Jan. 20 girls’ basketball recaps.
(Photo of Elk County Catholic’s Taylor Newton, who had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Lady Crusaders win over Kane Monday night that clinched the AML North title for ECC. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 43, KANE 38
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Behind a monster game from Taylor Newton, Elk County Catholic clinched the AML North title with a 43-38 win over visiting.
Newton had 25 points and 13 rebounds to give the Lady Crusaders the season-series sweep over Kane.
ECC can’t finish worse than 7-3 in the AML North, while Kane can’t finish better than 7-3 in the division that in conjunction with the series sweep gives the Lady Crusaders the AML North title for the first time since 2017.
Tami Geci added eight points for ECC with Brooke Bauer scoring six.
Ainsley Saf hit four 3-pointers to finish with a team-best 12 points for Kane. Emily Bucheit added 11 points for the Lady Wolves and Sarri Swanson scored 10.
UNION 41, CRANBERRY 38, OT
SENECA, Pa. – Rallying from a six-point deficit heading to the fourth quarter, visiting Union beat Cranberry, 41-38, in overtime.
After being tied at halftime, 21-21, the Golden Damsels trailed 31-25 going to the fourth quarter after Kaia Dean and Ava Ferringer each scored four third-quarter points for Cranberry.
But behind a balanced scoring output in the fourth quarter that saw five players combine to score 12 points, Union forced overtime with the game tied at 37.
The Golden Damsels then got an overtime basket from Dominika Logue and two free throws from Hailey Kriebel to outscored the Berries 4-1 in the extra session and get the win.
Logue led a balanced scoring effort for Union with 10 points while Maggie Minick added eight and Keira Croyle and Kriebel seven each. Logue completed a double-double with 10 steals while adding six assists.
Ferringer had a game-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds for Cranberry with Dean adding eight points and eight boards and Kaylie Bruce eight points.
WARREN 40, ST. MARYS 35
WARREN, Pa. – Riley Childress and Emma Ruhlman combined to score 29 points to help Warren hold off visiting St. Marys, 40-35.
Childress scored a game-high 15 points with Ruhlman adding 14.
Kaylee Muccio paced St. Marys with 13 points with Megan Quesenberry adding nine tallies and Allison Schlimm seven.
BRADFORD 53, ALLEGANY-LIMESTONE (N.Y.) 37
BRADFORD, Pa. – Strong offensive outputs from Hannah Lary and Alanna Benson helped Bradford win an interstate showdown with visiting Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.), 53-37.
Lary scored a game-high 23 points while hitting three 3-pointers and going a perfect 8 of 8 from the free-throw line, while Benson hit four 3-pointers on her way to 15 points.
Taylor Dave paced Allegany-Limestone with 12 points.