DuBOIS — The Brookville and DuBois girls basketball teams met for the second time in less than a week on Tuesday, and it was the host Lady Beavers who got some revenge on the Lady Raiders with a 54-42 victory.
Brookville won the first meeting last Thursday, using a strong fourth quarter to seal a 48-41 victory on its home court in the championship game of the Brookville Christmas Tournament.
Tuesday’s matchup was nowhere near as close down the stretch, thanks in large part to a huge first-half run by the Lady Beavers after Brookville jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening three minutes.
However, it was all DuBois from there before the break, as the Lady Beavers put together a 32-10 run over the final 13 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 32-17 lead into halftime. That run featured a 17-2 spurt to close out the first quarter as the Lady Beavers turned a 7-0 deficit into a 17-9 lead after eight minutes.
Both teams struggled to take care of the ball in the first quarter, with Brookville committing 11 turnovers and DuBois 10. Each side finished the game with close to 30 turnovers, but it was the Lady Beavers who managed to score more often off those miscues.
DuBois pushed the lead to as many as 17 points at the start of the second half before Brookville cut it to nine twice midway through the third. But, that’s as close as the Lady Raiders got as DuBois extended the lead back to 17 early in the fourth quarter before eventually coming away with the 12-point to improve to 6-3, 2-0 in the District 9 League.
Ashley Hallowell and Chelsea DeSalve fueled the DuBois victory, as the duo combined for 37 of the Lady Beavers’ 54 points. Hallowell posted a monster double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. DeSalve scored 17, while Caitlin Drahushak and Morgan Henry added seven and five points, respectively.
Hallowell and DeSalve each had just 11 points in last Thursday’s loss. DuBois also did an excellent job keeping Brookville off the foul line this time around. The Lady Raiders were 21 of 30 at the stripe in the first meeting, but went just 7 of 12 Tuesday. Meanwhile, DuBois was 14 of 21 in the win, with six of the seven Lady Beavers who played hitting at least one free throw.
Brookville’s Marcy Schindler (15) and Morgan Johnson (10) posted near identical points as they did in the first meeting, but DuBois kept Lauren Hergert off the free throw line. Hergert scored all of her points in the first meeting there, going 10 of 14, but had just three points Tuesday — including 1 of 4 at the line.
“This was a big time win for the girls. They were hungry and wanted this game bad coming off the loss down there,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “They felt like we had a chance to win that game down there and a few calls didn’t go our way. That’s part of basketball, but they were really pumped for this game, and we’re fortunate enough to be 2-0 in the league now too.”
Kriner also felt his team’s willingness to switch to a man defense despite a couple players being under the weather was a key to the victory.
“We’ve had a philosophy this year to play a lot of zone (on defense) because we’re low on numbers and want to try to save the girls some,” he said. “The one (early) timeout we just asked them, can we go man. And, they relished that idea and said they wanted to and that worked out for us.
“They were iron women because we went with the five starters for basically the entire game. And, I think that was the difference in the game, our pressure defense. When we played down there we stuck to our zone and didn’t pressure them a lot, and I think that might have surprised them (Brookville) a little.”
Brookville came out strong, with Kira Powell draining a 3-pointer in the opening minute. Schindler followed with two baskets off a steal and a putback to put the Lady Raiders up 7-0 just under three minutes into the game.
DuBois finally got on the scoreboard on a Hallowell basket at the 4:24 mark, then DeSalve scored twice to make it a 7-6 game. Schindler countered with a hoop before DuBois put together an 11-0 run in the final 1:56 of the quarter to run out to a 17-9 lead.
Hallowell led that late charge, scoring six of her eight first-quarter points in the run, while Drahushak also had three points in the spurt. DeSalve and Schindler netted six in the opening quarter for their respective teams.
Hallowell scored the first five points of the second quarter to make it a 13-point game (22-9) and the Lady Beavers never looked back from there in the quarter. Hallowell scored seven points in the quarter, while Henry had four, as DuBois pushed its lead to 16 points four different times before going into the break up 32-17.
DeSalve scored the opening basket of the second half, but Brookville responded with a 10-2 spurt that saw the Lady Raiders get within nine points twice at 34-25 and 36-27. Morgan Johnson and Madison Johnson each had four points in that run. Madison Johnson finished with eight points.
Brookville got no closer though, as DuBois closed the quarter on a 7-2 spurt to extend its lead back to 14 points at 43-29. DeSalve scored seven third-quarter points — five in that closing run.
Hallowell completed a 3-point play early in the fourth to make it a 17-point game. Brookville then slowly chipped away at that lead with six combined points from the Johnsons helping cut that deficit to 11 at 48-37 with 1:52 to play.
DuBois maintained that lead from there, with Maddie Smith hitting 3 of 4 at the line in the final 1:04 to keep it a double-digit lead.
“We started off exactly the way we wanted to. We turned them over but we only turned one of those turnovers into points,” said Brookville coach Mark Powell. “That was the big difference tonight. They scored off the turnovers they created.
“Our game is to make you turn it over, but when it was 7-0, it should have been 15-0. Every time we got a turnover, we’d turn it right back over to them. You have to be able to capitalize on turnovers. We didn’t, and they did tonight. We have to take care of the basketball better. That was a sloppy performance tonight.”
DuBois is back in action Friday at home against Indiana, while Brookville hosts Johnsonburg on Thursday.