BROOKVILLE — Call it a complete reversal for the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team. And, now it’s one win away from winning a district title.
After going 6-16 a year ago, the Lady Raiders’ 46-43 hard-fought win over DuBois Thursday night flipped it around to 17-5. They’re the top seed for the three-team District 9 Class 3A playoffs and will play the Moniteau/Karns City winner in the final, probably after at least a week layoff.
District 9 pairings will be released sometime this weekend.
“You always want to go into the playoffs with some momentum,” said Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell, who won his 199th career game. “Although we played well against Punxsutawney (56-50 loss Tuesday), you don’t want to go in with a two-game losing streak. Tonight’s win regains some confidence and gets us some momentum because we will have two weeks off. Having a win to reflect back on as your last game was important and not only that, we beat a good basketball team.”
Meanwhile, DuBois fell to 15-7 in its winningest season since going 20-5 in 1989-90. The Lady Beavers host Hollidaysburg Tuesday in the District 6-8-9 Class 5A playoffs.
“I thought it was definitely a very physical game,” said DuBois head coach Keith Kriner, whose team lost two of three to Brookville this season. “A lot of contact was allowed at times, but when Ashley (Hallowell) got into foul trouble, that hurt us. We unfortunately aren’t deep, but our younger girls played well.
“It won’t get any easier against Hollidaysburg.”
The Lady Raiders trailed 37-31 with 3:48 left in the game. Chelsea DeSalve had a chance to put DuBois up eight points, but missed a layup and fouled Brookville’s Madison Johnson, who hit two free throws to start a 9-2 run to put the Lady Raiders up 40-39 on two more Johnson free throws with 2:13 left.
DuBois’ final lead came on Olivia Johnson’s basket to go up 41-40 with 1:58 left. But, a Marcy Schindler basket off an offensive rebound and Madison Johnson’s steal and ensuing basket from her sister Morgan put the Lady Raiders up for good at 44-41 with 1:05 left.
Two two-shot trips to the line by Madison Johnson with under 15 seconds left put the Lady Raiders up 46-43 and after calling a timeout with a chance to tie with 9.9 seconds on the clock, the Lady Beavers misfired on a chance to tie on DeSalve’s missed 3-pointer.
Morgan and Madison Johnson had 13 and 10 points respectively while Marcy Schindler had 11 points and nine rebounds. Lexis Hatzinikolas, with no points, grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.
Ashley Hallowell had 17 points and 14 rebounds for DuBois, but no other player reached double figures. Johnson came off the bench to score seven points and grab nine rebounds.