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A Long Time Coming: C-L Girls Snap 19-game Losing Streak to Clarion, Beat Lady Cats for 1st Time since 2011; Cranberry Boys Top Union Jan. 12, 2023

Alex Leadbetter helped lead a comeback win for C-L Thursday. It was the Lady Lions first win over Clarion since 2011. Photo by Chris Rossetti

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – For the first time in 12 years, Clarion-Limestone found itself on the winning side of a girls’ basketball game against rival Clarion after a 33-31 nailbiter outside Strattanville Thursday.

The Lady Lions did it the hard way as well overcoming a 19-11 deficit in the first half and a 24-19 deficit in the third quarter.

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A 13-4 run that started with under four minutes left in the third quarter and lasted until 17.1 to play in the game was the difference.

That run gave C-L a 32-28 lead when Lexi Coull hit a pair of free throws with 17.1 to go, but the game was far from over.

Sophie Babington got Clarion back within one on a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, and when Coull hit just one of two free throws with 6.8 to play the Lady Cats had a chance to tie or win the game

But Taylor Alston’s last-second shot from just inside the arc at the top of the key fell short – it may have been topped by Samantha Simpson or Coull – giving C-L its first win over the Lady Cats since Jan. 4, 2011. Clarion had won 19 straight against its rival.

Fourth-quarter free-throw shooting was the difference.

C-L connected on 8 of 12 fourth-quarter charity shots while Clarion was just 2 of 6 from the line in the final eight minutes.

That included the Lady Cats missing four straight free throws between the 2:15 mark and the 1:07 mark that would have tied the game or given them the lead after Alyssa Wiant’s two charity shots with 2:49 to go gave C-L the lead for good at 29-28.

Alivia Diehl had given Clarion a 26-25 lead going to the fourth quarter when she hit a pair of charity shots with no one else around her after being fouled at the third-quarter horn.

The fact those charity shots were needed to give Clarion the lead was a credit to C-L, which trailed 24-19 following a pair of Alston free throws with 4:08 to go in the third quarter.

The Lady Lions used a 6-0 spurt capped by an Alex Leadbetter basket with 1:04 to play in the third quarter. It was C-L’s first lead since 7-5 in the first quarter.

Leadbetter was the spark of the comeback scoring seven of her team-high 12 points in the third quarter. She was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win.


Wiant and Coull each added seven points for C-L, while Alston led Clarion with 12 points and Babington added nine.


KARNS CITY, Pa. – Building a 33-2 halftime lead, Karns City cruised into a 47-5 win over visiting A-C Valley.

Savanna Prescott led the Lady Gremlins with 11 points with Chloe Fritch scoring 10, Brooklyn Taylor nine, and Taylor King seven.

Keira McVay and Ava Snyder each scored two points for A-C Valley.


WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Catherine Kelly scored 19 points and handed out four assists in Moniteau’s 57-19 home win over Forest Area.

Allie Pry added 13 points and five steals for the Lady Warriors whole also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Kendall Sankey.



SENECA, Pa. – Kendall Findlay and Jadyn Shumaker both scored 10 points to help Cranberry pick up a 38-22 home win over Union.

Mariah Wessell added eight points for the Berries.

Ava Strausser, Hailey Theuret, and Cheyenne Dowling each scored four points for Union.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Maura Caskey scored 14 points to help St. Marys beat visiting Johnsonburg, 49-26, in AML action.

Alexa Schneider added 12 points for the Lady Dutch who also got nine from Jayssa Snelick and seven from Olivia Eckels.

Ella Lindberg scored 10 points for Johnsonburg.


AUSTIN, Pa. – Olivia Fink scored 15 points to pace Coudersport to a 41-20 road NTL win over Austin.

Emma Chambers added 10 points for the Lady Falcons with Sierra Myers chipping in seven tallies.

Isabella Rees had 10 points, four steals, four rebounds, and one assist to pace Austin.


EMPORIUM, Pa. – Rebecca Martin had a double-double to help Northern Potter to a 39-12 win at Cameron County,

Martin had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Molly Cady added 11 rebounds and four points for the Lady Panthers with Riley Thompson and Emma Haynes each scoring six points.

Elyse Umble hit a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers and led Cameron County with six points.


GALETON, Pa. – Behind 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals, and three assists from Kayleigha Dowell, Port Allegany rolled past Galeton, 48-9, in Galeton.

Leigha Nelson added 11 points for the Lady Gators with Jenn Baxter chipping in four points and seven rebounds. Ella Moses added six points, six steals, and four rebounds, and Evin Stauffer had five points, five rebounds, and four assists.


DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Katie Sheeler had 27 points, nine assists, seven steals, and five rebounds in Otto-Eldred’s 70-17 home win over Smethport.

All 27 of Sheeler’s points came in the first three quarters including 21 before halftime when the Lady Terrors built a 44-13 lead.

Brooke Close added 10 points and five steals with Bri Heller adding four points, five rebounds, and two steals, and Carrie Drummond eight points and four rebounds.

Elizabeth Hungiville had eight points and six rebounds for Smethport.


WESTOVER, Pa. – Jaylee Beck scored 20 points, as Harmony beat back visiting Curwensville, 50-28.

Janelle Passmore led Curwensville with seven points.

Clarion-Limestone 33, Clarion 31



SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Andrew Green scored a game-high 20 points to lead DuBois Central Catholic to a 54-41 road win over Sheffield in AML Crossover play.

Luke Swisher added 12 points for the Cardinals with Marek Hoyt chipping in nine points.

Lucas McNeal had 13 points for Sheffield with Mason Silvis adding 11, Leihden Wotorson nine, and Connor Finch eight.


HYDE, Pa. – Hitting 13 3-pointers, Clearfield rolled to a 55-26 win over visiting Penns Valley in Mountain League action.

The Bison, whose triples outnumbered its doubles 13-9, got four 3-pointers from Andon Greslick and three from Cole Miller.

Greslick led the Bison with 14 points with Miller adding 13 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Morgen Billotte chipped in five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals while also scoring five points.


RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Visiting Cranberry built a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter on its way to a 68-55 win over Union.

Colin Zerbe scored 11 first-quarter points for the Berries or just three fewer than his season-high of 14 points he scored against North Clarion Wednesday night. Zerbe finished with 13 points.

Noel Bunyak then made sure the lead struck scoring 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Ethan Merryman and Devin Zerbe both chipped in 11 points.

Dawson Camper led Union with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Zander Laughlin added 12 points with Trey Fleming chipping in 11 tallies.

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