BROOKVILLE — It’s certainly not how you start that matters. Just ask the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks basketball team.
On Hoops for Hopes Night at Brookville Tuesday night, the visiting Lady Chucks missed 25 of their first 28 shots from the field yet wound up turning in a solid 42-28 District 9 League win.
That’s what shooting 50 percent the rest of the way will do, along with a defense that helped lead to the Lady Raiders committing 31 turnovers and shooting just 21 percent (11-for-53) from the field.
Lady Chucks senior center Leah Miller was the lone player on either team to reach double figures in scoring with 13 points to go along with her typical board-cleaning 16 rebounds. She too was ice-cold from the floor, missing her first eight shots and finished 6-of-19 from the floor.
Brookville (10-4 overall, 2-3 D9 League), which had its five-game winning streak snapped, got seven points apiece from Morgan Johnson and Jillian Taylor. Marcy Schindler had five points and six rebounds. Lexis Hatzinikolas grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Despite the early shooting woes for the Lady Chucks (9-5 overall, 4-0 D9 League), they trailed just 12-6 after the first quarter. Taylor’s jumper with 2:37 left in the second quarter gave Brookville its biggest lead of the game at 17-8, but the Lady Chucks closed the half with a 10-0 run and grabbed an 18-17 lead by intermission.
Brookville’s last lead came on a Hatzinikolas basket that put it up 21-20 with 4:38 left in the third quarter. The next Lady Raiders field goal came from Taylor when they cut Punxsutawney’s lead to 34-24 with 3:55 left in regulation.
Punxsutawney’s largest lead came at the end on Kate Horner’s 3-pointer in the waning seconds. She finished with eight points while Sarah Weaver and Riley Presloid each scored seven points.
NOTES: Both teams play Thursday. Lady Raiders host St. Marys while Punxsutawney heads to DuBois in a showdown for sole possession of first place in the league. DuBois is 4-0 in league play. They also meet Feb. 8 in Punxsutawney. … Brookville won the junior varsity game, 42-35, to keep its unbeaten season alive. Lauren Hergert and Jenna Grant scored 20 and 12 points respectively. … After Thursday, the Lady Raiders are off until next Wednesday at home against Clarion.