BROOKVILLE — Sparked by senior guard Sarah Snyder, the DuBois girls basketball team got off to a fast start Wednesday and never looked back in a 41-15 win over Brockway in the opening game of the Brookville Holiday Tournament.
Snyder, who had scored just 10 points in DuBois’ first six games, netted eight points on 4 of 4 shooting in the first four minutes of the game Wednesday to help the Lady Beavers jump out to an 11-0 lead on the Lady Rovers.
DuBois went to lead 13-2 after one quarter and pushed its lead to 20-2 early in the second before taking a 24-7 advantage into halftime. While Snyder didn’t score again in the game, fellow guard Cheslea Desalve also scored eight-first half points, while reserves Maddie Smith and Abby Guiher also hit jumpers.
That outside shooting, particularly the opening outburst by Snyder, was just what DuBois’ coaching staff has been looking for as opponents continue to pack their defense inside on center Ashley Hallowell.
With the DuBois guards taking, and hitting, a high percentage of their outside shots, Brockway was forced to come out defensively, which opened up the inside for Hallowell in the second half. And, the senior capitalized as she scored all eight Lady Beaver points in the third quarter — while DuBois held Brockway scoreless — to build a commanding 32-7 lead.
DuBois coach Keith Kriner then started to rotate in his bench players, including four freshmen, in the fourth — a quarter that saw DuBois outscore the Lady Rovers, 9-8, to finish off a convincing 41-15 victory. DuBois led by as many as 30 points (41-11), which invoked the PIAA Mercy Rule (30-point lead in 4th quarter).
Hallowell put together a another big all-around game for DuBois. She posted a double-double with 12 points (10 in second half) and 24 rebounds while also blocking five shots. DeSalve added 10 points and six rebounds, while Snyder and Smith had eight and seven points, respectively.
“Snyder got us off to a great start, and that was good confidence booster for her,” said Kriner. “(Brockway) Coach (Dick) Esposito said to me that they didn’t expect that out of Sarah (Snyder). They basically were letting her go because up to this point she has struggled a little bit offensively, but defensively she always plays great.
“And, we’ve been trying to tel the girls for three years you have to come out strong, and we have a tendency to not do that a lot. But, this was a darn good start. We slowed it down (in second half) some and we told the girls, let’s run our offense because a lot of our points were transition points. We were trying to work on different offenses, and we tried to get Ashley free because they were taking her away offensively (in 1st half).
“Ashley had a big night rebounding, and I thought we did a good job on the boards overall. I challenged them before the game and said there is no way this team (Brockway) should get a second shot on the offensive end of the floor, and I think for the most we did that.”
Snyder hit his three straight jump shots in the first 2:15 of the game to give the Lady Beavers a quick 6-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Hallowell went 1 of 2 at the foul line, while another jumper by Snyder on DuBois’ next possession made it a 9-0 game with 4:17 left in the opening quarter.
Neither team scored for nearly two minutes, with DeSalve ending that drought when she scored on a strong drive to the basket and was fouled at the 2:24 mark. She missed the free throw, as the Lady Beavers led 11-0.
Brockway finally found the scoreboard when Macie Smith hit a jumper with just over two minutes left in the quarter. DeSalve socred shortly there after as DuBois led 13-2 after the opening eight minutes.
DuBois then seized total control of the game with 9-0 run to open the second quarter to push its lead to 20-2 with 5:14 remaining in the half. DeSalve scored four points in the spurt, while Maddie Smith and Morgan Henry also had baskets.
Brockway’s Kaitlyn Morelli ended DuBois’ run when she scored at the 4:47 mark of the quarter, but she missed the ensuing free throw after being fouled on the play.
Morelli’s drive to the basket sparked a 5-2 mini-run for the Lady Rovers to end the half to cut their halftime deficit to 17 points (24-7) at the break.
Brockway got no closer the rest of the game, thanks in large part to the fact DuBois blanked the Lady Rovers, 8-0, in the third quarter. DuBois managed just eight points itself, with Hallowell scoring all those on three baskets and a pair of free throw to make it a 32-7 game after three quarters.
The Lady Beavers used a 9-4 spurt to open the final quarter to build its largest lead of the game at 41-11. Maddie Smith scored give of those points, completing a three-point play with 3:32 to play to give the Lady Beavers a 30-point lead.
Lindemuth and Morelli each scored hoops after that to set the final score. Lindemuth led Brockway with eight points and eight rebounds, while Morelli had four.
“We had a lot of shots tonight, we just couldn’t put it in the basket,” said Lady Rovers coach Esposito. “We missed a lot of layups, a lot of inbetweens and a lot of outside shots. The kids gave the effort, the ball just wouldn’t drop. And, against a team like that with their height, it hurts us.
“But, we never expected Snyder to start out the game that way. She got them out to an early lead, and after that we had to change our defense and that just opened the inside up for Hallowell.”
DuBois plays Brookville in tonight’s championship game, while Brockway battles DuBois Central Catholic in the consolation game, which begins at 5 p.m. Brookville beat DCC, 48-33, in Wednesday’s second game.