DANVILLE — With a stunning defensive performance, along with a stellar showcase from CeCe Newbold, Danville came away with a 59-38 over the Centerburg Trojans Saturday in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference showdown.
As the first quarter ended, it was evident Danville had control of the game, but it was not until the second quarter before the Lady Devils ran away with it. They implimented a full-court press defense on the Trojans, suffocating them to only three total points of offense. This defensive aggression gave Danville plenty of opportunities to create turnovers, and turn them into points. The X-factor of the second quarter was Newbold, who fought hard to produce 10 points while contested.
“She’s a great player (Newbold), she’s been doing it for a while, and her and Savannah Grammell had a bunch of battles today,” Centerburg coach Bo Glenn said about Newbold. “It really hurt getting Savannah in foul trouble, that killed us as far as defending CeCe because she’s done it for years and has done a great job defending her.”
“We tried to exploit mismatches in the third quarter and I felt our kids did a great job of rising to the occasion,” said Glenn. “If they were going to pressure us then we are going to have to put quicker people out there for their slower players to guard us.”
As the fourth quarter rolled around, Erin Mickley was able to maintain the energy that Danville had been feeding off the whole night by dropping nine points and Berger brought in three more.
Newbold finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Bobbi Berger notched 13 points and five rebounds, and Erin Mickely had 12 points with four boards. Ally Bower, Hannah Duncan, Macy Moore and Brookelyn Hess collectively scored 15 and took 14 off the glass.
Centerburg sophomore Amelia Smith led them in scoring with nine points, while teammates Kristy Vargo and Savannah Gammell had eight apiece. Leading the Trojans in rebounding for the evening was Emmi Harmon with five.
After the contest, Danville rose their record to 4-3 for the season, and will travel to Zanesville Rosecrans Wednesday for a non-conference match up. Centerburg now falls to 0-6 and will return to the court hosting Licking Valley Tuesday.
Danville’s Coach Matt Proper was not immediately available for interview after the game.