Newsome's game-winner lifts Brookville into final
CLARION — Brookville sophomore Lanae Newsome saw the path to the rim and knew that she had an opportunity to win the game during the Lady Raiders' game at Clarion High School Friday.
She went around a screen at the top of the key and drove to the rim, sidestepping Moniteau's Amanda Sloan and Katie Brehm in the process, and let her shot go.
It glanced off the backboard and went in with three seconds remaining, giving the Lady Raiders a 42-40 win over third-seeded Moniteau (11-11).
Newsome, who finished with a game-high 21-points, said that she wasn't afraid to take the shot.
"The plan was for me to either take a three or try and get a lay-up," Newsome said. "I'm usually comfortable with these situations."
The win clinched Brookville's (17-6) spot in the District IX Class AA girls' basketball championship game. Brookville will play the top-seeded and two-time defending district champion Cranberry Berries (23-1) in the championship game at Clarion University's Tippin Gymnasium at 6 p.m. next Friday night.
The Lady Berries beat fifth-seeded Redbank Valley (11-13), 70-33, Friday to advance to the championship.
Brookville head coach Mark Powell said that he couldn't have been happier with how the last sequence played out. Powell had called a timeout before the last play and drew up what the team wanted to do.
"Everything worked out perfectly," Powell said. "The pass from (Brookville forward) Emily (Ferraro), the screen and the shot. It was great."
Powell said that even with the excitement at the end, he knows that his team escaped with a win. Both teams combined for 51 turnovers. Brookville turned the ball over 26 times, and Moniteau turned the ball over 25 times.
"We were very fortunate to win today," Powell said. "We played really sloppy basketball. We had a lot of turnovers and also forced a lot of shots, which is like a turnover."
Brookville was able to stay in the game despite its mistakes in the first half because of a strong defensive effort. The Lady Raiders limited the Lady Warriors to 13 points in the first half.
Brookville's problem was that its offense couldn't take advantage of Moniteau's turnovers. The Lady Raiders scored only 19 points in the first half.
"I thought that we played well defensively in the first half," Powell said. "But we weren't rewarding ourselves with hoops."