JACKSONVILLE — After falling to Jacksonville Christian earlier in the season, Donoho stepped up to top the Thunder, 73-66, on Thursday night, giving the Falcons their first Class 1A, Area 10 win of the season.
“We really wanted to win,” Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy said. “We’ve been wanting our wins this year, but we haven’t won a game yet in area. We feel that we didn’t play good or make any of our shots, but tonight we made our shots. We played good as a team and rebounded our shots. It was a team effort, and that’s how we got the win tonight.”
LeCroy proved to be valuable offensively for the Falcons, leading Donoho with 25 points. He finished the game 4 of 5 from the free-throw line.
“LeCroy decided we weren’t going to lose this game,” Falcons head coach Alex Mastin said. “Everybody played hard and it was a team effort, but Jacob decided on his own that he was not going to lose this game.”
Donoho (3-14, 1-6) and Jacksonville Christian were in a heated head-to-head battle until late in the third quarter. Mastin asked his squad to step up defensively, and they listened.
“It was just rebounding,” Mastin said. “We were playing decent defense for the most part, but the ball would go up and they would get a second chance to score. Once we decided we weren’t going to let them have any second chances ... it’s amazing how much your defense gets better when you rebound the ball.”
Seth Ford and Garrett Steed scored nine points apiece for Donoho. Joseph O’Neill chipped in with eight.
“I came out 4-for-4 from the 3,” LeCroy said. “We got really hot. We started playing really good and then they started keying on me, and the rest of the team started stepping up. They changed up some stuff for the second half, but we came through as a team to get through it.”
Reed Murphy led the Thunder with 21 points. He was 6-for-12 from the free-throw line. Walker Messer contributed 16 points for JCA.
“We knew Donoho-JCA was going to be a tight game,” Mastin said. “This is my second year here and every game feels like it could go either way. We knew it would be tough. They’re a team that always gives a lot of effort, and that’s always hard to coach against.”
Jacksonville Christian girls 43, Donoho 37: JCA’s girls topped Donoho to avenge a loss from earlier in the season.
“We started out really good,” Thunder head coach Katy Bryant said. “Our defense was much better than when we played them before. We scored 17 in the first, but our second quarter was terrible. We scored five points, but we went into the second half with a five-point lead. I knew if we could play defense we would be fine.”
Haley Moses was a huge factor for JCA (8-5, 4-2). She recorded a double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds.
“Haley Moses stepped up and played a really big game for us,” Bryant said. “She’s so athletic, it’s hard for people to handle her when she plays like that.”
Kylie Cupp scored 14 points for the Thunder with eight rebounds. Briah Cupp chipped in with four points and 13 rebounds.
Donoho’s Constance Hodges led the Falcons with 11 points. Jenna Stremmel and Lauren Holbrook contributed eight points apiece.