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Girls’ Hoops: Clarion Edges Keystone; Clearfield Gets Win Over P-O; Ridgway Gets Defensive to Beat DCC

CLARION, Pa. – Kait Constantino hit two foul shots with 39.3 seconds left to break a 37-all tie and give Clarion a 39-37 win over visiting Keystone in KSAC South play.

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(Photo of Clarion’s Jordan Best (with the basketball) and Eva Lerch of Clarion rush up court during the first half of the Lady Cats two-point win over Keystone Friday. Photo by Kim Constantino)

Keystone, which fell a game back of Redbank Valley in the KSAC South race with the loss, had a chance to tie the contest when Danae Hurrelbrink was fouled with 14.1 seconds left.

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But, after a Keystone timeout, Hurrelbrink missed the front end of the one-and-one but the rebound went out of bounds off Keystone.

Jordan Best, however, came up with a steal when she tied up a Keystone player with 7.3 seconds left.

That forced the Lady Panthers to foul KK Girvin with 4.9 seconds left.

Girvin missed the front end of the one-and-one, though, with Keystone getting the rebound. Lauer pushed the ball up the court and put up a clean but hurried look that was off the mark at the horn.

Clarion, which led by as many as seven, 23-16, in the third quarter found itself down one, 34-33, after Maddie Dunlap hit a 3-pointer for Keystone with 4:22 to play. It was the only field goal of the game for Dunlap, who was in serious foul trouble most of the night but couldn’t have come at a better time.

But Jordan Best, who was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game after recording a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, answered with a bucket off a Constantino feed with 3:22 to play on an inbounds play, and Eva Lerch hit two free throws with 2:10 left to put the Lady Cats up 37-34.

Best talked about the win.

Dunlap answered with one of two free throws of her own at the 1:24 mark before Jozee Weaver tied the game with a basket with just over a minute to play.

Girvin added nine points in the win for Clarion with Constantino, who was hounded by Hurrelbrink all night, adding eight points and eight rebounds and Payton Simko six points and six rebounds.

Emily Lauer scored a game-high 16 points while adding five rebounds for Keystone with Weaver chipping in nine points and five boards and Natalie Bowser grabbing a team-high six rebounds while scoring four points.


Jess Quinn (The Coach) and Chris Rossetti (The Scribe) broke down the game and talked a little District 9 girls’ and boys’ basketball in the Jan. 24 edition of The Coach and The Scribe Powered by the Rehab Centre. The Rehab Centre has six locations serving you, including in Clarion, Brookville, and Kittanning. The Rehab Centre, Chiropractors Caring for Health.


DUBOIS, Pa. – Christina Fullem netted 15 points as Ridgway left with a 24-13 victory over DuBois Central Catholic.

Fullem was 5-for-7 at the free-throw line for the Lady Elkers. Gabby Rohr chipped in four points.

Martina Swalligan and Jordan Kosko each had four points to pace the Lady Cardinals.


HYDE, Pa. – Kylie VanTassel hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points as Clearfield earned a 67-42 victory over visiting Philipsburg-Osceola.

Tessa Miller was 5-of-6 at the free-throw line and finished with 15 points for the Lady Bison. Megan Duandetta finished with nine points, all 3-pointers, while Riley Ryen and Oliva Bender each had six.

Kyleigh Kennedy had a game-high 21 points and went 7-of-14 at the charity stripe in the loss for P-O.

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