BROOKVILLE— Brookville girls' basketball head coach Mark Powell knew how important the Lady Raiders' game was Monday night at home against Keystone.
Brookville had lost its last four games and had its hands full with defending Keystone's preseason All-District IX player Morgan Johnson. Also, Brookville lost to Keystone 45-42 the first time these teams met Dec. 11 in the championship game of the Brookville Tip-off Tournament.
Johnson scored 19, but Brookville (11-5) kept Keystone (12-4) from rebounding well en route to a 59-54 win.
"We brought the energy for 32 minutes tonight, and that was the big thing," Powell said. "I thought we hustled all over the floor, diving for loose balls. Our defensive pressure was the key."
Lanae Newsome, who scored 18 points, said that the team did a good job rebounding despite having its best post player, Emily Ferraro, out of the lineup.
"We needed the rebounds really bad tonight," Newsome said. "It's tough without Emily because we don't have any post players, and we're a short team. We did really well tonight."
The game changed when Brookville received some clutch perimeter shooting in the fourth quarter. Newsome and Karly Reinsel made three three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
They combined for five three-pointers in the game — Reinsel made three, and Newsome had two. Reinsel's, who finished with 18 points, first three of the fourth quarter gave the Lady Raiders a 47-46 lead.
After the Lady Panthers made a lay-up to go up 48-47, Newsome buried a three to give the Lady Raiders a 50-48 lead.
Reinsel then hit another three-pointer on the Lady Raiders' next possession to extend the lead to 53-48.
"Karly hit some big threes tonight, and she played a whale of a game," Powell said. "She was undersized underneath and hit the boards hard."
Brookville was able to hold on for the rest of the game and earned the 59-54 win. Powell said the win should give the team a much needed lift.
"It was huge. This win should do nothing but build confidence for these kids," Powell said. "Keystone is a good basketball team. We played really well, and we rebounded tonight better than we have all year. Give the kids a lot of credit, they wanted this one."