KNOX, Pa. – Keystone held visiting Kane without a basket for the first 25:10 of their District 9 Class 2A semifinal game on its way to a 49-11 victory Wednesday night.
While the Lady Panthers defense was putting on a performance, the Keystone offense went on an epic 43-0 run after holding a 2-1 lead three-and-half minutes into the game.
Jozee Weaver gave Keystone a 2-0 lead 2:57 into the game before Rainee Wright hit the first free throw of a three-shot foul with 4:30 left in the first quarter to make it 2-1.
Keystone then scored the next 43 points while implementing the PIAA Mercy Rule on an Emily Lauer basket with 5:08 left in the third quarter that made it 31-1.
The Lady Panthers finished the third quarter up 45-1.
Kane got its first basket on a layup by Madi Koza with 6:50 to play in regulation.
Lauer led top-seeded Keystone with 19 points with Natalie Bowser adding 12 and Jozee Weaver 11.
Kane had five different players score two points each.
Keystone will host Brockway in the D9 title game at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12. The Lady Panthers are in the championship game for the second straight season having lost to Redbank Valley in last year’s title game and for the eighth time in program history while Brockway is in the title game for the first time ever. Keystone won D9 titles in 1978, 2012, and 2016.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY 49, KARNS CITY 17
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Three Punxsutawney players scored in double digits, as the top-seeded Lady Chucks advanced to the District 9 Class 3A title game with a 49-17 win over fourth-seeded Karns City.
Sarah Weaver led unbeaten Punxsutawney with 17 points, three steals, and two assists with Chloe Presloid chipping in 12 points, four steals, two assists, and a blocked shot, and Kiersten Riley 10 points, three steals, and three assists.
Danielle Griebel handed out six assists and scored four points.
Emma Dailey and Rosie Carden each scored four points to lead Karns City, which trailed 14-3 at the end of the first quarter and 25-7 at halftime.
It is Punxsutawney’s ninth straight trip to a District 9 title game having won the 4A title from 2017 through 20020 after winning the 3A title in 2015 and 2016 and being the 4A runners-up in 2013 and 2014.
The Lady Chucks will take on third-seeded Moniteau, a 57-47 winner over second-seeded Redbank Valley, in the title game at 7 p.m. Friday at Punxsutawney.
<strong>HOLLIDAYSBURG 66, DUBOIS 43</strong>
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. – Marin Miller exploded for 26 points to lead Hollidaysburg past visiting DuBois, 66-43, in the District 6-9 Class 5A girls’ semifinals.
Sydney Lear added 15 points and Ashden Stitt 14 for the Lady Tigers.
Saige Weible led DuBois with eight points with Abby Guiher and Taylor Smith each adding six.
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