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Lady Raiders capture D-IX AA title with convincing win over Lady Wolves

March 2, 2013

The Lady Raiders varsity basketball team, with head coach Mark Powell (far right), was all smiles as the members signified they're number one after winning the D-IX AA title with a 63-51 victory over the top-seeded Lady Wolves at Clarion University's Tippin Gym Friday night. (Photo by Dan Long of The Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The Lady Raiders capped off their triumphant run in the D-IX AA playoffs with a convincing 63-51 victory to capture the title over the Lady Wolves Friday night at Clarion University's Tippin Gym.

"We've said all year that this team can do it (win a championship), and tonight we got it done," said Powell.

"It feels awesome, I can't even describe it. I feel so good, and I'm so glad that we got here. A lot of people didn't think we'd make it this far, but we did, and I'm so proud of everyone. It took a lot of teamwork and hard work, but we made it, and it feels awesome," said senior co-captain Karly Reinsel.

"Just being the seventh seed and coming up and beating the second seed, third seed and then the first seed team; it's just a great feeling, and it's awesome. I don't even have any words to describe how happy I am about it," said Aisha Newsome, senior co-captain.

The seventh-seeded Lady Raiders started their run on Feb. 19 when they traveled to play the second-seeded Karns City Lady Gremlins and bested them 46-37. Two days later, the Brookville girls bested the third-seeded Cranberry squad, 50-49, in a hard-fought win.

The stage was then set for Brookville to face the top-seeded Lady Wolves of Kane, and the Lady Raiders would not be denied a championship plaque.

"We came out and set the tone early. We missed a couple of layups in the first minute of the game, but you could see that the up-tempo flow was there for us. The game plan was to come out and get a fast start and put pressure on them and make it a full-court game," said Mark Powell, Lady Raiders varsity coach. "The big floor (of Tippin Gym) was a big advantage to us, and I thought we used it tonight. The quick start and getting up 20 in the first half, you really can't write a better script to the start (the game)."

For the full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.

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