DANVILLE — Danville girls basketball coach Matt Proper had a plan to defend Delaware Christian’s Lyssi Snouffer, who was a Division IV co-player of the year in the Central District last season. Make her earn what she gets.
Snouffer went for 18 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Eagles, but the Blue Devils used pressure defense to take control in the first half before blowing it open with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter on their way to a 56-41 win in non-league play Monday night.
“I think one of our overall (philosophies) — not just against Lyssi — but in general is to make players earn their points,” Proper said. “If they earn them, they earn them. I think we did a good job of that. The points she got — she earned. She was shooting over a hand in her face and we walled her off pretty well.
“I think — at times — she outworked us. She got too many second chances. But she’s a good ballplayer. That happens sometimes.”
Danville, which nabbed its sixth straight win, took the lead and control with an 11-2 run in the second quarter on the strength of six steals in the frame and three steals during the run.
Amelia Baldridge scored off her own steal to cut DCS’ lead to one and Bobbi Berger gave the Devils (8-3) a 23-21 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. Berger started the play with her own pick-pocket before Hannah Duncan found her open in the corner.
Ally Bower added a basket and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions before Camie Newbold knocked down a free throw off a Bower steal to cap the run.
Abbi Maurer buried a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to help the Eagles close the half down 29-26.
The game remained tight until the fourth quarter when Cece Newbold took over for the Devils. She scored eight of her 10 points in the frame, including six during an 11-0 run that lasted the remaining 3:41 of the contest.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Bower said. “They’re one of the top four or five teams (in the district), so it feels good to win against a team that good.”
Bower finished with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals; and Berger added 10 points and three steals for Danville.
Hannah Duncan chipped in eight points, five rebounds, four steals and three helpers; and Brooklyn Hess had six assists, four boards and a pair of steals for the Devils.
Katie Neuhart also posted a big game on the boards for DCS with 10 to go with seven points, three assists and a pair of steals.
“We didn’t handle the pressure too well,” DCS coach Jackie Boggs said. “We were in it until about three minutes to go.”
Maurer finished with eight points, five assists and four rebounds and Snouffer added two assists and a pair of steals for the Eagles (5-3).
“I thought Abbi Maurer’s second half was really good,” Boggs said. “I thought Lyssi handled four (defenders) very well because that’s what was on her most of the time. We’ve just gotta get somebody else to step up and be able to handle the pressure because those two can’t do it all.”
Next up, Danville returns to KMAC play Wednesday night at home against Mount Gilead. Action is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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