BROOKVILLE — After a 12-day layoff since their last game, the No. 6 Johnsonburg girls basketball team didn’t show any real sign of rust in the District 9 Class A quarterfinal game against A-C Valley on Wednesday evening.
The Ramettes led for a good portion of the game against the third-seeded Lady Falcons, including a one-point halftime lead and a lead early in the fourth quarter.
But Johnsonburg couldn’t find a basket over the last five minutes, and ultimately fell to A-C Valley, 51-42, at Brookville High School.
Like most of the season, Johnsonburg and head coach Mike King worked in just six girls for most of the game as fatigue set in down the stretch.
“It’s a little bit of a plague in a high pressure game like this,” said King. “We only had one to sub in for most of the night. We gave what we had.”
One thing that didn’t help the Ramettes down the stretch was the exit of Cassidy King, who fouled out with 2:11 to play in the game. King had 15 points on the night to lead the Ramettes.
When she had to exit the game, Johnsonburg was down 45-41.
“She does a lot for us on the court, but she also draws a lot of attention and let’s the other kids get open,” said Coach King. “It’s tough. She’s hurting, but (the foulout) does change a little bit for us.”
Johnsonburg ended the first quarter with a 15-13 lead, thanks to nine points from King and a pair of three-pointers from Rylee Casilio.
Casilio hit four shots from beyond the arc on the night and ended with 14 points.
“If she gets open, she can bury them all night long,” said King. “Hard worker, and she has the nose to bury that three when we need it.”
A-C Valley took the lead on a three-pointer from Cami McNany at 18-15.
The Ramettes took the lead back on their final possession of the half as Maria Jones hit a jumper with seven seconds left to give Johnsonburg a 23-22 lead.
Johnsonburg extended their lead to as much as eight points as they built a 7-0 run to start the second half, thanks to five points from Casilio.
But the Lady Falcons started to come back from there and took the lead with 2:14 to play in the third on a Kylee Eaton jumper.
The two teams were tied at 37 with one period to play.
Emma King’s layin with 5:10 to play gave Johnsonburg a 41-40 lead, but A-C Valley’s Annie Viertel hit a three that gave her team the lead for good.
Johnsonburg had it at four points at 46-42 with 1:48 left, but A-C Valley hit their free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Eaton and Ellie Thompson paced A-C Valley with 13 points.
A-C Valley will play No. 2 seed Otto-Eldred in the Class A semifinals.
Johnsonburg, which finished the season at 10-13, does not graduate any seniors and has the whole team returning next season.