JACKSONTOWN — The Danville Blue Devils got burned by the Berne Union Rockets on Wednesday night. The Rockets benefited from 21 Danville fouls, but they also stole the ball 11 times, putting an end to the Blue Devils’ season, 49-40, in their OHSAA Division IV district semifinal showdown at Lakewood High School.
“We didn’t play very efficient basketball tonight,” said Danville coach Matt Proper. “You can’t do that, when you’re in tournaments. You’ve got to make the most out of possessions and every possession counts.”
The Devils were strong on the boards, dominating in first-half rebounds, 16-8. They finished with a total of 30 rebounds to the Rockets’ 21. Once the Blue Devils’ got their hands on the ball, however, things unraveled too often. Danville center CeCe Newbold (10 points) picked up a pair of quick fouls in the first quarter. Teammates Taylor Duncan (two points) and Lauren Mickley (16 points) were, each, slapped with three fouls in the first half.
The Blue Devils turned the ball over 14 times in the first half. Despite that, they managed to edge ahead 17-12, early in the second quarter on three Newbold buckets. The Rockets came right back, however, with several baskets and three more steals to rob Danville of the lead and go up, 19-18. The Rockets went into the locker room, at the half, leading 23-21.