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Girls basketball sectional: Brownsburg beats Ben Davis

After losses in past 3 sectionals to Giants, Bulldogs prevail; next up is Pike


12:00 AM, Feb. 09, 2013 EST

BROWNSBURG, Ind. -- The streak is over.

The Brownsburg High School girls basketball team refused to lose to Ben Davis in the sectional again, holding off the Giants 40-39 Friday night.

Ben Davis has had Brownsburg's number since coach Amy Brauman took over the Bulldogs program in 2007. Brownsburg had dropped seven of the previous eight matchups, including the past three seasons in the state tournament.

"I explained to the girls, 'You are not winning this game just for your team, you're winning this game for the past three teams that haven't been able to beat them,' " Brauman said.

Stephanie Mavunga, a contender for IndyStar Miss Basketball, said she was not ready for her senior season to end, especially at the hands of the Giants.

"It is hard losing to the same team over and over," she said. "You get tired of it and you have to do something about it."

Fittingly, it was Brownsburg's senior star who gave the Bulldogs their final lead.

Mavunga, who is headed to the University of North Carolina in the fall, took the inbounds pass and drove into the paint, drawing a foul from Giants freshman Taylor McDaniel.

Mavunga made both free throws, capping a 19-10 run to battle back from an eight-point deficit.

"It helps that we have a lot of seniors," Brauman said. "They are very resilient. Once we calmed down, we started scoring."

Mavunga led all scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds -- all nine of her field goals came in the paint.

Ben Davis called a timeout with 15.3 seconds remaining.

With fouls to give, Brauman instructed her team to keep fouling a few seconds after each inbounds pass. After the third foul, the Giants were able to get the ball in and drive into the lane.

"One of my assistant coaches suggested we foul," Brauman said. "We have not practiced that before, so we should have let a little more time run off. It worked pretty well."

Brownsburg senior Margaret Oles stripped the ball, knocking it into the hands of teammate Lindsey Low, who was fouled with six-tenths of a second on the clock to secure the victory.

With the win, Brownsburg advanced to a matchup with Pike in tonight's sectional final at Brownsburg.

The Red Devils defeated Conference Indiana rival Perry Meridian 39-26 in Friday's first semifinal. The Red Devils, led by sophomore Brittany Ward's 14 points, were able to penetrate the Falcons' defense and score 20 points in the paint.

"I am really happy with my girls and how hard they work," Pike coach Robert Anglea said. "Ward is a sophomore and has a little length. We try to get it to her. It starts there (in the paint) for us. It moves inside, then out."

The Bulldogs acknowledged they are riding an emotional high after Friday night's win but know they must be grounded when they face Pike.

"It is a whole new game," Oles said. "We have to play with as much heart as we did today."

 

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