INDIANAPOLIS – With a raucous home crowd and a healthy lineup, including senior guard Myja White, the 3A No. 10 Brebeuf Braves (8-5) are tough to beat.

Guerin Catholic found this out the hard way. The Golden Eagles (9-6) lost to their Circle City Conference rival, 61-46, Saturday night in front of a capacity Brebeuf crowd.

White, who has missed a number of games this season with an ankle injury, was out in full force. The University of Miami (Ohio) recruit gave Guerin fits, leading all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

“When White’s playing, they’re really, really good,” Guerin head coach Pete Smith said after the game. “They’re a good team. They’re better than an 8-5 record, because (White) missed like six games. I told him before the game, ‘I’m glad you’re back, but I wish you had come back next week.’”

The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start, grabbing a 4-0 lead, but the Braves responded and took control of the game by scoring the next 16 points, including seven from White.

“The first few possessions of the game I thought we followed our game plan perfectly,” Smith said. “We played everyone like we’re supposed to, but then we started going behind screens and White made us pay.”

White and teammate Simon Banks both buried open 3-pointers in the opening quarter to help the Braves build their early lead. Banks also scored in double figures with 13 points. White finished the game 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Brebeuf led 25-10 at halftime.

The Braves gave Guerin problems on the defensive end as well. The Golden Eagles are accustomed to pounding teams in the paint with their two 6’7 senior towers – Jack Hansen and Zach Munson. But Brebeuf’s defensive intensity made things tough on these big guys and the Guerin guards as well.

“They were more physical,” Smith said. “(I’m) disappointed that we didn’t match their physicality that took us out of our style of play…When we ran a few backdoors and got the back-door cut, they blocked shots. They blocked more shots than most teams do against us.”

Officially, the Braves blocked four shots, but Brebeuf defenders made nearly every Guerin attack at the rim difficult. Hansen (14) and Munson (12) still both finished in double figures, but both converted less than 50 percent of their attempts.

After a dreadful first half, the Golden Eagles bounced back nicely in the third quarter. Guard Luke Godfrey jumpstarted things by making back-to-back 3’s. Guerin scored 10 quick points, equaling its entire first-half output, in only three minutes, cutting the Brebeuf lead to 30-20. The Golden Eagles reduced the Braves’ advantage to nine, 39-30, by the end of the quarter.

But the Brebeuf offense came back to life in the fourth quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, White tallied seven points in the fourth, including two backbreaking 3’s, and the Braves pulled away.

The loss ends Guerin’s four-game winning streak and drops the team to 2-2 in conference play.