BROCKWAY — In a rematch of last week’s consolation game in the Brookville Holiday Tournament, the Brockway girls basketball team avenged a loss to DuBois Central Catholic with a 35-33 win on Tuesday evening at Brockway High School.
In the game played five days before Tuesday’s game, the Lady Cardinals scored at least 11 points in every quarter in a 55-46 win. This time around, the Lady Rovers took advantage of a cold shooting night from DCC, which had just one point at the end of the first quarter.
With the win, Brockway (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak. Their last win came on Dec. 13 on the road against Cameron County.
“We needed the win really badly after losing four in a row and losing to them in the holiday tournament,” said Brockway coach Dick Esposito.
“The underclassmen played excellent defense tonight. They scored 55 on us last game, and 33 tonight. That’s what we needed to do. We’ll just go from there and hopefully this is the big boost we need.”
DCC, which held a four-point lead with under two minutes to play, fell to 1-6 on the season.
“(Brockway) did a really nice job,” said Lady Cardinal coach Jordan Hoover. “It’s tough when you play a team, and you turn around and play them again. They did a nice job of doing things that I guess I didn’t expect them to do, which would primarily be a man-to-man defense to start. That’s what I usually would hope for, but in this case, it kind of backfired on us.
“It wasn’t like we didn’t get good looks. We just couldn’t find a basket on good looks. That’s kind of been a theme. We shot well against them last time. Obviously we didn’t shoot well tonight.”
Central opened the game with a Shayleigh Gulvas free throw just under two minutes into the game, but was held off the scoreboard over the next eight minutes.
Brockway used that cold streak to put up a 13-point advantage on the Lady Cardinals, with the duo of Kaitlyn Morelli and Leah Lindemuth combining for most of the scoring in that time.
Morelli put in a layup for the first points for the Lady Rovers, and also had two more buckets in the first quarter. Lindemuth picked up four points in the first eight minutes, while Macie Smith also hit a shot in the first quarter as Brockway led 12-1 after the first quarter.
Lindemuth hit a jumper to start the second quarter before DCC’s Alyssa Bittner hit a pair of free throws to break the drought.
The Lady Cardinals started to get their way back in the game before halftime, starting with Haley Pettenati’s three-pointer with just over three minutes left in the first half.
Down 19-8, the Lady Cardinals’ Ashley Wruble also drained a shot from long distance with four seconds left to cut the Lady Rover lead to eight at halftime.
Things started to really click out of the locker room for the Lady Cardinals as they tied the game not even three minutes into the second half and took the lead shortly after.
Bittner got the ball rolling with a layin before Pettenati hit a bucket and Bittner was fouled on a score of her own. Wruble hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with 5:21 to play in the third.
Gulvas got DCC the lead with two foul shots, and Pettenati had a layin with 3:25 to play to get the lead to four, forcing Brockway to call a timeout.
“We played the first half the way we worked on it,” said Esposito. “Second half, we started out slow. I don’t know what it is with the third quarter, but they scored 12 straight points before we even scored. We’re trying to get the girls out earlier after halftime to shoot. We’ll keep working on that.”
Brockway still worked it to a two-point game, 27-25, after the end of the third quarter.
Morelli got the game back to a tie with a jumper with 4:30 to play, but Abbey Pettenati put DCC back on top with a couple layups, with the second coming with two minutes left in the game. DCC led at that point, 33-29.
But Morelli put in the last six points of the night with a layup and a jumper that tied the game again. The senior made a layup off a turnover with a minute left to put it at 35-33.
With Brockway in the double bonus, the Lady Cardinals put them on the line on three different occasions over the final minute. However, the Lady Rovers went 0-for-6 in that last minute from the line.
With four seconds left, Leah Lindemuth grabbed a rebound off a missed foul shot and got away from DCC defenders and dribbled out the rest of the clock to seal the win.
Morelli had 17 points on the night to lead Brockway, while Leah Lindemuth had 10.
“They played a good game,” said Esposito. “They kept their heads, which is the big thing. We gave up a lead. They had the lead going down the stretch, we came back.”
Haley Pettenati had 11 to lead the Lady Cardinals, while Bittner scored eight points.
Brockway is back in action on Friday at home against Curwensville. The Lady Cardinals travel to Elk County Catholic on Thursday.