Class 2A No. 4 Paoli doubled up on visiting Brownstown Central 14-7 in the first quarter of Thursday's girls basketball game.
Over the next two quarters, Brownstown outscored Paoli 37-36 to pull within 49-44, but then the host Rams got to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away and win 72-59.
"We started a little slow, but we fought back and battled," Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. "We just put them on the free-throw line too much. Fourteen of their 23 points in the fourth quarter were from the free-throw line."
Brooke Ebbing led Brownstown with 19 points, while Trinity Booher had 13, and Kaylee Bennett had 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Paoli's Sophie Sears racked up a game-high 37 points, including 19 of 23 from the foul line. The Rams are 18-1, and they finished the season 9-0 at home.
The Braves finished the regular season with an 8-10 mark. They received the bye in the Scottsburg Sectional and on Feb. 8 will face the winner of Tuesday's first-round game between Corydon Central and North Harrison.
Also to note, the Brownstown junior varsity team won 46-33 to finish the season 18-0. Look for a story about their season, including interviews with coach Lee Ann Borden and players, in an upcoming issue of The Tribune and online at tribtown.com.
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