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Clarion 58, Johnsonburg 56
Clarion gritted out a 58-56 overtime victory in a hard-fought contest with Johnsonburg to win the Class A D9 title.
Clarion outplayed Johnsonburg through the first two quarters, with the Bobcats using their tough defense to hold a six-point lead at the half. Johnsonburg came storming back in the third quarter, taking a four-point lead of their own. The fourth quarter was tight throughout, with a clutch Eric Cristoff three for Johnsonburg tying the game with 30 seconds to go to force overtime. After Clarion took a late overtime lead, two Johnsonburg free-throws tied the game at 56. On Clarion’s final possession, Hunter Craddock took the ball inside, was fouled, and hit both free throws to clinch the win.
Cal German led Clarion with 30 points. Christian Simko scored 10 for Clarion, while Beau Verdill also added 10 for the Bobcats. Cam Stelene powered Johnsonburg with 20 points, while Gabe Watts added 19 for the Rams.
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Clearfield 52, Obama Academy 35
Three of the Bison starters did not make the journey, meaning that other players had to step into roles they would play, but would play more minutes. In any case, the Bison made it work, as they would lead from the opening tip to the final buzzer, taking home a 52-35 triumph.
Clearfield was down three starters, as Karson Rumsky, Luke Winters, and Nick Ryan did not make the long bus ride. That meant guys like Ryan Gearhart and Jake Lezzer would have more playing time, and have to take on the roles that the usual starting five would have. It took a bit to find the right combination, as the Bison would only hold an 8-6 advantage after one quarter of play.
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Cathedral Prep 47, DuBois 34
The contest was tight early, but the Cathedral Prep Ramblers controlled the second half in their 47-34 win over DuBois in the PIAA District 8/9/10 5A Subregional Final. The first half was a low-scoring affair, with the Ramblers taking a 19-17 lead into the half. Cathedral Prep’s offense kicked into gear in the second half, increasing their lead to eight after three quarters and finishing the game with a 16 point fourth quarter to seal the deal.
The Ramblers had a diverse offense, with no player scoring more than 10 points. Khali Horton, Liam Galla, and Will Innes each scored 10 points for Cathedral Prep, while Malachi Milsap scored nine. Brady Woodward led DuBois with 11 points.
Punxsutawney 72, Everett 38
Punxsutawney ran away with the game in the second quarter in their opening round PIAA Playoff matchup with Everett, winning 72-38. The Chucks dominated from the second period on, turning on the jets to keep their unbeaten season comfortably alive. Riley Presloid led the Chucks with 20 points, while Katelyn Griebel contributed 14 for Punxsutawney. The Chucks will next face Mohawk, the WPIAL champions.
Coudersport 41, Otto-Eldred 28
Recap to come.
Windber 53, Keystone 37
Windber used their size and strong shooting to triumph over Keystone, 53-37. The Ramblers were ahead all night, with their post dominance proving too much for the Panthers. Windber’s off-ball movement was also fantastic, enabling the Ramblers to find open shooters all night.
Amanda Cominsky led Windber with 12 points, with all 12 coming in the first half. Gina Gaye scored 11 for the Ramblers, while Rylee Ott added 11. Samantha Toki scored 10 for Windber. Jozee Weaver led Keystone with 12 points. Danae Hurrelbrink also scored eight points for the Panthers.
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