BROOKVILLE — Forcing a fast tempo and creating plenty of easy points off turnovers, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team moved into its Christmas Tournament Championship game with a 48-33 win over DuBois Central Catholic Wednesday night.
The Lady Raiders square off against defending tournament champion DuBois, which beat Brockway in the first game, tonight at 7 p.m. with the consolation game preceding it at 5 p.m.
Two big runs filled with Brookville points off DCC giveaways set the tone. Trailing 6-4 in the first quarter, the Lady Raiders went on a 16-0 run that almost went eight minutes into the second quarter.
Then after DCC climbed back to within 22-18 late in the second quarter, the Lady Raiders responded with a 22-4 streak that gave them their biggest lead of the game at 44-22 after three quarters.
That’s what forcing 30 turnovers does, even with the Lady Raiders (4-2) shooting just 27.3 percent (20-for-73) from the floor.
“I thought tonight we did what we wanted to do, pressure the whole night and we did that for the most part. We converted a lot of easy hoops, but didn’t shoot the ball all that well,” Brookville head coach Mark Powell said.
“It was a typical shooting night for us,” Powell added. “We were able to pressure them in the third quarter. We gave up one point through the first seven minutes. We turned up the pressure in the second half and that’s what we talked about at halftime. I thought we did a good job of that.”
Morgan Johnson was the lone player for either team to reach double figures in scoring, leading the Lady Raiders with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Her sophomore twin sister Madison had nine points while Kira Powell, Lauren Hergert and Jenna Grant each had seven rebounds.
Alyssa Bittner scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Lady Cardinals (0-5), who knew they didn’t want a fast-paced game but couldn’t overcome the waves of Brookville defenders who forced the tempo.
“We wanted to stay out of that tempo and that is the temptation,” DCC head coach Jordan Hoover said. “You could see the fatigue set in for us during those Brookville runs. We just didn’t have as many bodies to throw out there. That’s really where they got us. The message I’ve had that if we can keep it in the half-court game, we actually execute offensively. It was just hard to get there.
“I’d say they scored 14 to 16 points forcing turnovers within 15 feet of our own basket and that’s really the difference in the game.”
Brookville’s other 22-point lead gave it a 46-24 advantage with 6:56 left in the game before DCC closed with a 9-2 run to set the final.
Brookville turned the ball over 14 times, so the plus-16 ratio and a whopping 25 offensive rebounds helped get plenty of shots all night.
“I thought we were able to convert a lot of those turnovers into points, but we need to sharpen up our half-court offense and honestly the second and third opportunities tonight, we’ll have a tough time getting those tomorrow,” Powell said. “We need to put the ball in the hoop against DuBois.”
NOTES: The same teams that won the varsity matchups won the junior varsity first-round games, Brookville 38-22 and DuBois 40-14. DCC plays Brockway at 2 p.m. and DuBois meets Brookville at 3:30 p.m. in the JV matchups. … It’s the second straight 48-33 win for Brookville, which beat St. Marys last Friday by the same score, and the third time it’s scored 48 points in a game this year. … Shayleigh Gulvas led DCC with nine rebounds. … DCC was 12-for-39 shooting from the field. … Brookville had just three turnovers in the second half. DCC had 20 turnovers in the first half.