NEW BETHLEHEM — Visiting Brookville jumped out to an 18-2 first-quarter lead, setting the tone in its 57-41 win over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs basketball team Monday night.
The non-league loss dropped the Bulldogs to 3-13 going into Wednesday’s varsity doubleheader at home against Union.
Friday, the Bulldogs travel to A-C Valley before hosting Keystone next Tuesday.
The Raiders (11-4) were playing in their third game in four days and fourth in six days and jumped out quickly, leading 32-9 by halftime and 43-13 by the 2:12 mark of the third quarter.
Redbank Valley outscored Brookville, 23-12, in the fourth quarter to grab some consolation to the slow start. Nick Smith caught fire from the 3-point line, drilling three in the fourth and finished with a team-high 17 points.
“We just have to be ready to play,” Bulldogs head coach Emmanuel Marshall said. “We can’t come out flat and we have to move with a purpose. We came out flat and Brookville moved with a purpose. They moved a lot quicker to the hoop and made hard backdoor cuts. We tried to make some adjustments as far as hedging and switching and we still kind of got caught behind.”
The Raiders shot 54 percent from the field. Aaron Park led the way with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting. A.J. Lachnicht had 11 points.
The Bulldogs finished with 24 turnovers, eight coming in the first quarter. After scoring on Smith’s basket 40 seconds into the game, the Bulldogs didn’t score again until another Smith hoop to make it 20-4 at the 5:43 mark of the second quarter.
“We just have to be ready to play. I know it hasn’t been a fun year for the kids, but they played a little harder in the fourth quarter,” Marshall said.
“Bottom line is that you have to play defense and put the ball in the hoop,” he added. “We didn’t start scoring until the second half of the fourth quarter. We have to do a better job taking care of the ball. Twenty-four turnovers, doesn’t matter who you play, you can’t win with that.”
Tanner Kerle scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench. Brock Barrett had five points and five rebounds, and Ethan Hetrick finished with four points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
In Monday’s other game:
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At Rimersburg, the Knights ended a four-game winning streak with a win over the visiting Fires.
Lucas Bowser had a big game, pouring in 32 points and scoring 11 of his total in the Knights’ 28-point fourth quarter. Union (6-11) led 27-24 at halftime and took a four-point lead into the fourth before outscoring the Fires, 28-18, over the final eight minutes.
Bowser also had seven rebounds. Nolan Cumberland and Reice Saylor had 11 and 10 points respectively with Saylor adding six rebounds. Luke Bowser scored nine points while Greg Duncan led the team with seven assists.
Seth Berlin piled up 25 points for Forest.
The Knights visit Redbank Valley Wednesday in a varsity doubleheader with the girls, then finish the season with four home games staring with Friday against Karns City. Next Tuesday, they host A-C Valley.
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Karns City 72,
Redbank Valley 43
At Karns City, Gremlins freshman Chase Beighley burned the Bulldogs for 28 points in a KSAC-South win.
For the Bulldogs, Nick Smith and Keaton Kahle reached double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.
At Rimersburg, the Knights started slow and it cost them in a KSAC-South loss to the visiting Warriors.
Moniteau led 30-13 by halftime, which was enough to offset Union’s 33-21 advantage in the second half.
Lucas Bowser led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds. Luke Bowser had 12 points and Hunter Johnston finished with nine points and five assists.
Jared Lominski and Ethan McDeavitt led Moniteau with 16 and 14 points respectively.