BROCKWAY — While opening the season with a victory wasn’t cause for a parade through the streets of Brockway, it was still just a little unexpected for the Lady Rovers as they notched a 41-31 victory over Redbank Valley in the opening round of the Brockway Tip-Off Tournament Friday.
The Lady Rovers (1-0) had some success through the first half, taking a 10-point lead to the break but eventually had to hold off a Redbank Valley run down the stretch to take home the victory.
The win moved Brockway into the title game against Clarion, which picked up a 41-35 win over DuBois Central Catholic in the other opening-round game.
Seniors Leah Lindemuth and Kaitlyn Morelli certainly carried the load for Brockway as they combined for 32 points. Lindemuth led the way with 17, while Morelli picked up 15.
However, sophomore Shaughney Richardson was an unexpected surprise for Brockway as she put in nine more.
Tara Hinderliter and Maddy Marshall each had eight points for the Lady Bulldogs, with Adrianna Shilling added five.
The two teams played nearly even through the first eight minutes with Brockway taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Rovers opened up the frame on a three-point run to take a five-point advantage before Redbank Valley’s Shilling hit a shot.
That turned out to be the last point for the Lady Bulldogs for a long stretch as Brockway went on a 7-0 run to make it a 21-11 lead with around three minutes left in the half.
Both teams then added a couple points to their totals before the break as Brockway went to the intermission with a 23-13 lead.
The Lady Rovers started to sputter in the third, opening the way with Redbank Valley and the Lady Bulldogs stepped through to eventually take a 27-26 lead with a little more than a minute to play in the third.
But, Brockway closed with three unanswered points to retake the lead at 29-27 to open the fourth.
A basket by Morelli opened the scoring in the fourth for Brockway but it was free throws that carried the Lady Rovers the rest of the way as they failed to score from the floor the rest of the game, instead hitting 10 of 17 free throws to take the victory.
In the other opening-round game:
DuBois Central Catholic 35
The Lady Bobcats were able to hold off a late push by DuBois Central Catholic to score a six-point victory and advance to the title game.
The two played nearly even through the first 16 minutes of play before basically allowing the opposing offenses alternating runs in the second half.
Clarion (1-0) took advantage of the first as it outscored DCC, 17-5, in the third quarter to stake itself to an 11-point lead heading into the fourth.
Wendy Beveridge, Alexis Constantino and Ali Troese pushed the Clarion scoring binge in the frame. Beveridge finished with a game-high 15 points while Constantino had 12 and Troese six.
However, the Lady Cardinals (0-1) then ratcheted things up to open the fourth to eventually tie things up.
Central Catholic junior Abbey Pettenati, who led the Lady Cards with 12 points, spurred a big part of that run with seven fourth-quarter points while sophomore Shayleigh Gulvas, who finished with 10, had a pair of buckets.
While the duo helped DCC score 11 unanswered points to open the frame and tie the score at 33-33, Clarion was able to bounce back and outscore DCC, 8-2, the rest of the way to notch the win.