BROOKVILLE — Hammering out a nail-biting 48-41 win over District 9 League rival DuBois, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team won its own Christmas Tournament Thursday night.
It ended a two-year hiatus for the Lady Raiders, who won nine of 10 titles before DuBois Central Catholic and DuBois won it in 2015 and 2016.
“I didn’t feel comfortable until the buzzer ran,” said Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell, whose team improved to 5-2. “It was hard-fought, tooth and nail. We almost got comfortable and then the 4-point play happens and it’s down to two. (DuBois’) resiliency was tough and we never put them away. That’s because they’re a good basketball team. It was a tough night, but that was by far the best win we have this year. That was a good team we just beat.”
The title return wasn’t easy as the Lady Raiders saw DuBois rally from an early 11-point third-quarter deficit to grab a 34-33 lead on Chelsea DeSalve’s 3-pointer with 2:55 remaining.
But from there, it was a finish of missed opportunities for the Lady Beavers (4-3), a free-throw drill for Brookville and an MVP-clinching performance by Lady Raiders junior Marcy Schindler.
In the final 2:38, DuBois senior star center Ashley Hallowell fouled out and the Lady Beavers managed just one field goal and four free throws in 11 possessions. Meanwhile, Brookville was 13-for-20 from the foul line in the fourth quarter alone with their MVP Schindler cashing in on all four of her charity attempts.
“We came back, fought our way back in the game and took the lead late, but we missed how many layups down the stretch that were crucial,” DuBois head coach Keith Kriner said. “We hit a couple of them, we’re back in the game. We didn’t finish when we needed to and obviously they scored almost half their points from the foul line.”
Schindler had a monster game, coming through with 17 points and 19 rebounds. She made all four of her free throws in the final 2:27 while also drawing a charging foul near mid-court with the Lady Raiders leading by a point at the 2:34 mark.
“The second half, it seemed like every rebound was in Marcy’s hands, big rebound after big rebound,” Powell said. “After Hallowell picked up her fourth foul, we put Marcy in the paint and isolated her one-on-one. She was up for the challenge tonight and I was really proud of her on both ends of the floor, especially in the second. When we needed a rebound, she got it.”
The Lady Raiders’ other all-tournament player Morgan Johnson and Lauren Hergert each scored 10 points. All 10 of Hergert’s points came from the line as the Lady Raiders were 21-for-30 for the game.
Brookville made things difficult inside for Hallowell, who was coming off a 24-rebound game in Wednesday’s win over Brockway. She picked up her second personal midway through the second quarter, her third with 2:52 left in the third, fourth at the 1:34 mark of the third and then she fouled out late in the game. She was 4-for-7 from the field with 11 points and nine rebounds.
“It was a team effort on (Hallowell),” Powell said. “You can’t guard her with one player. She’s a really nice player and I was really proud that Lexis (Hatzinikolas), Lauren and Jenna (Grant) did on her as well as the team behind that. We executed the game plan defensively exactly how we wanted to.”
Hallowell and DeSalve were all-tournament picks. DeSalve and Caitlin Drahushak finished with 11 points apiece. DeSalve finished off a double-double with 11 rebounds. Drahushak gave her team a big spark down the stretch when she completed a four-point play after getting fouled on making a 3-pointer with 1:35 left. It got DuBois to within 40-38, but it missed four shots and managed just three free throws the rest of the way.
“Once we lost (Hallowell), we went five guards with pressure,” Kriner said. “We didn’t score when we had to. We still had a lot of mental mistakes against the press and we knew they were going to do it against us. We’ll learn from it. Brookville is a good team.”
NOTES: As is the case with DuBois Central and Brockway, both teams meet in their regular-season game Tuesday in DuBois. … Brookville edged DuBois in the turnover game slightly, giving it away 26 times to the Lady Beavers’ 28. … Both teams shot exactly the same, 13-for-46, from the field. … Brookville outrebounded DuBois, 39-35. … Amazingly, the Lady Raiders scored 48 points for the third straight game and fourth time in seven games this year.
In Wednesday’s consolation game:
DuBois CC 55, Brockway 46
In the opening game, DuBois Central Catholic got its first-year head coach Jordan Hoover his first win as it shot the ball well and pulled away in the second half.
The Lady Cardinals (1-5) shot nearly 42 percent from the field (25-for-60) and nearly 50 percent in the second half (14-for-29) as three different players reached double figures in scoring. All-tournament player Shayleigh Gulvas and Alyssa Bittner each scored 14 points while Ashley Wruble finished with 12 points. Gulvas added nine rebounds for the second straight night.
“We haven’t timely shooting this year and that’s why we’ve fallen out of some games,” Hoover said. “I’m really proud of the girls, because in adverse conditions it’s easy to hang your head. I haven’t seen any signs of the kids giving up, so it was nice to pick up our first win against a quality opponent.”
Kaitlyn Morelli scored 16 points to lead Brockway (3-4) while all-tournament selection Leah Lindemuth finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Shaughny Richardson came off the bench to chip in with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Early on, it was literally a back-and-forth affair as Wruble’s basket at the 6:55 mark of the second quarter gave DCC a 13-12 lead and culminated a stretch where teams traded 10 straight leads on field goals.
It stayed close through halftime with DCC’s 23-20 lead, but a Lady Cardinals 10-0 run to start the second half set the tone. Brockway got back to within 38-32 late in the third, but Jordy Kosko’s steal and layup with two seconds on the clock gave DCC a 40-32 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cardinals led by as many as 14 at 54-40 with 2:49 left before Brockway closed to the final margin.
“I thought it would be in a 30-40 point game, but for us to get 55, we can be tough to beat because we have been playing good defense,” Hoover said. “When we get that shooting going, we’re obviously a better team, but especially we are when we’re executing defensively.”
The same two teams met in the junior varsity consolation game with DCC winning, 34-18.
Believe it or not, these teams square off again Tuesday in their regular-season Allegheny Mountain League-South Division game in Brockway.