BROOKVILLE — For one team, the season-opener finally came. For the other, it might as well been after a three-week layoff following a doubleheader opener back on Dec. 11.
Visiting DuBois forced 36 Brookville turnovers and cruised to a 63-21 rout Tuesday night. The Lady Beavers led 44-16 by halftime and set the PIAA Mercy Rule running clock — it’s now 30 points at any time after halftime — 35 seconds into the second half.
Head coach Keith Kriner welcomed the opener and got just about what he figured with some expected early schedule sloppiness with 25 turnovers of their own. But the Lady Beavers played a scrambling, aggressive defense that overwhelmed Brookville most of the night.
“We’re happy with the outcome, obviously, but we made a lot of mistakes,” Kriner said. “Hat’s off to Mark (Powell), we’re friends and he’s dealing with a lot of injuries right now and he had a hard time putting a team on the court and I’ve been in his shoes before. We’re trying something new this year obviously with the press and we usually don’t do that, but we have enough legs this year and we feel we can do that.”
Three Lady Beavers reached double figures with Saige Weible leading the way with 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Abby Guiher scored 11 points while Alexas Pfeufer added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Nine different players found the scoring column.
DuBois only trailed 3-2, then ran away from Brookville and led 22-9 after the first quarter after forcing 14 turnovers. The Lady Beavers put up another 22-point quarter in the second and took the 28-point lead into the locker room with the turnover total up to 27.
“Our schedule couldn’t get much tougher than the three teams we started with,” Brookville head coach Mark Powell said. “And that’s what we told our girls tonight. We thought their effort was great and there was improvement from the first two games (losses to Berlin and Penns Manor in December) and that’s what we’re looking for, to just get better. It’s not how you start, but how you finish. That’s our goal right now.”
Junior Elizabeth Wonderling led the Lady Raiders with nine points and her freshman sister Eden Wonderling added six points.
The Lady Raiders were playing without three players who are battling illness or are injured — junior Jordan Cook, sophomore Reggan Olson and freshman Kerstyn Davie.
With the running clock taking in effect just 35 seconds into the second half, the Lady Beavers outscored Brookville 5-1 in the third quarter and 14-4 in the fourth to set the final. Their biggest lead was the final score.
Next up for DuBois is a Saturday afternoon home game with a tough Warren squad starting with junior varsity at 4 p.m.
“Hopefully we can build on this and we have a big game Saturday against Warren and they are really good, so it’ll be a nice game we can measure ourselves with,” Kriner said.
DuBois won the junior varsity game, 49-13.
DuBOIS 63, BROOKVILLE 21
Score By Quarters
DuBois 22 22 5 14 — 63
Brookville 9 7 1 4 — 21
Abby Guiher 4 1-1 11, Alexas Pfeufer 5 0-0 10, Saige Weible 7 0-0 14, Olivia Johnson 2 0-0 4, Isabella Geist-Salone 3 1-4 7, Taylor Smith 3 1-2 7, Allie Snyder 2 0-0 4, Madison Rusnica 2 0-0 4, Brooke Chewning 1 0-0 2, Abby Geist-Salone 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 3-7 63.
Alayna Haight 0 3-4 3, Elisa Molnar 0 1-3 1, Elizabeth Wonderling 3 3-3 9, Ella Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Eden Wonderling 2 2-2 6, Hannah Lundgren 1 0-0 2, Bentley Hughey 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Konyk 0 0-0 0, Delaney Barr 0 0-0 0, Mara Bowser 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 9-12 21.
3-pointers: DuBois 2 (Guiher 2).