District 9 girls’ and boys’ basketball recaps
PUNXSUTAWNEY 56, UNITED 52
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Avary Powell’s strong overtime period helped Punxsutawney knock off visiting United, 56-52.
Powell scored four points, had an assist, and a steal in overtime, as the Lady Chucks outscored Lions 9-5 in the extra session.
“I thought she played really well,” Punxsutawney head coach Mike Carlson said. “Avary was in the right spot a lot in overtime.”
United forced overtime when Lauren Donelson scored on a driving layup with 25.5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 47.
Samantha Griebel had a runner that was strong with 4.1 seconds left for Punxsutawney.
In overtime, the teams exchanged buckets with Powell giving the Lady Chucks a 49-47 lead before Mollee Fry tied the game at 49.
But Powell, off a pass from Chloe Presloid, put Punxsy ahead for good with 2:32 left in the extra session, 51-49.
Olivia Burkett made the basket happen when she fought for an offensive rebound off a missed Presloid shot, and the ball ended up in the hands of Presloid on the right side of the hoop who passed to an open Powell on the right side for the hoop.
More hustle pushed the Punxsutawney lead to 53-49.
Samantha Griebel knocked the ball away from a United player in the forecourt with Powell diving on the floor to get possession for Punxsutawney on the other side of the center court.
From the floor, Powell was able to push the ball forward to Burkett, who scored.
“We got on the floor a little bit quicker than they did,” Carlson said. “After that sequence, I felt good about our situation.”
The Lady Chucks then made just enough free throws to seal the win.
After Fry scored to make it 53-51, Danielle Griebel hit two free throws to make it 55-51.
Ashley Donelson then made one of two for United to make it 55-52, but Presloid hit the second of a two-shot foul with 23.9 seconds left to make it a two-possession game again.
Powell then sealed the victory with a steal with 13.4 to go.
Presloid, despite an off-night shooting (3 of 17) had a double-double for Punxsutawney with 14 points and 13 rebounds while also adding three steals and two assists.
Powell also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while adding a steal, and two helpers and Samantha Griebel chipped in 16 points, two steals, and two assists. Danielle Griebel, meanwhile, dished out six assists to go with five rebounds, three steals, and seven points.
Lauren Donelson had a game-high 21 points for United with Fry adding 12.
Punxsutawney led 36-30 going to the fourth quarter but United outscored the Lady Chucks 17-11 in the fourth quarter behind seven points from Fry to force overtime.
Carlson believed his team’s experience helped it withstand the United charge.
“We have a lot of experience,” Carlson said. “And in that tip-off tournament (at Warren), we got down doubt digits twice early but then came back and played well late and expanded our lead in both games. I think they were still confident from that.”
FOREST AREA 37, A-C VALLEY 24
FOXBURG, Pa. – Kaylie Rooke had 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocked shots as Forest Area moved to 3-0 on the season with a 37-24 win at A-C Valley in the KSAC Small School opener for both teams.
Amber Guzzi added seven points, five rebounds, and four steals for the Fires.
Mackenzie Parks had 10 points and seven rebounds for A-C Valley with Maddy Dehart just missing a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
RIDGWAY 44, SMETHPORT 31
RIDGWAY, Pa. – A monster night from Jenna Kasmierski helped Ridgway open its season with a 44-31 win over visiting Smethport.
Kasmierski had 20 points, 15 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and an assist.
Gabby Amacher also added 12 points, five assists, and two steals for the Lady Elkers.
Elizabeth Hungiville led Smethport with 14 points.
JOHNSONBURG 49, BROOKVILLE 44
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Annasophia Stauffer scored six of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Johnsonburg beat visiting Brookville, 49-44.
The Ramettes led 31-29 going to the fourth quarter before outscoring the Lady Raiders 18-15 in the final eight minutes behind Stauffer and Emma Myers, who also scored six points in the quarter while going 4 of 4 from the line.
Myers added 10 points in the win with Maria Casilio and Ella Lindberg each scoring eight points.
Eden Wonderling had a game-high 23 points for Brookville.
PORT ALLEGANY 47, BRADFORD 26
BRADFORD, Pa. – Brynn Evens and Evin Stauffer each scored 13 points to help visiting Port Allegany to a 47-26 win over Bradford.
Evens added seven rebounds and four blocks with Stauffer chipping in four assists and four steals.
Also for the Lady Gators, Ella Moses had nine points and eight rebounds.
Kalie Dixon paced Bradford with 12 points.
OTTO-ELDRED 61, NORTHERN POTTER 31
ULYSSES, Pa. – Katie Sheeler, Anna Merry, and Carrie Drummond each reached double digits in Otto-Eldred 61-31 road win over Northern Potter in the NTL lid-lifter for both teams.
Sheeler had a game-high 22 points to go with six assists and five steals.
Merry scored 18 points and added four rebounds, and four steals and Drummond had 12 points and three steals.
Also for the Lady Terrors, Bri Heller grabbed seven rebounds, handed out two assists, came away with two steals, and scored three points.
