Danville’s Bri Staats (15) hits a jumper while teammate Taylor Banbury (32) looks on in the second quarter of Saturday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference game against Lucas. The Blue Devils won, 84-35.

Danville’s Bri Staats (15) hits a jumper while teammate Taylor Banbury (32) looks on in the second quarter of Saturday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference game against Lucas. The Blue Devils won, 84-35.(Photo by Bill Davis)
By , Sports Editor
Mount Vernon News

DANVILLE — When they had their first practice of the season, the Danville Blue Devils set one goal above all others: They wanted to be the Mid-Buckeye Conference champions.

Mission accomplished.

Danville seniors Taylor Banbury, left, and Madison Banbury hold a championship poster after winning Saturday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference game, 84-35, over Lucas. The Blue Devils finished the MBC season 10-0.

Photo by Bill Davis

Danville seniors Taylor Banbury, left, and Madison Banbury hold a championship poster after winning Saturday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference game, 84-35, over Lucas. The Blue Devils finished the MBC season 10-0.

The girls basketball team dismantled Lucas on Saturday, 84-35, to finish its MBC schedule with a perfect 10-0 record.

“They bought into everything we did,” said Danville head coach Matt Proper. “We brought everything together and made a nice conference run.”

This is the team’s first MBC championship since 2000. It’s the first time in recent years the Blue Devils have gone through their conference schedule without a blemish. Not only that, but Danville was rarely challenged. Other than their two wins against Loudonville (Nov. 30 and Jan. 11) the Blue Devils have won every MBC game by double-digits.

“We put in four years of really hard work,” said senior Madison Banbury. “It’s something we set ourselves to do.”

The Blue Devils have a rare combination of experience and youth. The team’s four seniors — Taylor Banbury, Madison Banbury, Corie Inverso and Kimmy Hansen — produce 46 percent of the team’s scoring. More importantly, they provide plenty of help and advice for the younger players.

And what a crop of younger players.

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