CENTERBURG — The Danville Blue Devils took down the Centerburg Trojans 56-42 Saturday in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference league play, thanks in large part to 20 points in the second quarter by freshman Brooklyn Hess.
The Blue Devils did not start out hot, with the game opening on an 11-0 Trojan run. At the end of the first, Danville was behind 17-4. Centerburg post Savannah Gammell had eight in the paint, and teammate Kristy Vargo hit one from downtown. Bobbi Berger was the only scorer for the Blue Devils in the first, making a free throw and draining a three-point shot.
Despite being down 13 points in the second frame, freshman Brookyln Hess found herself with a hot hand, splashing four behind the arch and making an additional four jump shots giving the Devils 20 of their 24 points on the quarter. Not only did this give Danville the lead, but energy and motivation that would carry them for the rest of the game.
Head coach Matt Proper emphasized how Hess helped give the Devils their energy back.
“Momentum is a tricky thing in basketball,” he said “The more she hit I thought our defense pinned their ears back a little more because we were back in it a little bit. It was good to see.”
Coming out of the locker room ahead 28-27, Danville was not thinking about holding back, and their press had proven effective, creating key turnovers and limiting the Trojans to eight points on the period, six of which came from the charity stripe. As for offense Ally Bower did her fair share of scoring, giving the Blue Devils eight of the team’s 14. By overcoming an early deficit, Danville was heading into the fourth with a 42-35 lead.
In the final quarter, the Trojans had a hard time playing catchup. The inside game had been stiffled, and the Danville defenders were not giving an inch to the Trojans vital inside game.
“We missed a lot of shots in the paint,” said Centerburg coach Bo Glenn. “If those shots go in, it could be a different outcome.”
The Devils held Centerburg to only eight points in the fourth, while supplying to their lead by adding on 14, lead by Hannah Duncan and Berger who combined for eight. When the final buzzer rung, it was Danville on top, defeating the Trojans and advancing their record to 6-9 on the season and 5-5 in KMAC play. The Trojans fell to 4-12 on the year with a 4-8 standing in the league.
Hess lead the Devils with 21 points on the night, followed by Bower with 13 and Berger with 12. Duncan, Cece Newbold and Erin Mickley combined for 10 points.
Centerburg was lead by Grace Mulpas with 15 points. Gammell recorded a double-double off of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Vargo, Elise Tucker and Chloe Goulter totaled 13 for the Trojans.
Danville is set to host Fredericktown Monday with a JV tip at 6 p.m. and Centerburg will be traveling to Worthington Christian Tuesday with a start time set for 6 p.m.