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Clarion 78, A-C Valley 58
A huge 33-point second quarter put Clarion in control in their 78-58 win over A-C Valley in the quarterfinal round of the Class A Playoffs.
The Bobcats trailed 20-14 after the opening quarter but surged ahead 47-34 after their explosive offensive outburst. Clarion was outscored 19-16 in the third quarter, but the Bobcats allowed only five points in the final stanza, closing the door and securing the win.
Beau Verdill had a huge game for Clarion, scoring 27 points. Hunter Craddock added 19 points, and Cal German scored 13 for Clarion. Levi Orton led all scorers with 32 points for A-C Valley.
Clarion will advance to face Elk County on Friday in the Class A semifinals.
Johnsonburg 41, Union 31
Johnsonburg trailed at the break but came out firing in the second half to a quarterfinal round win over Union, 41-31.
The Rams were down 15-11 at halftime but topped their first-half scoring total in each of the remaining quarters, scoring 14 in the third and 16 in the fourth. The scoring rush combined with Johnsonburg’s tight fourth-quarter defense gave the Rams the edge, with the Rams outscoring Union 16-5 in the last quarter.
Gabe Watts and Cameron Stelene each led Johnsonburg with 12 points. Caden Rainey scored 11 points for Union.
Johnsonburg will advance to face Cameron County in the Class A semifinals on Friday.
Elk County Catholic 61, Otto-Eldred 48
A 24-point night from Mason McAllister led ECC to victory over Otto-Eldred, 61-48. The Crusaders were in control all night, taking a 14-point lead into the second half before fending off a Terrors’ comeback to retain their lead. Charlie Breindel also scored 12 points for ECC.
Otto-Eldred was led by Jake Merry and Cole Sebastian, who scored 12 points apiece. Elk County Catholic will next host Clarion in the Class A semifinals.
Punxsutawney 49, Karns City 17
The Chucks’ iron-tight defense allowed them to cruise to a 49-17 win over Karns City. The Chucks allowed only 17 points all night, and their solid offense kept Punxsutawney in control throughout the entire evening. Sarah Weaver led Punxsutawney with 19 points, while Chloe Presloid added 12 for the Chucks.
Punxsutawney advances to the Class AAA title game on Friday, where they will host Moniteau.
Moniteau 55, Redbank Valley 47
The Moniteau Warriors hung tight with the Redbank Valley Bulldogs through the first three quarters and pulled away in the fourth quarter a 55-47 victory in the opening round of the Class AAA Playoffs.
The Bulldogs held narrow leads after the first two quarters, with neither team able to pull away. Moniteau began to assert themselves in the back half of the contest, using their tough interior defense and timely scoring to pull ahead after the third quarter. The Warriors were strong down the stretch, fending off a late Redbank Valley run to hold the victory.
Aslyn Pry led Moniteau with 23 points, while Abbey Jewart connected on four threes to score 12 points for the Warriors. Madison Foringer and Alivia Huffman scored 14 points apiece for Redbank Valley.
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Keystone 49, Kane 11
Keystone eased their way into the Class AA Finals with a dominant 49-11 victory over Kane.
The Panthers allowed only one point through the first three quarters, taking charge of the game early before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter. Keystone’s offense was also rolling, scoring 45 points through the first three quarters.
Emily Lauer led Keystone with 19 points. Natalie Bowser and Jozee Weaver also reached double figures for the Panthers, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Panthers will next host Brockway in the Class AA Finals on Friday.