BROOKVILLE — Continuing its defensive pressure into the second half, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team nearly threw a shutout third quarter and pulled away for a 65-48 win over Clearfield Monday night.
The Lady Raiders led, 30-27, at halftime, then started the third on a 14-0 run that ended with 41 seconds left in the quarter. They forced 15 Clearfield turnovers in the third alone and wound up getting 35 overall out of the Lady Bison.
“I was really pleased with the pressure out there,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “That’s what we’re looking for and that’s our season. We have to do that night in and night out.”
Brookville, which put 10 different players in the scoring column, had Kira Powell and Madison Johnson reach double figures in scoring with 14 and 10 points respectively. Seven different players scored in the pivotal third quarter.
“It’s what we work on,” Powell said. “We work a ton on defense and it was nice to see that pay off tonight. We had a couple sparks out there, Kira was one but Lauren (Hergert) was an animal, all over the floor and created turnovers. I thought she played her best game tonight.”
Hergert scored nine points with four rebounds while Marcy Schindler and Lexis Hatzinikolas scored eight and seven points respectively. Hatzinikolas led the team with seven rebounds.
“I thought it was really balanced and that’s what we want,” Powell said. “We’re pleased with tonight. We were able to clean up the fouls a little bit.”
The Lady Bison (1-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but Powell’s 3-point shooting was able to keep Brookville in the game. All four of her threes came in the first half. Clearfield led 12-10 after the first quarter, then a 7-3 run to end the first half gave the Lady Raiders the lead for good at 30-27.
“It was huge. We really struggled,” Coach Powell said of his daughter’s long-range success. “We weren’t shooting the ball early and had back-to-back games where we struggled from the floor and we needed somebody early and Kira definitely gave it to us with those four threes and it gave everyone else time to get going. After that, it was a good night for all of them.
“I thought we were fortunate to be up by three at halftime, to be honest, with that slow start.”
Clearfield had three players reach double figures with Alayna Ryan, Megan Durandetta and Brooke Cline score 15, 12 and 10 points. Ryan and Cline picked up two early fouls but stayed out of foul trouble the rest of the way.
At 30-27 going into the third, things looked solid enough for the visitors, but the turnovers mounted and Brookville took control. By the time Clearfield finally scored, it was a Durandetta 3-pointer to make it 44-30 with 41 seconds left to go.
“I think in the third quarter we had seven straight turnovers, the ball never hit the rim,” said Lady Bison head coach Joey Castagnolo. “They got the momentum and we scored five points the whole quarter. That was the difference in the game.”
Clearfield got it back to 10 points at 51-41 with 4:33 and 2:12 left to go in regulation, but Brookville closed the game on an 8-1 run to set the final and its largest lead.
“We just never could get it over that hump. The girls played their hearts out,” Castagnolo said. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. We have to tighten some things up and get rid of some of the stupid turnovers.”
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 42-21. Leah Kammerdeiner and Madison McAninch each scored eight points for Brookville.
Clearfield is back at home tonight against Bellefonte. Brookville hosts St. Marys Friday.