Royer helps Jeeps pull through

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Northeast Dubois' Brinley Royer, right, Wood Memorial's Peyton Shoultz, Northeast Dubois' Hadley Fuhrman, and Wood Memorial's Aubree Speicher go for a rebound during Monday's girls basketball game in Dubois. Northeast Dubois defeated Wood Memorial 45-42.














DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois was on the verge of losing another game after relinquishing a fourth quarter lead on Monday. Enter Brinley Royer to come to the rescue.

The sophomore forward for the Jeeps (2-6, 1-1) had to react quickly in her team’s Blue Chip Conference game against Wood Memorial. Northeast Dubois enjoyed a 41-34 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run to take a 42-41 lead after junior Peyton Shoultz got a multi-chance bucket at the rim. The Jeeps had the chance to retake the lead when junior guard Jazlyn Sander stepped to the free throw line to shoot two with 22.3 seconds left. Both of Sander’s shots bounced in and out of the rim, but Royer was right there to get the offensive rebound after Sander missed her second, and put it back for a 43-42 Northeast Dubois lead.

“‘Get the ball,’” Royer told herself. ‘“Just get the ball. Go for the ball, put it in, rebound.’”

“That’s a big time play to secure an offensive rebound, take it up and score,” Northeast Dubois coach Andy Chinn said.

However, the game wasn’t over at that point, with 19.7 seconds still left on the clock. Both Royer and senior guard Haley Reckelhoff each made one of two free throws in the waning seconds, pushing the Jeeps’ lead to 45-42. There were 2.3 seconds left. Junior Cleo Dennison got a off what would’ve been a game-tying shot for the Trojans, but it did not go, and Northeast Dubois held on for its first home win of 2019-20.

“With 2.3 seconds left, we had a foul to give,” Chinn said. “So, we told them to be aggressive, to be a smart aggressive and definitely do not foul on the shooter, and our on-ball defense right there at the end was good.”

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Northeast Dubois' Haley Reckelhoff dribbles towards the basket during Monday's girls basketball game in Dubois. Northeast Dubois defeated Wood Memorial 45-42.

Scoring got better for both teams after the Jeeps held a 5-3 lead after the first quarter. Nearly two-and-a-half minutes passed before the first bucket of the game. The Jeeps continued to see production from sophomore forward Hadley Fuhrman, who notched a game-high 22 points. She had 18 of her points come from downtown as she connected on six threes, four of them coming in the second half. Her 3-pointer with under four-and-a-half minutes left took a bounce around the rim before it went in. That gave the Jeeps a 41-34 lead. Monday saw Fuhrman lead Northeast Dubois in points for the fifth straight game, and finish with a double-digit point total for the fourth straight game.

“I’ve been just practicing and doing it for my team, and knowing I’m going to have to step it up, and just help the team out,” Fuhrman said.
Fuhrman said her routines have been practicing in the morning and staying after practice. She said her teammates are always there for her.

“She’s just playing how we know she can play,” Chinn said of Fuhrman. “She’s a really good player. She works hard at it and she really had that shot working tonight.”

The Jeeps will find themselves working on different things during Thanksgiving break. They threw high passes at times that went out of bounds on Monday, or got some passes off that the Trojans took and intercepted. Chinn said the team’s ball security is getting better, but still made some young mistakes. He added the team still needs to work on cleaning that up and taking care of the ball. Wood Memorial also had multiple buckets on the night that came following an offensive rebound. Chinn said Northeast Dubois will benefit from watching film when it comes to executing better passes and not giving up the offensive rebounds, but he thought the Jeeps still did well on the boards despite their height and being undersized.

He said Northeast Dubois will continue to play teams with big post players, and credited his Jeeps for fighting to get rebounds. Chinn told the team after the game that they should be proud for beating a conference opponent, adding that he has a ton of respect for Wood Memorial coach Johnnie Bartley. He said the Jeeps have a good taste in their mouths after that one.

Their next action is slated for Dec. 3 in the last of a four-game homestand against another Blue Chip Conference opponent in Washington Catholic. Northeast Dubois cruised to a 64-41 win against the Cardinals last year.

“Hopefully, we just keep building,” Chinn said. “The sky’s the limit for this team. We saw that tonight when we grinded out this win.”

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