DuBOIS — The DuBois Lady Beavers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end Thursday night in a tough 39-32 home loss to rival Punxsutawney.
DuBois used a smothering defensive effort through three-plus quarters to contain the Lady Chucks and their slower offensive style. That effort saw the Lady Beavers lead 20-18 after three quarters and 26-23 with just over four minutes remaining.
However, DuBois couldn’t finish off what it started.
A pair of 3-pointers by Lady Chucks Kate Horner and Sarah Weaver sparked a 16-6 run to end the game to give Punxsy a huge victory in the District 9 League. The Lady Chucks (10-5 overall) are the lone undefeated left in the league at 5-0. The loss dropped DuBois to 4-1 in league play and 11-4 overall.
Weaver and Horner ignited the Punxsy comeback as each scored eight points in the fourth — a quarter in which the Lady Chucks scored more points (21) than they did through three quarters (18). Weaver, a freshman, scored a game-high 15 points, while Horner (junior) added 12.
Strong guard play a theme in the game, as Chelsea DeSalve led DuBois with 11 points. The teams’ premier post players — DuBois Ashley Hallowell and Punxsy’s Leah Miller — had quite games and kind of offset each other. Hallowell finished with nine points, while Miller had six.
“The final score really wasn’t indicative of the game,” said DuBois coach Keith Kriner. “It was a hard fought game on both sides and could have went either way. The one (player) we didn’t account for was Weaver. She scored I think 15 points and eight in the fourth — including the second of those late threes.
“We had some chances underneath (in fourth), and we just didn’t put the ball in the hoop. But, I think we learned a lot through this and we told the girls that should show you we can play with them. We’re as good as they are, they just got the better of it tonight.”
DuBois came out firing on all cylinders and led 11-4 after one quarter on the strength of six points by DeSalve. But, Punxsy flipped that script and used a 12-4 second quarter to take a 16-15 edge into halftime.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third, with DuBois winning the quarter, 5-2, to lead 20-18 thank to a trey by Caitlin Drahushak. Punxsy then proved to be the team to get its offense going more in the fourth.
DuBois is back in action Saturday at home against Cranberry in a varsity-only game at 2 p.m.