DuBOIS — Despite having four players unavailable, the DuBois Christian School girls basketball team still put up a big defensive effort in a 34-23 win over Calvary Huntingdon on Monday evening.
The Lady Eagles held Calvary Huntingdon scoreless in the third quarter, and only six points in the fourth quarter on their way to the win.
“We had to come out and be a little more calm than we normally are because we didn’t have very many people,” said DCS coach Pastor Mark Montgomery. “That’s what happened in the first half when it was pretty even.
“At halftime I said, even with the fouls, we had to pick up the pressure. It was a good character check for us. The girls came through.”
Although the Lady Eagles trailed at halftime, they controlled the opening eight minutes.
DuBois Christian led 8-4 after the first quarter, thanks to two jump shots from Emily Deitch, and a layin from Shelby Brownlee in the first three and a half minutes.
Brownlee also added a jumper later in the period.
But Calvary Huntingdon responded with a 7-0 run to open the second quarter, with an Abby Ruby three-pointer with 4:30 to play giving Calvary an 11-8 lead.
DuBois Christian re-took the lead in that second quarter on a layin from Fiona Riss to make it 12-11.
With the Lady Eagles leading 16-13, Huntingdon’s Rachel Teeters drew a foul on two separate occasions, putting her at the foul line for one-and-ones.
She sunk all four free throws, with the final two coming with under two seconds left on the clock, giving Calvary a 17-16 halftime lead.
DuBois Christian re-took the lead on their first possession of the second half on a jumper again from Deitch.
Deitch also hit two free throws in the third quarter, while Hannah Deitch and Brownlee each had a bucket in the period as the Lady Eagles led 25-17 with one quarter to play.
Julie Logan hit DCS’ only three-pointer of the night to start the fourth quarter to extend the Lady Eagle lead to double digits.
Calvary Huntingdon finally broke their drought of over 10 minutes with a bucket from Lacie Corbin with 5:40 to play.
Brownlee led the way with 15 points, while Emily Deitch, an eighth grader, had 10 points.
“We had to start an eighth grader at point guard tonight and she did a good job,” said Montgomery.
“We’re pleased. We were a little nervous at halftime. We knew that we would be able to do this to them. We had the energy to do it. If we would have done that in the first half, I don’t know what would have happened.”
Teeters led Calvary Huntingdon with nine points, including going 7-for-9 from the foul line.
DuBois Christian, which improved to 8-2 on the season, is back in action this evening on the road at Blair County Christian.