Rebecca Martin scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Northern Potter with Molly Caddy chipping in six points and seven rebound.
NORTH CLARION 40, CLARION 27
FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Lauren Lutz led a balanced North Clarion attack with eight points in a KSAC Small School opening 40-27 win over visiting Clarion.
Lilly Homan made her North Clarion debut with seven points with Maria Bauer also scoring seven tallies.
Gia Babington led Clarion with eight points with Taylor Alston scoring seven.
North Clarion led 27-5 at halftime.
ST. MARYS 61, BROCKWAY 25
BROCKWAY, Pa. – Jayssa Snelick scored 19 points to help visiting St. Marys to a 61-25 win over Brockway in AML South action.
Maura Caskey added 15 points for the Lady Dutch with Izzy Catalone chipping in 13 points.
Madelyn Schmader had 15 points, eight rebounds, and five steals for Brockway.
MONITEAU 47, CLARION-LIMESTONE 15
WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Behind 18 points from Catherine Kelly Moniteau topped visiting Clarion-Limestone, 47-15, in the KSAC Large School opener for both teams.
Davina Pry added 10 points for the Lady Warriors while Kendall Sankey grabbed 15 rebounds.
Alyssa Wiant led C-L with 11 points.
KARNS CITY 53, KEYSTONE 32
KARNS CITY, Pa. – Chloe Fritch had a points/steals double-double to lift Karns City to a KSAC Large School opening 53-32 win at home over Keystone.
Fritch had 14 points and 12 steals, while Brooklyn Taylor scored a game-high 20 points for the Lady Gremlins.
Emma Dailey also had a double-double in the win with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Ava Patrick led Keystone with 10 points.
REDBANK VALLEY 76, CRANBERRY 3
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Mylee Harmon scored 25 points, as Redbank Valley raced past visiting Cranberry, 76-3, in the KSAC.
Twenty-four of Harmon’s tallies came before halftime, as the Lady Bulldogs built a 56-1 lead at the break.
Alivia Huffman and Caylen Rearick each added 12 points for Redbank valley with Adyson Bond Scoring 11 and Quinn White eight.
Jadyn Shumaker had the lone basket for Cranberry finishing with two points.
ST. MARYS 78, BROCKWAY 40
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Quinn Gavazzi hit eight 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 30 points, as St. Marys won in its AML South debut, 78-40, over visiting Brockway.
Gavazzi’s previous career-best was 28 vs. Punxsutawney Feb. 5, 2022.
Zach Thorwart added 11 points for the Dutch who also got 10 tallies from Anthony Nedzinski and Tyler Mitchell and nine points from Tanner Fox.
Aiden Grieneisen led Brockway with 15 points with Alex Carlson adding 11.
KANE 43, PORT ALLEGANY 38
KANE, Pa. – Ricky Zampogna had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lift Kane to a 43-38 win over visiting Port Allegany.
Sam Lundeen hit a pair of 3-pointers and added seven tallies for the Wolves.
Braylon BUtton had 11 points and nine rebounds for Port Allegany with Noah Archer adding eight points, Drew Evens seven points, four steals, three assists, and five rebounds, and Blaine Moses eight rebounds and three points.
OTTO-ELDRED 52, SHEFFIELD 41
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Manning Splain and Landon Francis combined to score 33 points to lift Otto-Elred to a 52-41 road win over Sheffield.
Splain led the Terrors with 17 points with Francis adding 16.
Shene Thomas also scored 10 points for O-E with Austin Cousins adding nine.
Connor Finch had 14 points and eight rebounds for Sheffield with Mason Silvis adding eight points.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 63, COUDERSPORT 21
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Led by 18 points from Jordan Wasko, nine different Elk County Catholic players scored in a 63-21 season-opening win at Coudersport.
Colby Nussbaum and Michael Jacobs each added eight points for the Crusaders.
Rielly Streich led Coudersport with seven points.
WARREN 47, BRADFORD 22
WARREN, Pa. – Owen Becker led a balanced offensive effort with 12 points as Warren topped Bradford 47-22 in District 9/10 crossover action.
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Becker scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half on his way to Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game honors. He talked about the win:
Brady Berdine was also in double figures for Warren, which led 25-10 at halftime, with 10 points, while Konnor Hoffman added seven.
Jake Franz led Bradford with 11 points.
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 69, DUBOIS 47
MILL HALL, Pa. – Hayden Pardoe scored 23 points to lead Central Mountain to a 69-47 home win over DuBois.
Tyson Kennis had a career-best 25 points for DuBois.
ARMAGH, Pa. – Tyler Robertson scored 17 points to lead United to a 64-48 home win over Punxsutawney.
Noah Weaver paced Punxsutawney with 15 points.
CRAWFORD COUNTY CHRISTIAN 64, VENANGO CATHOLIC 31
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Jay Hemlock scored 20 points to lead Crawford County Christian to a 64-31 win over visiting Venango Catholic.
James Henry had 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and three steals for Venango Catholic with Konnor Beichner adding 11 rebounds and two points.