DANVILLE — Monday night was a celebration in more ways than one for the Danville Blue Devils after they won their game against the Licking Valley Panthers 73-64.

Not only did the Blue Devils earn the victory against the Panthers, but CeCe Newbold reached an important career milestone, scoring her 1,000th career point.

“It feels amazing to be able to share this memory with all my teammates,” said Newbold, whose 11 points all came at the free-throw line. “This is the third person since I’ve been in high school to hit their thousand points. I’m so glad that I have a great and supportive team behind me.”

The celebration of Newbold scoring her 1,000th point was capped off nicely by a win after a second quarter lead that the Panthers were never able to recover from. Danville’s biggest lead was at the end of the third quarter, 56-44, helped out by an incredible number of free throws. The Panthers committed 27 fouls in the game, which produced 44 free-throw attempts for the Blue Devils. Danville made 36 at the stripe (82%) which bolstered the lead in the second half.

In the first quarter, Licking Valley outscored the Blue Devils by only one point, 16-15, helped by a pair of 3-pointers, but Danville started getting to the line in earnest in the second quarter, outscoring Licking Valley, 17-15, to take over the halftime lead, 32-31.

In the second half the Blue Devils were at the line most of the time, going 11 of 14 (79%) in the third quarter as part of a 24-point output. Danville made only two field goals in the fourth quarter, but hit on 13 of 16 (81%) free throws to preserve the lead.

“It was a good game,” said Blue Devils coach Matt Proper. “I thought our girls played really hard. The other team was a good team. Licking Valley shot the ball really well tonight. It was also a physical game. We had some lessons learned, like how to win a game at the end. I’m proud of the girls. Everything kind of flowed throughout the game. Overall, it was just a good team effort.”

Brooklyn Hess topped Danville with 14 points (6-for-6 free throws), and Ally Bower added 14 points (4-4 FT). CeCe Newbold shot 11 of 12 (92%) at the line for all of her 11 points, and Alenah Boeshart chipped in with 10 points. Hannah Duncan and Camie Newbold each finished with seven points.

The Panthers had two players in double figures, Katie Slater with 20 points and Laney Griffith with 16.

Danville plays its next game after Christmas break, on Saturday, Jan. 4, hosting East Knox at 1 p.m.

Cody Strawser/News Danville’s Hannah Duncan (11) defends against Licking Valley’s T. Mooney during their girls basketball game Monday at Danville. Duncan scored seven points as the Devils beat the Panthers, 73-64.

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Danville’s Hannah Duncan (11) defends against Licking Valley’s T. Mooney during their girls basketball game Monday at Danville. Duncan scored seven points as the Devils beat the Panthers, 73-64. Request this photo

 

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

 

 

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