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Philipsburg-Osceola girls upended by DuBois, 44-34
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG - The fact that DuBois played a pair of games over the weekend didn't seem to have any effect on the Philipsburg-Osceola girls basketball team, which was playing its season opener, on Monday.
As the game wore on, however, the Lady Beavers' early season schedule proved to be too much for the Lady Mounties to overcome.
DuBois rallied from an 8-point, first-half deficit and a 19-15 halftime deficit to hand P-O a 44-34 loss in Philipsburg.
Despite being outshot in the first, the Lady Beavers held a decided advantage in shots taken (51-38) and turned it over seven fewer times (29-22).
"I think it had a little bit to do with it," said P-O head coach Doug Myers about whether DuBois having played already had an effect on the outcome. "I don't like to make excuses, but it was our first game and you could tell our kids were a little tight.
"Twenty-nine turnovers ... oh, boy. You're not going to beat too many teams with that, but we still have some guards that are learning a new system. ... They played a smart basketball game. We just have to protect the ball better and get more shots. We didn't get enough shots."
A pair of foul shots by Brianna Rusnak, who scored a team-high 15 points, put the Lady Mounties ahead 18-10 with 3:10 left in the opening half, and that's when DuBois made its move.
The Lady Beavers' Cara LaBrasca had a monster game in the paint, as she finished the contest with game-highs in points (19) and rebounds (10) - many of which came at crucial points in the game.
LaBrasca's two buckets to close the opening half were a precursor of things to come, as the DuBois senior posted 12 points over the span of the last 16 minutes.
"She played a really good game," Myers said of LaBrasca. "They did a good job pounding the ball down the post. We wanted to get out in front of them, but our girls got jammed in there a little bit. They had a hard time getting out there.
"They put a little more pressure on our guards (in the second half) and they moved the girls out to half court a little bit. They did pound it down (inside)."
LaBrasca's bucket with 46 seconds left in the third gave the guests a 2-point cushion entering the final quarter, where they were able to open up a 10-point lead midway through.
Rusnak tied the game on a feed from Cassidy Bauman, but LaBrasca put the Lady Beavers ahead for good by banking a shot off the glass at the 6:56 mark.
The Lady Mounties had DuBois in foul trouble and were in the bonus at the 7:11 mark of the fourth, but it wasn't until Katie Meersand was fouled during a putback with 1:13 to go that P-O got back to the foul line.
After falling behind, the Lady Mounties were unable to get more than one look at the basket, as DuBois won the battle on the boards, 35-26.
"We knew we had one of their big girls in foul trouble," said Myers, whose team attempted 12 shots in the final stanza, "and we wanted to run our 2-man game. For some reason, we couldn't get the ball inside. We just have to continue to get better and keep working hard."
P-O ended the game 12-of-38 from the field and only had four players score in the contest.
Abby Showers and Alyssa Myers had 9 and 8 points, respectively, while Meersand later added a pair of foul shots after missing her first two attempts.
The Lady Mounties will look to bounce back with the second of their three home games this week on Wednesday versus Penns Valley.
"We want the kids to understand," coach Myers said, "that we didn't play well today, but it's a long season. We'll get better. It's a marathon, not a sprint."
The Lady Beavers also won the jayvee game, 42-10.

DuBois-44
LaBue 2 3-4 7, Kirk 1 1-3 4, LaBorde 2 0-0 4, C. LaBrasca 5 9-11 19, Wilcox 2 0-1 4, D. LaBrasca 2 1-4 6, Chandler 0 0-0 0, Sloan 0 0-0 0, Benton 0 0-0 0, DeSalve 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 14-23 44.
Philipsburg-Osceola-34
Hayward 0 0-0 0, Showers 3 3-5 9, Myers 4 0-0 8, Bauman 0 0-0 0, Rusnak 5 5-6 15, Burge 0 0-0 0, Meersand 0 2-4 2. Totals: 12 10-15 34.
Three-pointers: Kirk, D. LaBrasca.
Score by Quarters
DuBois 6  9 13 16-44
P-O     9 10  7  8-34


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