LIVERMORE – After scoring 25 points in a season-opening win, Marjorie DeBrosky tallied a career-high 26 Tuesday night in a 60-49 victory over Mountain Valley.

“She is such an athlete,” said Andies coach Frank Donald. “She’s got that patented running hook layup, whatever you want to call it. She’s a one-man fast break. She’s extremely fast and her game has grown a ton since she started in seventh grade. It’s been a sharp learning curve for her, but she brings a great passion and energy to the game.”

DeBrosky scored 10 in the first quarter and 18 in the first half as the Andies jumped on the Falcons early. Livermore Falls opened a nine-point lead in the first quarter and were up by as many as 18 in the second quarter.

“It’s not just me,” said DeBrosky. “My teammates have made awesome passes. They’ve been able to find me. It’s been teamwork.”

The Andies lost some key components from last year’s squad, but still have a core group that has plenty of experience together. DeBrosky says she’s just a beneficiary of that.

“I’ve been playing with Caryn (Howell), Rachel (Ventrella) and Rebecca (Leclerc) since eighth grade,” said DeBrosky. “We’ve been playing together for a while. We know each other and we know each other’s playing styles. We communicate well.”

Howell added 14 for the Andies, 11 in the second half. Ventrella and Missi O’Connor each added seven. The Falcons were led by Vanessa Cayer with 14 while Tanya Martin and Meagan Maifeld had nine and eight respectively.

The Andies (2-0) penchant for aggressive defense and a fast-paced game was something the Falcons struggled to keep up with in their opener.

“We definitely looked like we were a step behind,” said Falcons coach Rich Allen, whose club had a bye on the opening weekend. “I was surprised how much quicker they looked. We didn’t adjust to it. There were too many turnovers. In the first half, we actually broke the press most times but then we’d give it back to them. That pace was quicker than some of the summer or preseason games.”

The Falcons turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter, and the Andies built the lead with its fast break. Livermore Falls scored 10 straight points, getting two baskets from DeBrosky and one from Ventrella and free throws from Howell and Leclerc.

“We were kind of hoping for that,” said Donald, whose team shot 13-for-16 from the free throw line, including 11 straight, in the opening half. “You can play preseason games, but you know it’s a preseason game. You don’t have the same butterflies and the same intensity.”

The Falcons got eight straight points to get back within one late in the first quarter, but the Andies finished with seven straight for a 18-10 lead after one quarter. Another 10-0 run in the second quarter had the lead up to 36-18.

The Andies seemed to run out of gas a bit in the second half, and the Falcons managed to trim the deficit to eight but Howell and Ventrella chipped in offensively in key spots to keep Mountain Valley at bay.


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