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Dec. 13 D9 Boys/Girls Bball: Smethport Holds off Kane Boys for Win; Freer Hits Game-Winner for OV Girls

Alex Ognen had a game-high 15 points in Smethport's win over Kane Monday. Photo by Barb Davis. See more of Davis' work here. File photo

Dec. 13 District 9 basketball recaps




KANE, Pa. – Smethport survived a last-second shot attempt by Kane’s Andy Jekielek to pull out a 44-43 road victory over the Wolves.


According to Kane head coach Caleb Landmesser, Jekielek had what he described as a “good look” on a 17-foot transition shot at the horn that went in and out.

Jekielek’s shot came after a missed one-and-one for Smethport.

Alex Ognen led the Hubbers with 15 points with Preston Alfieri adding eight and Brandon Higley seven.

Kane trailed by 15, 40-25, heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Smethport 18-4 in the final eight minutes to have a chance.

Jekielek was a big part of the comeback scoring seven points and hitting one of three 3-pointers in the final quarter for the Wolves. Those were all seven of Jekielek’s points on the night.

Josh Greville led Kane with nine points with Jon Mishic adding eight and Jack Bell seven.



RIDGWAY, Pa. – Dan Park scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to help Ridgway rally from a six-point halftime deficit and pick up a 47-44 win over visiting Clarion-Limestone.

The Elkers trailed 25-19 at the break but tied the game at 32 after three before outscoring the Lions 15-10 in the fourth quarter with Park scoring eight points in the quarter.

Aaron Sorg added 10 points for Ridgway with Domenic Allegretto and Jack Benninger each adding eight tallies.

Tommy Smith scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second quarter for C-L while hitting three 3-pointers in the quarter. Jordan Hesdon added 10 points for the Lions.


CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Hitting 7 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter, Clearfield was able to hold off visiting Philipsburg-Osceola, 46-40, in the Mountain League opener for both teams.

The Bison were able to overcome a slow start that saw them score just two first-quarter points to get the win.

Cole Miller hit five 3-pointers and netted a game-high 22 points while adding six rebounds for Clearfield, which trailed 10-2 at the end of eight minutes but led by one, 17-16, at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, 32-31.

Luke Pallo chipped in eight points in the win with Ryan Gearhart scoring seven points and dishing out six assists, and Andon Greslick also scoring seven points.

Gearhart talked about the win


MT. UNION, Pa. – Mt. Union spoiled Curwensville’s inaugural Inter-County Conference game with a 66-47 win over the visiting Golden Tide.

Devin Delo hit six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 27 points for the Trojans.

Ty Terry led Curwensville with 17 points with Danny McGarry adding 10 tallies.



BOLIVAR, N.Y. – Jenna Freer hit an 18-foot jumper with 4.6 seconds left to lift visiting Oswayo Valley to a 31-29 win over Bolivar-Richburg (N.Y.) in the first game as girls’ head coach for Clark Cummings.

The Green Wave trailed by six, 26-20, entering the fourth quarter but rallied behind seven points from Charlotte Austin-Keech, who hadn’t scored until the fourth quarter.

McKenna Manning led Oswayo Valley with eight points.

Jessica Majot had a game-high 13 points for Bolivar-Richburg with Kayli Giardini adding 10 points.


OIL CITY, Pa. – Lily Homan nearly had a triple-double to lead Venango Catholic to a 43-22 win over visiting Jamestown.

The Lady Vikings sophomore had a game-high 21 points, 25 in the first three quarters, while coming away with 11 steals and eight rebounds.

Mariah Wesell added 11 points and five steals for Venango Catholic, who also got 12 rebounds and four points from Allison Stewart and six rebounds and two points from Sadie Kalajmaka.

Sara Stevenson led Jamestown with nine points.


JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Kaci Stelene’s 20-points, 16-rebound double-double lifted Johnsonburg to a 51-26 win over visiting Port Allegany.

Tess Kocjancic had an all-around solid game for the Ramettes with six points, eight steals, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Annasophia Stauffer added 14 points and Emma Myers six points and 10 rebounds.

Kayleigha Dowell paced Port Allegany with 13 points and seven rebounds with Ella Moses adding five points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals and Leigha Nelson three points, six steals, and two assists.

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