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Hall junior Brenna Faletti (No. 14) drives to the basket in front of Bureau Valley’s Katelin Johnson (left) in the first half of Monday’s non-conference game in Spring Valley. Faletti was hurt in the game, but the Lady Red Devils earned the victory. NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
Seven seconds into Monday’s matchup between the Hall and Bureau Valley girls basketball teams, the Storm were called for a double-dribble violation.
The turnovers didn’t stop there as each team had 35 giveaways a piece in the non-contest showdown.
However, the Lady Red Devils found a way to rise above the sports demon known as the turnover for a 36-29 victory in Spring Valley.
Hall’s victory didn’t come easy.
Besides the turnovers, starting junior point guard Brenna Faletti injured her ankle attempting a fast-break layup after a steal with 1:13 left in the second quarter.
“I think the key of the game was when we lost our point guard and fell behind there at the end of the half,” Hall coach Mike Struna said. “Then we came back ... so that was the key of the game — other people stepped up and got us back in the game.”
When Faletti fell to the ground in pain, her team high six-points was a key reason why Hall held a 13-9 lead.
However, in less than a minute, Bureau Valley junior shooting guard Lacey DeVenney hit a 3-pointer, and after a Hall turnover followed by a well-placed pass by junior guard Katelin Johnson, DeVenney put in a mid-range jumper from the corner to give the Storm a 14-13 lead at half.
“That was a great surge by Lacey DeVenney,” Bureau Valley coach Tiffany Gonigam said. “She gave us a nice confidence booster going into the second half. “I told girls it was going to be a tough battle tonight, and I think coming into halftime they really believed it. That was very good for us coming out (in the second half, but) we just kind of ran out of steam.”
While Bureau Valley was trying to duplicate the end of the first half in the third quarter, Hall was conquering the Faletti injury as it scored 15 third-quarter points.
Junior Becca Herrmann attacked the paint and loose balls with a vengeance. She finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.
With 1:01 left in the third quarter, she hit Hall’s only 3-pointer of the game to build a six-point lead at 28-22.
Johnson hit a 3-point basket of her own to answer, but Bureau Valley never cut the lead down to less than three.
Struna said Herrmann’s 3-pointer was a huge offensive boost to a defensive-minded game and gave credit to his team for its accuracy at the charity stripe.
“We made some free throws that we don’t normally make,” Struna said. “We shot free throws a little better tonight. We were 9-for-13 from the line and we’ve been shooting about 45 percent from the line, so the 9-for-13 is awful good for us.”
Sophomore Elle Herrmann only scored four points in the game but made her presence felt in other ways.
She finished with a game-high 13 rebounds, which were six more than anyone else, including Becca Herrmann, who grabbed five rebounds and added three steals.
Elle Herrmann was a major reason the Lady Red Devils (2-4) had 19 steals to the Storm’s eight, despite both squads having the same amount of turnovers.
“We just kept playing,” she said. “We know we did badly (in terms of turnovers), but we just kept playing through it like we know we can.”
Note: Struna said Faletti’s status will be day-to-day as Hall hopes to have her for tonight’s Tri-County Conference opener against Henry.
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.
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