BROOKVILLE – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots took on the Blue Devils on Monday, and defensively Brookville was ready to play.
Tri-Village struggled to put the ball in the hole in the first half but managed to jump out to a first quarter lead 11-8 thanks to a couple triples from Shelbey Dowler and five points inside from Danika Mann.
Mann added four points in the second quarter along with a deuce from Autaum Moore and Dowler to help the Patriots grab a 19-13 first half lead.
“Defensively if you look at Brookville scores, they defend well and it keeps them in the game,” Tri-Village girls basketball coach Brad Gray said.
Brookville would hold Allie Downing without a point in the first half as the Blue Devils challenged everything.
Downing would redeem her first half play with a huge third quarter, scoring 10 points, and Mann would add seven to give the Patriots a nice 36-19 lead going into the final stanza.
“I thought in the third quarter we came out and played really good basketball … but I’m not sure why in the fourth quarter we reverted back to the way we played in the first half,” Gray said.
It was a physical game, and both teams spent a lot of time at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Brookville went 3-for-12 in the quarter and just 5-for-22 in the game.
Tri-Village, despite getting to the line 10 fewer times, got the better end of it, going 4-for-5 in the fourth quarter and 11-for-15 in the game.
Brookville won the final quarter 15-11 but would come up short on the scoreboard as the Patriots left town with a 47-34 non-conference win.
“Tonight they (Brookville) made us work for the entire game by defending us hard on the perimeter and playing physical inside,” Gray said.
Despite the physical play inside Mann rose to the challenge as she would lead the Patriots with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
“I was real proud of her. That’s the Danika we know and saw a lot last year. Over the last couple of weeks she has been in a funk. Hopefully whatever she found tonight she keeps it going the rest of the year. She posted real hard and demanded the ball. Brookville has good size but she wanted the ball and finished. She needs to understand she can do that on a nightly basis,” Gray said.
“Allie Downing was out of sorts tonight and struggled a little in the first half,” Gray added.
Downing, however, finished the game with a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Rachel Miller would have six assists and three steals as well in the win.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, and that’s a little concerning to me. This is our tournament venue. We have to shoot it better to have a chance at winning a sectional title here,” Gray concluded.
Tri-Village improved to 17-1 overall and will host Bradford Thursday in a Cross County Conference match-up.
Score by quarters:
Tri-Village …11…08 …17…11 – 49
Brookville …06…07…07…15 – 34
Rachel Miller 6, Autaum Moore 2, Alana Holsapple 2, Emma Printz 2, Allie Downing 10, Shelbey Dowler 8, Danika Mann 20
Totals 4-12-11/15 – 47
Boston 9, Gudorf 8, Pistone 6, Conry 6, Smith 2, Pennington 2, Heck 1
Totals 1-13-5/22 – 34
Tri-Village – 4 (Dowler 2, Downing 1, Miller 1)
Brookville – 1 (Boston 1)