DuBOIS — The DuBois girls came out of the gate strong and never looked back Monday in a 59-38 rout of Indiana for the Lady Beavers’ first win against the WPIAL foe since the schools started to play regularly in the 2011-12 season.
Indiana had won five straight during that stretch, with the teams not playing in the 2013-14 campaign. The Lady Little Indians won 38-32 last year at home and 48-42 at DuBois two years ago.
However, Monday belonged to the Lady Beavers, who raced out to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. DuBois eventually led by 11 (18-7) after one quarter, then pushed that advantage to 17 (34-17) at the half.
DuBois didn’t let off the accelerator and used a 16-7 third quarter to extend its lead to 26 points (50-24) after three quarters. The Lady Beavers led by as many as 28 after junior Chelsea DeSalve scored the opening basket of the fourth before eventually winning by 21 points.
DeSalve and senior Ashley Hallowell fueled the DuBois victory as the duo combined to score 44 of the Lady Beavers’ 59 points.
Hallowell finished with a game-high 23 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. DeSalve had 21 points herself to help DuBois improve to 15-6 on the season. Indiana finished its regular season at 6-16.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better effort out of them,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “Being the end of the season, this is the type of effort we need to finish strong.
“We’re going to enjoy this one because beating Indiana by double digits — that’s doing something for this program. It shows we’re on the upswing hopefully.”
Hallowell dominated the opening eight minutes, as she scored 10 of her 23 points in the first quarter to spearhead DuBois’ strong start.
Indiana managed to keep the senior quiet in the second quarter, but DeSalve caught fire with eight points. Caitlin Drahushak and Olivia Johnson also added four points each in the quarter to help put the Lady Beavers up 17 at the break. Drahushak had seven points on the night.
Hallowell got going again in the third as she scored eight points, while DeSalve added five, as the Lady Beavers seized control of the game.
That duo then combined for all nine DuBois points in the fourth (Hallowell 5, DeSalve 4) before Kriner emptied the short bench he currently has.
DuBois ends its regular season Thursday with a tough road game at Brookville.