DuBOIS — The DuBois girls basketball team used a career night from senior Sarah Snyder, and a dominant second-half performance, to pull away from Brockway Monday night for an emotional 54-31 victory in the teams’ 8th Annual Pink Game.
Snyder poured in 20 points, including four 3-pointers to lead all scorers. She notched 12 of those points in the second when DuBois outscored the Lady Rovers, 29-12, to turn a six-point halftime lead (25-19) into a convincing 23-point victory.
Snyder also had a strong game against Brockway in the teams’ first meeting on the opening night of the Brookville Christmas Tournament. She scored all eight of her points in the first quarter that evening in a 41-15 victory.
The senior lefty was backed Monday by the duo of senior Ashley Hallowell and Chelsea DeSalve, both of whom reached double figures as well. Hallowell scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, while DeSalve added 11 points and seven boards.
The trio also played a key part in a strong defensive effort that saw DuBois hold Brockway’s top two scorers — seniors Leah Lindemuth and Kaitlyn Morelli — to just 12 points. Both came in average double figures.
Lindemuth finished with eight points, all in the first half, while Morelli had four — two in each half.
The win was DuBois’ sixth in a row and improved its record to 11-3 heading into a key showdown with District 9 League rival Punxsutawney at home Thursday.
“The was a special win,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “One of players, Saige Weible, her dad is being treated for it (cancer) right now, and she was a little emotional. And, the girls rallied around that and wanted to win one for Saige. They knew she was hurting.
“Our game plan was to bring the bigs up because when we had them down, they were double-teaming Ashley the first time we played them. So, we brought her up to open things a little more, and we had the guards attacking.
“What can you say about Sarah Snyder. She was on fire and when something liek that happens, it’s pretty hard for them (Brockway) to stop it. If they start on her, it’s going to open up others. And, I thought Ashley (Hallowell) had a good game too.
“Overall, I thought we played a good defensive game. We were concentrating on stopping Lindemuth and Morelli and making their other players try to beat us. Fortunately for us, everything we did seemed to work.”
Brockway jumped out to an early 4-2 lead behind baskets by Lindemuth and Maggie Schmader, but DuBois used an 11-2 spurt from there to take a 13-6 lead one quarter. Hallowell scored four in the first, while DeSalve hit one of her two 3-pointers. Schmader had six on the night for the Lady Rovers.
DuBois pushed the lead to as many as 12 points in the second (22-10) on back-to-back treys by DeSalve and Snyder.
However, Brockway answered back with a 9-3 run to end the half to pull within five at 25-19. Lindemuth had four points in that surge, while younger sister Morgan Lindemuth had five, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds to send the Lady Rovers into the break with some momentum.
DuBois quickly took that away though, as the Lady Beavers opened the third on a 13-2 run to seize control of the game at 38-21 with just over three minutes left in the quarter. Snyder hit two treys in that stretch, while Hallowell had two baskets of her own.
The Lady Beavers went on to win the quarter, 17-6, to take a 42-25 lead after three quarters. Snyder had eight points in the quarter and Hallowell six.
DuBois then scored the first 12 points of the fourth to put the game away with a commanding 29-point advantage (54-25) with just over three minutes to play. Snyder, Hallowell and DeSalve each had two baskets in the run.
Brockway then scored the final six points on a basket by Macie Smith and two free throw each by Savannah Buttery and Sarah Rosman to set the final.
“Sarah Snyder has owned us in two games this year,” said Brockway coach Dick Esposito. “And, we haven’t been able to find a way to stop Hallowell.
“But, tonight is more about the people honored here than the game itself.”
Brockway (6-7) is back in action Wednesday at DuBois Central Catholic.