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Tuesday’s District 9 Playoff Previews: Boys’ 2A; Girls’ 1A; 2A Get Underway

RIMERSBURG, Pa. – The District 9 Class 2A boys’ basketball playoffs get underway Tuesday with four quarterfinal contests.

(Photo: 2,000-point scorer Owen Chambers leads the top-seeded Coudersport Falcons into the D9 2A playoffs Tuesday against Brockway. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

NO. 8 BROCKWAY VS. NO. 1 COUDERSPORT

When and Where: 7:30 p.m. at St. Marys High School
Winner Gets: Winner of Redbank Valley vs. Karns City game
Records: Brockway 8-14, Coudersport 21-1
Brockway Leading Scorers: Alec Freemer (15.9 ppg), Zane Puhala (12.5 ppg), Jon Wood (10.5 ppg)
Coudersport Leading Scorers: Owen Chambers (31.5 ppg), Hayden Keck (14.7 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: Brockway 2013 in 2A; Coudersport 2018 in 2A
Notes: Coudersport has won two D9 titles in a row and has been to a D9 title game in three straight games … Chambers has scored 2,131 career points and is 125 shy of the D9 record of 2,255 set by Johnsonburg’s Calvin Grumley in 2007.

NO. 7 CLARION VS. NO. 2 RIDGWAY
When and Where: 7:30 p.m.
Winner Gets: Winner of Smethport vs. Keystone game
Records: Clarion 11-11, Ridgway 21-3
Clarion Leading Scorers: Cal German (19.5 ppg), Nick Frederick (13.1 ppg)
Ridgway Leading Scorers: Jake Reynolds (11.8 ppg), Will Thompson (11.5 ppg), Matt Dush (9.7 ppg), Daunte Allegretto (9.0 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: Clarion 2003 in 1A; Ridgway 2014 in 1A

NO. 6 SMETHPORT VS. NO. 3 KEYSTONE
When and Where: 7:30 p.m. at Kane High School
Winner Gets: Winner of Clarion vs. Ridgway game
Records: Smethport 11-11, Keystone 16-6
Smethport Leading Scorers: Caleb Lutz (11.0 ppg), Conner Alfieri (8.9 ppg), Ian Woodruff (8.1 ppg), Eric Szarowicz (7.1 ppg)
Keystone Leading Scorers: Troy Johnson (11.5 ppg), Isaak Jones (9.9 ppg), Dawson Steele (9.3 ppg), Andrew Lauer (8.0 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: Smethport 2012 in 2A; Keystone 2006 in 2A

NO. 5 REDBANK VALLEY VS. NO. 4 KARNS CITY
When and Where: 7 p.m. at Union High School
Winner Gets: Winner of Brockway vs. Coudersport game
Records: Redbank Valley 13-9; KArns City 15-7
Redbank Valley Leading Scorers: Nick Smith (15.0 ppg), Keaton Kahle (13.2 ppg), Chris Marshall (12.0 ppg)
Karns City Leading Scorers: Nathan Waltman (14.6 ppg), Chase Beighley (14.1 ppg), Austin Fahlor (12.0 ppg)
Last District 9 Title:
Notes: Karns City won the last two Class 3A titles before moving down to 2A this year … This is the third meeting of the year between these KSAC South rivals. The teams split with each winning on the other’s home court. Karns City won at Redbank Valley, 83-59, Dec. 12 while Redbank Valley won at Karns City, 64-55, at Karns City Jan. 25.

SIX D9 GIRLS’ TEAMS START ACTION TUESDAY

Six District 9 girls’ teams get their 2019 playoffs underway Tuesday with a pair of quarterfinal contests in Class 1A and one quarterfinal contest in Class 2A.

In Class 1A, fifth-seeded Otto-Eldred tangles with fourth-seeded Cameron County while sixth-seeded Elk County Catholic takes on third-seeded North Clarion.

The Class 2A game features sixth-seeded Keystone vs. third-seeded Port Allegany.

CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS

No. 6 ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC VS. NO. 3 NORTH CLARION
When and Where: 6 p.m. at Brookville High School
Winner Gets: Winner of Northern Potter vs. Coudersport game
Records: ECC 11-11, North Clarion (16-6)
ECC Leading Scorers: Taylor Newton (16.8 ppg), Sady VanAlstine (8.1 ppg)
North Clarion Leading Scorers: Abby Gatesman (13.7 ppg), Mackenzie Bauer (10.5 ppg), Haley Sherman (7.2 ppg), Gabby Schmader (7.0 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: ECC 2010 in 1A; North Clarion 2018 in 1A
Notes: North Clarion has won back-to-back D9 1A titles and is trying to become the first team to win three in a row in 1A since Coudersport won four straight from 2001-04 … This is the third time in four years these teams have met in the 1A playoffs with the other two meetings coming in the semifinals. ECC beat North Clarion in 2016 while North Clarion beat the Lady Crusaders last year.

NO. 5 OTTO-ELDRED VS. NO. 4 CAMERON COUNTY
When and Where: 6 p.m. at St. Marys High School
Winner Gets: Top-seeded Johnsonburg
Records: Otto-Eldred 14-8; Cameron County 15-7
Otto-Eldred Leading Scorers: Haylee Frederick (8.6 ppg), Reilly Raught (7.2 ppg)
Cameron County Leading Scorers: Kalee Bresslin (9.3 ppg), Alyvia McKimm (9.2 ppg), Kammie Guisto (8.3 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: Otto-Eldred -Never (Last title-game appearance 2017); Cameron County – Never (Last title-game appearance 2003)
Notes: This is the third meeting of the season between these NTL foes. Otto-Eldred won the first one, 51-42, at O-E Jan. 2, while Cameron County defended home court, 50-36, Jan. 24.

CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS

NO. 6 KEYSTONE VS. NO. 3 PORT ALLEGANY
When and Where: 6 p.m. at Kane High School
Winner Gets: Second-seeded A-C Valley
Records: Keystone 10-11; Port Allegany 16-6
Keystone Leading Scorers: Emily Lauer (12.9 ppg), McKenzie Hovis (12.9 ppg)
Port Allegany Leading Scorers: Cailey Barnett (13.5 ppg), Bree Garzell (9.8 ppg), Erin Stauffer (8.1 ppg)
Last District 9 Title: Keystone 2016 in 1A; Port Allegany 1997 in 2A



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