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Jan. 16 Girls’ Basketball Recaps

MONITEAU 46, CLARION 42

CLARION, Pa. – Thanks to 19 points and 12 rebounds from Kristina DeMatteis and 16 points, five steals and four rebounds by Stephanie McCall, Moniteau continued to quickly put its ugly loss last Saturday to Karns City behind it with  46-42 win at Clarion Friday night.

The victory is the Warriors (9-5) third in a row after suffering a 52-4 loss at home to the Gremlins Jan. 10.

“I told them after the game Saturday we weren’t going to let one loss define us, it was one night,” Moniteau head coach Matt Stebbins said. “I’m proud of the girls for recovering the way they have and beating two very, very good teams in North Clarion and Clarion. I’m just very, very proud of them. They didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They’ve responded in a way that has elevated their game all at once, all together.”

Alazia Greaves also played a key role in the win limiting District 9’s second-leading scorer Maci Thornton (22.7 ppg coming into the contest) to a season-low 14 points ending a string of seven straight games of at least 20 points by the Bobcats senior guard. It’s becoming a habit for Greaves, a sophomore, to shut down some of the District’s top scorers, as she limited Redbank Valley’s Brooke Hinderliter (20.7 ppg going into Friday) to a season-low 12 points early in the year.

“Alazia Greaves did a heck of a job on her,” Stebbins said. “She did a nice job. The game plan was to shut her down.”

Thornton still had a double-double in the contest recording a game-high 10 steals to go with seven rebounds and three assists, but cold shooting did Clarion in. The Cats shot just 30.2 percent (16 of 53) from the field compared to Moniteau’s 51.4 percent (19 of 37), and Clarion was just 11 of 44 (25 percent) over the final three quarters and 2 of 13 from downtown.

That cold shooting helped Moniteau build a 44-32 lead with just over two minutes to play before a 10-2 Clarion run fueled by 3-pointers from Nicki Glenn and Alexis Constantino helped Clarion get back within three, 45-42, with just under 30 seconds to play.

“We have heart, we have hustle and they don’t quit,” Clarion head coach Ed Baumcratz said.  “But we couldn’t hit a field goal. There was nothing outside the paint that I think we hit. Then, in the middle of the fourth, we started hitting some jumpers and got back in the game. But the girls played hard. Moniteau is a good team, and they played better than us.”

Lauren Wiser added 12 points for Clarion.

MONITEAU 46, CLARION 42

Score by Quarters

Moniteau 7 13  11 15 – 46

Clarion 10 6 10 16 – 42

Moniteau – 46

Kristina DeMatteis 8 3-5 19, Alazia Greaves 0 0-0 0, Alycia Brehm 1 1-2 4, Stephanie McCall 7 2-4 16, Sara Hull 3 1-3 7, Kara Mentel 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-14 46.

Clarion – 42

Maddy Weaver 1 0-0 2, Anna Reed 1 0-0 2, Lauren Wiser 5 2-4 12, Nicki Glenn 2 0-2 5, Maci Thornton 5 4-4 14, Julie Kennison 0 0-0 0, Kelly Beverage 1 0-0 2, Maya Thornton 0 0-0 0, Alexis Constantino 1 0-0 3, Sophie Wolf 0 2-2 2, Gloria Kroh 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-12 42.

Three-pointers – Moniteau 1 (Brehm). Clarion 2 (Glenn, Constantino).

BROCKWAY 44, KANE 38

KANE, Pa. – Brockway outscored Kane 18-7 in the fourth quarter to get a come-from-behind 44-38 road win over the Wolves.

The Rovers trailed 31-26 going to the final eight minutes but outplayed the home team in the fourth quarter to get the victory.

Juli Esposito and Ashley Moore each scored 11 points for the victors, while Taylor Morgan led all scorers with 12 for Kane. Both girls finished off double-doubles with Moore grabbing 12 rebounds and Esposito dishing out 11 assists.

BROCKWAY 44, KANE 38

Score by Quarters

Brockway 5 12 9 18 – 44

Kane 6 14 11 7 – 38

Brockway – 44

Terwilliger 1 4-6 6, Cappetta 1 2-3 4, Moore 3 5-9 11, Lindenmuth 4 0-0 8, Esposito 4 3-4 11, Spirk 1 0-0 2, Marchiori 0 0-0 0, Morelli 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 14-22 44.

Kane – 38

Taylor Morgan 4 2-2 12, Dyne 3 0-0 6, Hottel 0 0-0 0, Swanson 0 0-0 0, BArner 3 0-0 7, Cumming 1 0-0 2, Lima-Lopez 0 0-0 0, Clark 5 1-2 11, R. Morgan 0 0-0 0, O’hara 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-4 38.

Three-pointers – Kane 3 (T. Morgan 2, Barner)

JOHNSONBURG 38, RIDGWAY 32

 RIDGWAY, Pa. – Ashley Imbrogno had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead visiting Johnsonburg to a 38-32 win at Ridgway.

No other information is available from this game.



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