BROOKVILLE — Sweeping a varsity doubleheader from Redbank Valley on Senior Night, both Brookville Area High School basketball teams looked to build momentum for the playoffs.
The Lady Raiders started the night with a 57-35 win over Redbank Valley, followed by the Raiders’ 62-35 win over the Bulldogs in the nightcap.
While the Raiders improved to 13-8 going into their final regular-season game at DuBois on Friday, the Lady Raiders hiked their record to 15-5 going into Wednesday’s home game with St. Marys. Friday, they’ll host St. Marys.
Both teams head to the District 9 Class 3A playoffs next week, probably next Thursday in what could be a district final setup in a doubleheader at either Clarion or Keystone high schools. The Raiders will meet Moniteau or perhaps Kane while the Lady Raiders look to be squaring off against Moniteau.
District playoff pairings and schedules should be released by sometime this weekend. The D9 champions in both 3A brackets will face off against District 5 in a sub-regional playoff setup the following week. Those times and dates will be announced.
Between the games, both teams honored their seniors, Trenton Gilhousen for the boys, and Sophie Sharp, Jillian Taylor, Lexis Hatzinikolas, Mikayla Aikins and Jenna Grant for the girls.
Here’s a closer look at Monday night’s games:
Redbank Valley 35
A strong start, to say the least, set the tone right out of the gate for the Lady Raiders. They blanked Redbank Valley 9-0 in the first quarter and started the game with a 19-0 run, leading 26-15 by halftime.
From there, their lead swelled to 42-21 by the end of the third quarter. The Lady Raiders extended their lead to as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter.
“The fast start was the goal. We wanted that start and got it and we were able to work on some things,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “The game plan was to get the ball inside where we thought we had the advantage and we did that to some extent. We didn’t finish as well, but we wanted a big win tonight and we got it.”
Sisters Morgan Johnson and Madison Johnson scored 17 and 15 points respectively with both adding four steals. Morgan added three assists.
Also for Brookville, Marcy Schindler scored 10 points and collected seven rebounds.
Tara Hinderliter finished with 21 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs (7-14), nine of them coming in the second quarter.
Redbank Valley 35
The visiting Bulldogs jumped out quickly to a 12-5 lead to start the game, but it mostly went downhill from there as the Raiders responded with a 13-2 run to take the lead for good at 18-14 at the 6:11 mark of the second quarter.
The Raiders led 27-23 by halftime and then limited Redbank Valley to just 12 points in the second half to pull away for the non-conference win. The Bulldogs were just 5-for-28 from the field in the second half and a lowly 2-for-28 from the 3-point line.
“I didn’t think we were playing terrible defense in the beginning, but they stayed defense the whole game and when we do that for four quarters, it’s going to be a good game for us,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said. “It may be close, but as long as we play four, the outcome is going to be good because the defense feeds into our offense. We were playing good defense early, but we really did in the second half. It led into nine kids playing and working hard together and it turned the score into a big spread.
“I thought we contested every shot, maybe a couple where we didn’t have a hand in their face. If you play four quarters of that, that’s a good thing. That tells you the kids are hustling and doing what they need to do.”
The Raiders also outrebounded the Bulldogs, 44-27.
Offensively, the Raiders shot just over 50 percent (25-for-49) as Aaron Park led the efficient night shooting by making all nine of his shots from the field to score 19 points with eight rebounds. Logan Byerly added 12 points while Gilhousen, Robert Keth and Jace Miner each scored eight points. Keth added nine rebounds while Jack Krug collected eight rebounds.
The Raiders’ largest lead was 29 points at 62-33 with 2:27 remaining.
Redbank Valley got 12 points from Chris Marshall. The Bulldogs fell to 12-9.