BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls basketball team was given what was probably their toughest test of the season against Kane on Monday evening.
And although the Lady Wolves came away with a 45-33 win, there was still plenty for the Lady Rovers to be happy with in the game.
Not only did Lady Rover head coach Dick Esposito call the game one of the greatest efforts given all year from his team, but one of the Brockway girls became part of school history as Leah Lindemuth became the fourth girls player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark.
“The kids really tried hard,” said Esposito. “I said all week long, this is ‘Goliath vs. the munchkins.’”
Part of the problem for Brockway was Kane’s height with 6-2 forward Ella Marconi, and two more players at 5-11 in Trinity Clark and Rachael Morgan.
“Obviously we don’t have the height, and that’s what really killed us,” said Esposito. “Other than that, we stayed right with them. They made runs. We came back and made runs. We’re within nine points (in the fourth quarter).
“For a team like that who is probably the second-best in the district next to North Clarion, my hats are off to my kids for playing as hard as they did.”
Brockway led for some of the first quarter before Marconi’s layin with 35 seconds left gave the Lady Wolves an 8-7 lead after a quarter.
Lindemuth then made her first basket of the night on a bank shot for the first points of the second quarter, but Clark responded with a three-pointer to get the lead back to Kane, which they would not give up again.
Kane went on to outscore Brockway 15-6 in the second quarter, and took a 23-13 lead to halftime.
The Lady Wolves had their largest lead in the third quarter at 20 points at 35-15, but the Lady Rovers climbed their way back in the game in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Lindemuth’s bucket for her 1,000th point cut the deficit to nine points with 4:40 to play, which was as close as it would get.
Lindemuth ended the night with 15 points and exactly at 1,000 points for her career.
After a pair of Marconi buckets, Morgan Lindemuth hit a three-pointer with 2:33 left. However, the only other points Brockway could get the rest of the way came on a layup from Kaitlyn Morelli, who had 14 points on the night.
Brockway is now 7-9 on the season.
“The season isn’t over,” said Esposito. We have a long ways to go and some tough games, and we’ll be in every one of them.”
The Lady Rovers host Sheffield for Senior Night on Wednesday.
DuBOIS — The Ridgway gymnastics team got big nights from seniors Hailey Hoffman and Rachael Schiafone in a 122.675-113.950 victory against host DuBois Monday night.
Hoffman won all four individual events en route to scoring a 35.450 to capture the all-around title in the meet. Hoffman’s best score came on floor, where she posted a 9.050.
Hoffman also had a 9.000 on the beam and fell just below that number on bars (8.900). She landed on top the podium in vault with an 8.500.
As for Schiafone, she finished second to Hoffman in all four events as well as in the all-around. The Lady Elker’s top score came on vault (8.450), where she was just .075 points behind her teammate.
Schiafone notched an 8.200 on beam, 8.175 on floor and 8.050 on bars on her way to recording a 32.850 in the all-around.
DuBois freshman Morgan Allman placed third in the all-around (30.625) behind the Ridgway senior duo of Hoffman and Schiafone. Allman was third on floor (8.125) and beam (7.400). She also placed fourth on bars (7.000) and sixth on vault (8.100).
DuBois’ Perrin Chappel and Brooke Quairiere came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the all-around.
Chappel was third on bars (7.750), seventh on beam (6.050), ninth on floor (6.775) and 11th on vault (7.600) on his way to posting a 28.175 in the all-around.
Quairiere actually placed in the Top 7 in all four individual events but finished just behind Chappel in the all-around with a 27.725.
She was third on vault (8.275) and fifth on both bars (5.550) and beam (6.600). Quairiere added a seventh on floor (7.300).
DuBois’ Andy Weese added a fifth on floor (7.650) and seventh on vault (8.000), while teammate Heather Gilga was sixth on floor (7.350).
As for Ridgway, Lady Elker Maddie Shilk finished in the Top 7 in all four events to come away with sixth in the all-around (27.400). Shilk was fourth on floor (8.000), fifth on vault (8.250), sixth on beam (6.100) and seventh on bars (5.050).
Teammate Jordan Bundy was fourth on the vault (8.250) and beam (6.950) and eighth on both bars (4.650) and floor (7.125).
Both teams are back in action Wednesday.
DuBois hosts St. Marys, while Ridgway travels to Altoona.
NEW BETHLEHEM — Finishing off a four games in six days stretch, the Brookville Raiders basketball team jumped on host Redbank Valley early and often on its way to a 57-41 win in non-league action Monday night.
The Raiders (11-4) led 18-2 after the first quarter, 32-9 by halftime and had their largest margin at 43-13 at the 2:12 mark of the third quarter before Redbank Valley cut into the deficit with a 23-12 fourth-quarter edge to set the final score.
The Raiders, playing in their third game in four days, wound up 3-1 in their stretch and shook off Saturday’s 46-30 District 9 League loss at Bradford.
“We had two really good games and then the letdown Saturday,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said. “We needed something to pick us up and get us in the right direction. It was a nice win to get things turned around and moving again.”
Aaron Park scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for the Raiders, who had nine different players find the scoring column and shoot 54 percent from the floor. A.J. Lachnicht added 11 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter.
Redbank Valley (3-13) had eight turnovers in the first quarter and 13 by halftime before finishing with 24. Nick Smith led the Bulldogs with 17 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter on three 3-pointers. He finished 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point line. Tanner Kerle scored seven points while Ethan Hetrick collected a game-high 11 rebounds.
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 36-22. Bryce Baughman scored 10 points while David Cable and Logan Byerly scored nine and eight points respectively.
The Raiders have another non-league game on the road Thursday at Clearfield.
“I look forward to getting in the gym,” Park added. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to get in a work on a game plan. We’ll get the kids motivated for playing Clearfield.”
BROCKWAY — One of the better players in District 9 found herself in the Brockway High School record books Monday, as Leah Lindemuth became just the fourth Lady Rover in school history to hit the 1,000-point plateau in a 45-33 loss against Kane.
Lindemuth now finds herself in company with Brockway greats such as 1997 graduate Kim Tonsch (1,066 points), 2002 grad Miranda Rhed (1,259 points) and 2001 alum Mary Barrow (1,678 points).
“It’s such a great accomplishment when you think about it,” said Brockway head coach Dick Esposito. “Only the fourth girl in the history of the school to hit 1,000 points. Fourth place on the list and she should move up before the end of the year. She’s worked hard for it. She deserves every accolade she gets. And, she is one of the top players in our district. No doubt.”
As a freshman, Lindemuth got herself a nice down payment on her reward tonight with 171 points. She added 289 as a sophomore and 324 last year as a junior, and now has exactly 1,000 career points after her 15-point performance on Monday.
For at least the first half of Monday’s game, the milestone looked like it would have to wait at least a couple days until the Lady Rovers’ next game on Wednesday. Lindemuth went to the locker room with just four points at halftime, but she quickly started to find her rhythm in the second half.
And, how fitting it was that Lindemuth found her way getting to 1,000 points while she was still creating turnovers and forcing a one-loss Kane team to keep an eye on her at all times.
“I think a lot of what contributed with Leah tonight is the kids like that fast pace,” said Esposito. “Once we got into our trap and our press, it got Leah moving and that’s the type of ballgame she really likes. You get some nice steals and get some great shots.”
Lindemuth got her 1,000th point on a jumper with 4:40 left in the game. The game was stopped immediately to get her well-wishes from her teammates and be given a basketball celebrating the 1,000th point.
With six games left in the regular season, and possible games in the postseason, Lindemuth is still far from done in one of the great careers in Brockway’s history.