Ferraro's return fuels win over Elk County

BROOKVILLE — The last time the Brookville girls' basketball team played Elk County Catholic, nothing went right for the Lady Raiders.

Starting forward Emily Ferraro was out with an injury, the Lady Raiders had to travel to play the Lady Crusaders on a Saturday night after playing a tough game against St. Marys the night before, and the Lady Raiders were in the middle of a four-game losing streak.

But when the two teams met Wednesday night at Brookville, the Lady Raiders' luck changed.

Brookville used a strong performance from its seniors, and Ferraro returned after missing five games to help Brookville earn a 49-36 win.

Head coach Mark Powell said that this was one of his team's better efforts this season.

"We took a lot of good shots tonight," Powell said. "We took better shots. Our shot selection was big tonight, and we got a lot of quality looks."

Three of the Lady Raiders' four seniors — Kaitlyn Hill (15 points), Alyssa Byerly (eight) and Jamie Peer (four) — combined to score 27 points. Sophomore Lanae Newsome also added 15 points for Brookville.

Hill was pleased with how she performed on Senior Night.

"I was happy with how we played tonight," Hill said. "We did a good job of holding our lead tonight, and we didn't do that the first time we played them."

Brookville led for most of the first half, but Elk County Catholic seized the momentum after the half. After trailing 25-21 early in the third quarter, the Lady Crusaders went on a 7-2 run to take a 28-27 lead with 5:03 remaining in the third.

The next sequence would change the momentum and the game.

Hill made a three-point shot to give Brookville a 30-28 lead with 4:30 left. Then, after getting a defensive stop, Hill made another basket that helped spur a 14-1 run that would give Brookville the momentum and the game.

By the time the Lady Crusaders could halt that momentum, Brookville had a 42-31 lead with six minutes left in the game.

"That was big for us, but what was more important was that when we got that lead, we didn't let them back into the game," Powell said. "The seniors played well for us tonight."