DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team kept on its recent winning ways with a 61-48 victory over Johnsonburg on Wednesday evening at the Varischetti Sports Complex.

The Lady Cardinals are now at .500 (8-8) on the season and have now won five in a row and seven of their last eight games after starting the season at 1-7.

The win over the Ramettes was even more meaningful for DCC as they were missing two starters in Abbey and Haley Pettenati, who were both out with illness.

But their two replacements in the starting lineup –Maia Cogley and Jordan Kosko –had big nights with 14 and eight points, respectively. Cogley hit four three-pointers on the night.

“For those girls to step in there like that, they’re mentally tough,” said DCC coach Jordan Hoover. “Maia Cogley’s shooting was enormous for the flow of that game. I expected us to play well in those starting spots, but I think the bench was a big deal. I used kids that haven’t played a lot this season. I was proud because everybody stepped up, not just those kids in the starting roles.”

Things couldn’t have gone better for DCC in the first half, especially in the first six minutes as they built a 14-2 lead.

Although the Ramettes closed it to six points by the end of the first, the Lady Cardinals fired right back with a 20-1 run to start the second quarter, getting the lead to 34-9.

Cogley had three of her four treys in the first half, while Alyssa Bittner had 10 points in the opening half and 15 for the game.

“Usually we kind of execute on the defensive end and have to scrape on offense,” said Hoover. “The difference tonight is we hit all of those shots in the first half. That’s as well as we’ve played all year. They just seemed very focused tonight, more so than previous nights.”

DCC opened up its largest lead of the game early in the second half on an Ashley Wruble three to make it 43-17 before the Ramettes started to close the gap.

Johnsonburg, which dropped to 7-11 on the season, got it to 21 points by the end of the third quarter and also won the fourth quarter, 18-10, but ultimately started their comeback too late.

Cassidy King led Johnsonburg with 20 points, while Rylee Casilio had 19.

Wruble paced the Lady Cardinals with 17 points.

DCC is back in action on Friday evening on the road at Kane, while Johnsonburg hosts Curwensville on Friday.

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