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Feb. 20, 2021 D9 Girls’ Hoops: Garzel Explodes for 40 in Port A Win; Brockway’s Esposito Wins 200th Game; Forest Area Breaks Losing Streak

Bree Garzel of Port Allegany exploded for a career-high 40 points Saturday in a win over Bradford. Photo by Patrick Crants. See more of Crants work here.

Feb. 20 District 9 girls’ basketball recaps


Feb. 20 District 9 Boys’ Basketball Recaps

PORT ALLEGANY 60, Bradford 36

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Bre Garzel exploded for a career-high 40 points to go with 14 rebounds, four steals, and three assists to lead Port Allegany to a 60-36 win over visiting Bradford.

Garzel knocked down 12 shots from the field including six 3-pointers and hit 10 of 16 free throws. She scored 29 first-half points before adding two in the third quarter and nine in the fourth quarter.


Gracie Archer chipped in six points in the win for the Lady Gators who also got two points, 10 rebounds, and six blocked shots from Jade Evens and four points, nine rebounds, and four assists from Evin Stauffer.


SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Jessica Wagner had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Forest Area to a 49-17 win at Sheffield, the Fires’ first win of the season breaking a 27-game losing streak dating back to last year.

Amber Guzzi added a career-high 14 points for Forest Area, which outscored winless Sheffield 33-7 over the final three quarters to invoke the PIAA’s Mercy Rule.

Also for the Fires, Megan Clow chipped in seven points.


Alyssa Dunham had eight points for Sheffield.

Forest Area’s last win came Jan. 7, 2020, 41-35, over Venango Catholic. The Fires lost the final 13 games a year ago and started this season 0-14. Sheffield has now lost 26 in a row.

The Fires are now 7-1 all-time in Warren County since East Forest and West Forest combined in time for the 2015 season with wins coming against Sheffield, Tidioute Charter, and Warren County Christian. Tidioute Charter has the lone win in 2020.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Selena Buttery scored 17 points, hauled down 14 rebounds, handed out five assists, and blocked four shots, as Brockway gave head coach Dick Esposito his 200th career win thanks to a 51-31 victory over visiting DuBois Central Catholic.

Danielle Wood added 17 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and four assists for the Lady Rovers who also got seven points from Ciara Morelli and five points and 11 rebounds from Nikki Baker.

Paris Farley led DCC with 12 points with Kayley Riser adding 11.
A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.

Dick Esposito (center with basketball) won his 200th game as a head coach Saturday. Submitted photo


RIDGWAY, Pa. – Hailey Hilfiger and Kaelee Bresslin combined for 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead visiting Cameron County to a 42-25 win over Ridgway.


Hilfiger led the Lady Raiders with 14 points and eight rebounds with Bresslin adding 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Reggie Goodrow nailed a pair of 3-pointers and added eight points for Cameron County with Mallory McKimm chipping in seven points and five rebounds and Morgan Lorenzo grabbing six boards.

Julie Peterson netted a game-high 15 points for Ridgway.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Scoring 48 first-half points, Punxsutawney left no doubt as to who the best girls’ team in District 9 is rolling past visiting one-loss Keystone, 78-34.

The unbeaten Lady Chucks (13-0) outscored Keystone 48-19 in the first half including 22-4 in the second quarter on their way to victory.

Sarah Weaver led Punxsutawney with 22 points and nine rebounds with Riley Presloid knocking down five of the Lady Chucks’ 10 3-pointers on her way to 21 points.

Chloe Presloid got into the act for the victors with 14 points, seven assists, three rebounds, and three steals.

Jozee Weaver scored 16 points for Keystone, which played without center Natalie Bowser, while Emily Lauer added 14 points.

A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.


KANE, Pa. – Sydney Alexander and Tami Geci each scored 10 points to help visiting Elk County Catholic defeat Kane, 42-23.

Alexander added six steals in the victory, while Lucy Klawuhn chipped in six points and Tori Newton three points and seven rebounds.

Rainee Wright scored seven points for Kane.



WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Another double-double from Aslyn Pry lifted Moniteau past visiting Cranberry, 55-19.

Pry recorded a game-high 16 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists, while Abby Rottman added 15 points and six steals, Zoey Hillwig eight points and seven steals, and Catherine Kelly nine points.

Ava Ferringer scored a team-best seven points for Cranberry with Kaia Dean chipping in six.


FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Gwen Siegel scored 14 points to lead North Clarion to a 44-11 win over visiting Venango Catholic.

The She-Wolves led 26-3 at halftime after Venango Catholic lost star freshman Lily Homan to an injury in the first quarter.

Emily Aites added six points for North Clarion, which had 10 players score.

Kennedy Liederbach paced Venango Catholic with four points.

A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Samantha Hayes and Isabelle Caskey combined to score 25 points to lead St. Marys past visiting Johnsonburg, 50-20.

Hayes led the Lady Dutch with a game-best 14 points with Caskey adding 11.

Julia Jones paced Johnsonburg with six points.


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