BROOKVILLE — Shooting it well in the friendly confines of its home gymnasium, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team blasted visiting Johnsonburg, 61-29, in a non-league matchup Thursday night.
That was the seventh home game out of nine for the 6-3 Lady Raiders, who improved to 6-1 at home. They’re 0-2 on the road, including Tuesday’s loss at DuBois.
“We need to get ourselves a road win,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “That’s going to be important for us. We have a lot of home games, but to be successful we need to win on the road. It’d be really nice to go down and play well at Redbank Valley (on Monday).”
If the Lady Raiders shoot it well, it’s a tough combination to beat with their press up-tempo defense that has forced plenty of opposing turnovers. Their win against the Ramettes was no different as they forced 22 turnovers and shot 42 percent (28-for-66) from the field. They were even better after three quarters — nearly 50 percent at 24-for-51 — before emptying the bench for most of the fourth quarter.
Marcy Schindler turned in a solid double-double performance with 22 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor with 11 rebounds and three assists. Morgan Johnson scored 13 points with six steals and five rebounds, nailing three of four shots from beyond the 3-point line.
“We’ve had an up and down season shooting the ball and were coming off a tough shooting night at DuBois and it was really nice seeing the ball going in early tonight,” Powell said. “It went in often, we played well tonight and thought it was a good effort for the kids.
“Tonight, we had some turnovers we created into points and if we do that, it helps the shooting percentage.”
Schindler had 16 points by halftime and 20 after three quarters and played just two minutes of the fourth before she retired for the night.
“Marcy’s played well for a couple weeks and she has a lot of confidence right now,” Powell said. “We need to ride that confidence and hope she continues that into the meat of our league schedule coming up.”
Brookville never trailed, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and a 15-6 advantage after the first quarter. It led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter before taking a 30-16 lead to halftime.
A 22-8 third-quarter advantage swelled the Lady Raiders’ lead to 28 points at 52-24 and they lead by as many as 34 points in the fourth before setting for the final margin.
Cassidy King led Johnsonburg (5-6) with 11 points and six rebounds. Maria Jones had six points and seven rebounds.
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 61-29. Mikayla Aikens had eight points.
Brookville visits Redbank Valley Monday. Johnsonburg, which had its Friday game with Otto-Eldred postponed, hosts Kane Monday.