Brookville basketball wins a pair of games on road

DUKE CENTER — It wasn't the best game the Raiders have played in recent years, but it was still a win.

Brookville traveled all the way to Duke Center Tuesday to take on Otto-Eldred, and though it returned with a 59-28 victory, Brookville head coach Bud Baughman wasn't too thrilled with his team's performance.

"I didn't think we played real well in any phase of the game tonight," Baughman said. "It was a long trip though, and we're happy to get the win."

Leading the way for Brookville offensively was Zane Hackett, who netted 16 points on eight baskets from the field.

Seth Connor added nine, while Jared Heschke tallied eight points in the win.

"Our execution in general wasn't as good as I thought it would be," Baughman said. "We were sluggish all over."

One area of potential concern for Brookville was the free-throw line. It wasn't that the Raiders weren't making their free throws, but it was the fact that they weren't getting to the line in general.

"I think if you're not getting to the foul line, you're not really being aggressive enough," Baughman said. "We didn't get to the line much tonight. It was one of those games where everybody was a half-step late."

The Raiders now turn their attention to Punxsy (1-1), as Brookville (3-0) will host its rival Friday.

"I think the intensity has to be ramped back up," Baughman said. "I think the kids will be looking forward to playing Punxsy, so we'll see what happens."

Brookville 41, Karns City 28

KARNS CITY — Despite the draining nature of playing their fourth game in five days, the Lady Raiders still had enough strength to hold on for a 41-28 road win over Karns City Tuesday night.

"I thought tonight was a pretty tough night for us, offensively and defensively," Brookville head coach Mark Powell said. "We didn't have our legs, and I think we played a little like that. We just didn't have the energy we've had."

Brookville's defense was strong early, holding KC to just two first-quarter points, and found enough offense during the second quarter to take a 22-11 halftime lead.

The Lady Gremlins came back in the third quarter to trail by just seven points entering the fourth before the Lady Raiders pulled away.

"A win is a win, and we'll take it," Powell said.

Emily Ferraro led the way with 11 points, while Lanae Newsome added 10.

Up next for the Lady Raiders is a trip to Punxsy Thursday against the rival Lady Chucks.

While beating a rival is one thing, when it's the first league game of the season, it can mean much more.

"It's our first league game of the year, and that's even more important," Powell said. "If we want to compete for the league, we have a better chance to stay in the race by going 1-0 in the league, rather than 0-1. It's a big game."