NEW BETHLEHEM — Twin sophomore sisters Morgan and Madison Johnson did the damage in the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team’s 74-49 non-league win on the road at Redbank Valley Monday night.
Both had career-high scoring nights. Morgan scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half while Madison had 12 of her 14 points in the second half as the Lady Raiders pulled away with a 26-point second quarter and led 39-20 by halftime.
“They both hit some threes in the half-court offense, but in transition they both had opportunities to turn defense into offense,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “Both had a great night, especially Morgan in the first half. The girls did a nice job of finding her and setting up shots.”
Redbank Valley (6-13) put two players in double-figure scoring as well with Lexi Holt and Tara Hinderliter scoring 21 and 13 points respectively.
Brookville (14-4) hosted Elk County Catholic Wednesday in a District 9 League matchup. That game was probably doomed Tuesday with the postponement of school due to bad weather.
“I think we’re all looking at Elk wanting to turn that score around from earlier,” said Powell Monday, referring to the Lady Raiders’ 46-25 loss at ECC in December. “It’s not just going to just happen. They’re always well-coached, always play good fundamental defense and we’ll have to be ready to play. Winning Wednesday would be a nice way to cap off the second half of the season, turning that loss around into a win.”
Looking at a three teams at the most playoff scenario with Karns City and Moniteau, Brookville likely needs to win just one more game in its final four to secure a top berth. Karns City and Moniteau were 10-8 and 10-10 going into Wednesday.
“It’s exciting, an accomplishment for us to make the playoffs after a tough season (6-16) last year,” Powell said. “We’ve definitely turned things around, but our goals are much higher than being a No. 1 seed. We want to win out, keep playing well and the focus now really is one at a time.
“We’re in a good position, but there’s several weeks of basketball left. We have some lofty goals, but want to finish the season strong with as good of a record as we can at this point.”
The Lady Raiders won the junior varsity game against Redbank Valley to stay unbeaten, 53-13. Leah Kammerdeiner scored 10 points.
In last week’s games:
FRIDAY, Feb. 2
Trying to build more momentum for big games ahead, the Lady Raiders basketball team won its second non-league home matchup of the week.
Brookville led a scrappy Ridgway team 24-21 after Emily Fullem’s basket just over a minute into the third quarter before a 14-2 Lady Raiders run put their lead into double figures the rest of the way.
“I’m pleased with the end result, but I have to give Ridgway a lot of credit,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “We’d go on a spurt and they’d fight and claw their way back in it. They hung in there and I give them all the credit in the world for doing that. In the end, it was a good win against a good basketball team.”
Marcy Schindler led the Lady Raiders with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Madison Johnson finished with 12 points. She and her twin sister Morgan combined for 10 points in the big third-quarter run. Morgan and Kira Powell each scored seven points. Lexis Hatzinikolas also had eight rebounds.
The other big run of 15-2 by Brookville turned a 9-7 lead in the first quarter into a 24-9 advantage midway through the second quarter. But Ridgway’s 10-0 run to close the half put it back in the game.
Emily Fullem had a big game for the Lady Elkers (9-9), pouring in 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31
Doubling its win total from last year, the Lady Raiders basketball team turned in what’s been a typical winning effort.
Forcing 26 turnovers and outrebounding Clarion, 66-35, the Lady Raiders just overpowered Clarion with numbers despite shooting just 25 percent on a whopping 91 shots from the field. The Lady Raiders also collected an incredible total of 47 offensive rebounds.
“Our physicality and our aggressiveness each night is a big factor of why we are where we are and it showed again,” said Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell. “We were resilient on the boards … we had seven or eight shots in one possession or maybe more. I’d call it resiliency.”
Kira Powell scored 13 points and Madison Johnson added 12 to lead the Lady Raiders. Marcy Schindler finished with nine points and 13 rebounds, 11 of them offensive. Lauren Hergert didn’t score, but grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Lady Raiders pulled away with a 10-2 run to start the second quarter and led 30-15 by halftime. A 15-0 run that started late in the second quarter and continued into the third quarter gave Brookville its largest lead at 41-15 at the 3:29 mark of the third.
Kait Constantino scored 13 points and KK Girvin added 11 points for Clarion, which fell to 6-12.