Cody Strawser/News Danville’s CeCe Newbold drives the lane during the Blue Devils’ game with Zanesville Rosecrans on Monday. Newbold scored 15 points as the Blue Devils won, 47-38.

DANVILLE — The Danville Blue Devils girl’s basketball team won against the Bishop Rosecrans Bishops 47-38 in a game that was close until the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils started to pull away.

The Blue Devils played their hearts out against a Bishops team that was matching them shot for shot until the fourth quarter.

“The game came out a little flat at first,” said Danville Coach Matt Proper. “It sometimes happens. You have those days. I think the second half was much better. We maintained a tempo to the game, our defense looked better, and we didn’t have as many turnovers. I think our defense was pretty tough through-out the game. I think they almost had 27 turnovers.”

The Devils (1-2) struggled at times in the first three quarters offensively, with two quarters not even getting double digits.

“On the offensive end we just weren’t quite meshing, but we looked better in the fourth quarter I thought,” Proper said. “We got the win. That’s the end result that we wanted. We kept sharing the ball a little better.

“The other team was tall and long and they kept disrupting our shots a little bit in the inside. Once we started moving without the ball and finding our teammates open near the basket I thought we looked well in the fourth quarter. We started to get some of those easy scores. We also made shots at the free-throw line.”

The Blue Devils led 22-18 at halftime, but Rosecrans took over in the third, outscoring them 13-7 to take a 31-29 lead. That’s when Danville got things going. CeCe Newbold and Ally Bower helped spark the fourth-quarter charge, scoring six and five points, respectively.

Newbold finished with 15 points to lead the Blue Devils. Bower added 13 points, while Hannah Duncan and Alenah Boeshart both had five.

The Blue Devils will travel to Centerburg for a Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference matchup with the Trojans on Wednesday.

“We’ll take the win and we’ll come back tomorrow. We’ve got things to work on. We don’t have a lot of time for adjustments, but we’ll come back tomorrow a little stronger and a little better for Centerburg on Wednesday,” Proper said.

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Cody Strawser: 740-397-5333 or cody@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews