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.