PHILIPSBURG — For a team that hasn’t played much on the road, nor will they a whole lot this season, Monday night’s 72-51 non-league win at Philipsburg-Osceola was refreshing.
The Lady Raiders’ win hiked their record to 8-3 going into Friday’s game at Brockway. They’re now 1-2 on the road on a schedule that has them playing 14 home games and eight away games this year.
“We needed to go on the road and get that first win,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “I thought being off for four days was a big concern, but the kids were extremely focused from the start and played well and set the tone early. That was the start we needed on the road.”
The 72-point output is just the fifth 70-point performance and the most since beating Ridgway in the 1997-98 season-opener in a 84-48 win. The Lady Raiders scored 72 points twice in the 2000-01 season.
Kira Powell came up big, scorching the nets for a career-high 24 points, 15 coming in the second half. She drilled five 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
“One of the things we have shown all year is that we can get scoring from different people,” Powell said. “Kira got hot, her teammates found her and she stayed aggressive the entire time and had a good night shooting from the floor.”
Morgan Johnson also reached double figures with 13 points. Lexis Hatzinikolas and Lauren Hergert helped the Lady Raiders control the boards with 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.
Leading scorer Marcy Schindler had her playing time limited with foul trouble and she fouled out with seven points. But Powell praised her work as well as Hatiznikolas and Hergert’s efforts in the paint.
“I thought the play of Lexis and Lauren inside and Marcy as well, especially quarters two through four, we didn’t give them many second-chance opportunities,” Powell said.
The Lady Raiders, who also forced 33 turnovers, overcame a 39-point night from P-O’s 1,000-point junior guard Halle Herrington. She made seven 3-pointers and was 14-of-18 from the foul line, scoring all 15 of P-O’s third-quarter points. She fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
“I’m never happy giving up 39 to anybody, but defensively, we did a lot what we wanted to do,” Powell said. “She’s a special player, can shoot it and get to the hole. We limited the opportunities of what the other kids had too. We did a good job on her, even though she scored 39 and an excellent job on everybody else.”
Brookville led 34-23 by halftime, starting the second quarter with a 15-0 run, and took a 51-38 lead into the fourth quarter before outscoring P-O, 21-13, the final eight minutes.
In last week’s game:
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3
Brookville 58, Bradford 20
At home and holding visiting Bradford without a field goal for over two quarters, the Lady Raiders turned in a District 9 League rout last Wednesday night.
The Lady Raiders led 17-5 after the first quarter before outscoring Bradford 33-5 over the second and third quarters, enacting the PIAA Mercy Rule running clock with a 48-8 lead at the 1:35 mark of the third.
Ten different Lady Raiders found the scoring column, led by Marcy Schindler’s 10 points, all of them coming in the first half. Schindler also added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Morgan Johnson scored eight points and had four steals while Lexis Hatzinikolas and Jillian Taylor each added six points, Taylor leading the Lady Raiders with five steals
The Lady Raiders forced 30 Bradford turnovers
“I thought we played pretty well, shot it well and moved the ball,” Powell said. “I felt like our defense was solid from full-court to half-court. Our defense was able to be turned into offense.”
Kate Huber scored 10 points to lead Bradford, which fell to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the District 9 League.
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 35-22. Jenna Grant scored 14 points for the Lady Raiders.
Clearfield Progress Sports Editor Jaclyn Yingling contributed to this story.