BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls basketball team was given what was probably their toughest test of the season against Kane on Monday evening.
And although the Lady Wolves came away with a 45-33 win, there was still plenty for the Lady Rovers to be happy with in the game.
Not only did Lady Rover head coach Dick Esposito call the game one of the greatest efforts given all year from his team, but one of the Brockway girls became part of school history as Leah Lindemuth became the fourth girls player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark.
“The kids really tried hard,” said Esposito. “I said all week long, this is ‘Goliath vs. the munchkins.’”
Part of the problem for Brockway was Kane’s height with 6-2 forward Ella Marconi, and two more players at 5-11 in Trinity Clark and Rachael Morgan.
“Obviously we don’t have the height, and that’s what really killed us,” said Esposito. “Other than that, we stayed right with them. They made runs. We came back and made runs. We’re within nine points (in the fourth quarter).
“For a team like that who is probably the second-best in the district next to North Clarion, my hats are off to my kids for playing as hard as they did.”
Brockway led for some of the first quarter before Marconi’s layin with 35 seconds left gave the Lady Wolves an 8-7 lead after a quarter.
Lindemuth then made her first basket of the night on a bank shot for the first points of the second quarter, but Clark responded with a three-pointer to get the lead back to Kane, which they would not give up again.
Kane went on to outscore Brockway 15-6 in the second quarter, and took a 23-13 lead to halftime.
The Lady Wolves had their largest lead in the third quarter at 20 points at 35-15, but the Lady Rovers climbed their way back in the game in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Lindemuth’s bucket for her 1,000th point cut the deficit to nine points with 4:40 to play, which was as close as it would get.
Lindemuth ended the night with 15 points and exactly at 1,000 points for her career.
After a pair of Marconi buckets, Morgan Lindemuth hit a three-pointer with 2:33 left. However, the only other points Brockway could get the rest of the way came on a layup from Kaitlyn Morelli, who had 14 points on the night.
Brockway is now 7-9 on the season.
“The season isn’t over,” said Esposito. We have a long ways to go and some tough games, and we’ll be in every one of them.”
The Lady Rovers host Sheffield for Senior Night on Wednesday.