Eagles struggled offensively during the first half themselves

 Holly held Brandon to just five first-quarter points but only led 8-5 after one quarter. In the second quarter, the Bronchos netted just five points and trailed 15-13 at halftime.

 The Bronchos (6-10) took control in the second half. Holly outscored Brandon 12-6 in the third quarter, and then held the Blackhawks to just six fourth-quarter points as well, resulting in Holly’s win.

 Emma Tooley continues to be Holly’s offensive leader, netting a team-high 18 points. She also had five assists. Hunter Weeder netted seven points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Abby Johnson grabbed seven rebounds.

 The Bronchos host Flushing for a Flint Metro League Stripes Division contest on Friday at 6 p.m.

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