BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls entered Wednesday knowing they needed a victory over Curwensville to assure themselves of a trip to the District 9 Class A playoffs.
The Lady Rovers took that motivation to heart and looked like a team that wasn’t ready for its season to end just yet as they dominated their way to a 48-25 win against the Lady Golden Tide.
Sparked by the senior duo of Leah Lindemuth and Kaitlyn Morelli — and freshman Morgan Lindemuth — Brockway raced out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back in the lopsided victory. The trio combined to score 44 of the Lady Rovers’ 44 points on the night.
Leah Lindemuth posted yet another double-double, scoring a game-high 16 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. She moved into third on the school’s all-time scoring list on the night (1,081 points), passing Kim Tonsch (1,066, 1997). The only two Lady Rovers ahead of her are Mary Barrow (1,678, 2001) and Miranda Rhed (1,259, 2002).
Morelli and Morgan Lindemuth both added 14 points in the win.
Madi Weber and Sabrina Spencer each scored 11 points to lead Curwensville, with Weber pulling down a game-high 19 rebounds.
“That’s exactly what I was looking for,” said Brockway coach Dick Esposito of his team’s performance. “Defensively, the first three quarters we did what we worked on — double and triple-teaming Weber to make someone else have to beat us.
“We pushed the ball down the floor, and when we worked it offensively, we got some great open looks and made them tonight.”
The teams traded the lead five times in the opening three minutes before Brockway went out front for good at 6-5 on a basket by Morgan Lindemuth. Brockway outscored the Lady Tide 11-2 from there to end the quarter to build a 10-point lead (17-7).
Morelli and Leah Lindemuth both had six points in the quarter, with Lindemuth draining a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Spencer scored just 16 seconds into the second, but her scored proved to be the Lady Tide’s only points in the quarter. Brockway ran off 10 straight points, four each by the Lindemuth sisters, to take a 27-9 lead into halftime.
Brockway pushed its lead to as many as 24 points twice in the third quarter at 31-7 and 42-18 at quarter’s end. Morgan Lindemuth netted seven points in the third, while older sister Leah and Morelli each had four.
Brockway scored the first six points of the fourth to its largest lead at 30 points (48-18) before Esposito pulled Morelli and both Lindemuths from the game. Curwensville then scored the final seven points of the game.
Brockway now awaits its postseason opponent.