DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team celebrated Senior Night Tuesday against Bradford, but the night proved to be anything but a cake walk as the Lady Beavers put together a workmanlike effort in a 62-53 victory.
The program’s five seniors — Ashley Hallowell, Sarah Snyder, Caitlin Drahushak, Stacy Mosier and Morgan Henry —were honored prior to the matchup with the Lady Owls. All but the injured Henry then started the game.
That group got off to a slow start, as Bradford jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in the opening three minutes.
However, once DuBois settled in, it was Hallowell who put together a dominant night.
She teamed up with freshman teammate Olivia Johnson in a “Twin Tower” offensive set for large portions of the game as DuBois went away from its traditional four-guard offense. That move paid off as the duo combined to score 39 points.
Hallowell scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, while Johnson dropped in a career-high 14 points. Hallowell had 16 of her points in the first half.
Junior Chelsea DeSalve gave DuBois a third player in double figures. She netted all 13 of her points after the break to help the Lady Beavers secure their 14th win — the most for the program in a season since 1989-90 when DuBois finished 20-5 under Pam Murdock.
“The big thing tonight was we finished finally,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “We’ve struggled at the end of games, and we finally put together a good finish. I was proud of the girls there, but there’s still some work to be done.
“Ashley had a great game. They were having so much trouble with her, we decided to out both bigs in, and OJ (Johnson) played really well too. They kept fronting us, and the help defense was late on the lob play all night.
After Bradford’s strong start, DuBois pulled within three (16-13) after one quarter and took the lead for good on a Johnson bucket just past the midway point. Hallowell scored 11 in the second as DuBois led 28-26 at the half.
DuBois (14-5) then opened the third quarter on a 12-4 run to take its largest lead to that point at 10 points (40-30) with 2:43 left in the quarter. DeSalve had five points in that spurt.
The Lady Owls crept within two (46-44) early in the final period.
But, DuBois slowly pulled away thanks to eight points each by Hallowell and DeSalve in the final quarter.
DuBois is back in action Thursday at Punxsutawney.