BROOKVILLE — Trying to build more momentum for big games ahead, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team won its second non-league home matchup of the week in a 57-39 win over Ridgway Friday night.
The Lady Raiders, now 13-4 with five games left in the regular season, have one more non-league game at Redbank Valley before closing the season with four straight District 9 League games.
Brookville led a scrappy Ridgway team 24-21 after Emily Fullem’s basket just over a minute into the third quarter before a 14-2 Lady Raiders run put their lead into double figures the rest of the way.
“I’m pleased with the end result, but I have to give Ridgway a lot of credit,” Lady Raiders head coach Mark Powell said. “We’d go on a spurt and they’d fight and claw their way back in it. They hung in there and I give them all the credit in the world for doing that. In the end, it was a good win against a good basketball team.”
Marcy Schindler led the Lady Raiders with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Johnson finished with 12 points. She and her twin sister Morgan combined for 10 points in the big third-quarter run. Morgan and Kira Powell each scored seven points. Lexis Hatzinikolas also had 10 rebounds.
The other big run of 15-2 by Brookville turned a 9-7 lead in the first quarter into a 24-9 advantage midway through the second quarter. But Ridgway’s 10-0 run to close the half put it back in the game.
Emily Fullem had a big game for the Lady Elkers (9-9), pouring in 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Ridgway dropped its second straight game and fourth in its last six, but the needed .500 record to qualify for the playoffs — the Lady Elkers haven’t been to the postseason since 2010 — is in play with remaining games at home against Clarion-Limestone Monday, at Eisenhower Wednesday, at Brockway this Friday and at Sheffield Feb. 13.
“We just need to cut down on turnovers,” said Ridgway head coach Kyle Gordon, whose team had 22 against Brookville. “I think our ball chemistry is there. It’s just some of the silly mistakes in the first quarter and getting the pre-game jitters out of the way. Us going to the playoffs would be the first time in a long time, so we’re excited.”