DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball continued its recent run of success with a hard-fought, 58-50, overtime win over rival Brockway Wednesday at the Varischetti Sports Complex.
The win, DCC’s third in a row and fifth in its last six games, was a huge one in the Allegheny Mountain League as the two teams are battling for the division title along Ridgway.
Brockway had a chance to win it in regulation after Maggie Schmader scored with 40 seconds left to tie things at 46-46. However, DCC’s defense came up huge and held off a couple shot attempts by the Lady Rovers — with Shayleigh Gulvas collecting a big block on Lady Rover Kaitlyn Morelli in the closing seconds.
Brockway’s Leah Lindemuth then blocked a desperation heave at the buzzer by DCC.
Central Catholic then dominated the overtime period. Lady Cardinal Alyssa Bittner scored the opening basket of OT and DCC never looked back as it outscored the Lady Rovers, 12-4, to win going away by eight points.
Abbey Pettenati scored four of her 13 points in OT, while teammate Jordy Kosko went 3 of 4 at the line to tally all her points on the night.
Bittner led Central with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Haley Pettenati gave DCC a third player in double figures with 10. Ashley Wruble added nine — seven of which came in the fourth quarter and OT.
“This was a big win for us,” said DCC coach Jordan Hoover. “That’s a good team, and they have two really good seniors who have given a lot to their program. For us to beat a team with that type of experience two of three times this season is a good feeling for our younger kids.
“I told Alyssa (Bittner) that she really stepped up. That’s the best she’s ever played. But, we are a balanced basketball team, and we got contributions from everyone tonight.”
The game was true see-saw affair with the teams trading scores most of the night.
The biggest lead of the first half was five points by Brockway (24-19) late in the second quarter, while Central Catholic led by as many as six (35-29) late in the third quarter.
Morelli led Brockway with a game-high 21 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Leah Lindemuth added 11 for the Lady Rovers, while Maggie Schmader had eight.
The teams split their first two meetings. Brockway won at home (35-33) on Jan. 2, while DCC came out on top, 55-46, at the Brookville Christmas Tournament.
Both teams are in action Friday, with DCC hosting Ridgway and Brockway traveling to Curwensville.