BROOKVILLE — With only two turnovers in the first half, the Brookville Raiders (12-3) did not struggle against St. Marys (7-8) Friday night and earned a league victory, 43-32.
"I think we're getting a little better (with turnovers)," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "We had some really tough games against some quality opponents, and I think it's helped us. That's really the only way you get better is to play the better teams."
The Raiders' most impressive quality Friday night was their defensive abilities.
The defense held St. Marys' powerhouse Justin Quiggle to just four baskets.
"Sebastian (Kerr) and Seth (Connor) did a nice job on him," Baughman said. "I also thought Zane (Hackett) did a pretty good job on Jimmy Warner. That's pretty good defense, and overall, I was well-pleased with the win."
Brookville stormed out to an early 18-11 lead before the Dutchmen were able to pull with two nearing the end of the first half.
But Connor put up a three-pointer from well beyond the arc at the buzzer to give the Raiders a five-point lead at halftime.
The Raiders' defense allowed just one basket from the floor during the second quarter, and they continued to dominate in the third.
"I thought we were pretty steady the whole game," Baughman said. "We weren't up and down too much. I thought again, defensively, we played pretty well, and that kind of gives us more energy offensively."
In the third quarter, Brookville held St. Marys to just six points in the third quarter, while scoring 12 of its own.
With two minutes left in the fourth, the Raiders held a 15-point lead — their largest of the night — before allowing some bench players to see some playing time.
Sophomore Jack Huggins earned two points off the bench, and both Huggins and Jordan Young hauled down one rebound.
"I got a lot of contributions from my other guys, and everybody played well (Friday)," Baughman said.
Hackett kept his double-double streak alive with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Tighe Truman also earned double digits with 11 points before fouling out with 2:13 remaining on the clock.
Connor had five points, and Austin Burney added a basket to round out Brookville's scoring.
The Raiders also did a nice job on the boards, as Burney, Kerr and Truman had four rebounds each.