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Jan. 31, 2022 D9 Girls Hoops: ECC Ends Punxsy 15-Game D9 League Win Streak; Ridgway Tops C-L

Tori Newton helped ECC break Punxsy's 15-game D9 League Win Streak. File photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

Jan. 31, 2022 District 9 girls basketball recaps

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 49, PUNXSUTAWNEY 44

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Outscoring Punxsutawney by 12 points in the middle two quarters, Elk County Catholic ended the Lady Chucks’ 15-game D9 League win streak with a 49-44 road win.

It also snapped Punxsutawney’s 29-game home D9 League win streak, as it was the first loss for the Lady Chucks in Punxsutawney in league play since Jan. 8, 2015, when ECC won 37-29.

The last time the Lady Chucks lost a league contest was Feb. 15, 2019, 44-43, at Bradford. Punxsutawney was 10-0 in 2020 and 5-0 this year in league action (there was no D9 League in 2021 because of the COVID-19 bubbles).

Trailing by one, 9-8, at the end of the first quarter, ECC got six second-quarter points from Tori Newton to take a 19-14 halftime lead.

The Lady Crusaders then turned to Syd Alexander in the third quarter, and the sophomore delivered with six of the team’s 17 points to help expand the lead to 36-25.

Punxsutawney didn’t go down without a fight, as Danielle Griebel hit three fourth-quarter 3-pointers to help the Lady Chucks mount a comeback attempt.

But ECC hit 9 of 11 fourth-quarter free throws and got six points from Newton to hold on for the victory,

Newton led ECC with 18 points with Alexander adding 12 and Lucy Klawuhn eight.

Griebel had 14 points and four assists for Punxsutawney with Chloe Presloid adding 10 points, three assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Kierstin Riley also had eight points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal for the Lady Chucks.

The teams are now tied in the loss column for the D9 League win having beaten each other on the road – Punxsy won 35-24 Jan. 12 in St. Marys. If both teams win out, they would tie for the D9 League title. Punxsutawney has won six straight solo D9 League titles since ECC won the league crown in 2015. There hasn’t been a tie for the league title since 2010 when St. Marys and ECC both tied for the league crown at 10-2 when there were seven teams in the league.

RIDGWAY 41, CLARION-LIMESTONE 34

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Thanks in part to 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three blocks from Jenna Kasmierski, visiting Ridgway topped Clarion-Limestone, 41-34.

Payton Delhunty added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists for the Lady Elkers who also got eight points from Julie Peterson and six points, seven rebounds, an assist, and a block from Carli Thomas.

Fracnes Milliron led C-L with 16 points.

UNION 54, VENANGO CATHOLIC 32

OIL CITY, Pa. – Union went on the road and got 37 combined points from Dominika Logue and Keira Croyle to beat Venango Catholic, 54-32.

Logue led the Golden Damsels with 20 points with Croyle adding 17.

Kennedy Vogle also chipped in eight points in the win.

Lily Homan had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four steals for Venango Catholic

CLEARFIELD 48, BELLEFONTE 24

HYDE, Pa. – Emma Hipps scored 16 points to help Clearfield double up visiting Bellefonte, 48-24.

Cayleigh Walker added 11 points for the Lady Bison with Riley Ryen scoring eight and Lauryn Kitchen seven.

Maria Cotter led Bellefonte with 11 points.

OTTO-ELDRED 49, GALETON 13

DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Katie Sheeler and Bri Heller combined for 30 points to lift Otto-Eldred to a 49-13 win over visiting Galeton in NTL action.

Sheeler led the Lady Terrors with 17 points with Heller adding 13.

Allie Macensky and Ava Succowich each scored four points to pace Galeton.

NORTHERN POTTER 35, PORT ALLEGANY 28

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Rebecca Martin scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help visiting Northern Potter secure a 35-28 NTL victory over Port Allegany.

Abbie Cady added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lady Panthers with Courtney Martin chipping in six points and seven steals and Reagan Slawson grabbing seven rebounds to go with two points.

Ella Moses had nine points, 11 rebounds, and three steals for Port Allegany with Leigha Nelson scoring 10 points and Evin Stauffer chipping in four points and five steals.

SMETHPORT 52, CAMERON COUNTY 39

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Elizabeth Hungiville had 22 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and an assist to lead Smethport to a 52-39 home NTL win over Cameron County.

Abby Lutz added 15 points for the Lady Hubbers who also got five points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists from Sabrina Tanner, five points, six rebounds, three assists, and a steal from Danielle Nelson, and four points, six rebounds (five offensive), and two assists from Coryn McClain

Aubree Lorenzo led Cameron County with 15 points with Navaeh Spaeth scoring 11 while hitting three 3-pointers.

COUDERSPORT 47, OSWAYO VALLEY 9

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Savannah Myers scored a career-high 19 points to help Coudersport roll past visiting Oswayo Valley, 47-9, in NTL action.

Emma Chambers added nine points and four rebounds for the Lady Falcons who also got seven points and nine rebounds from Sierra Myers, seven points from Liz Frame, and five points, nine steals, and four assists from Bel Porterfield.

Charlotte Austin-Keech led Oswayo Valley with four points

BROCKWAY 51, BRADFORD 23

BRADFORD, Pa. – Selena Buttery had 19 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and three blocked shot to help visiting Brockway to a 51-23 win over Bradford.

Danielle Wood added 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Lady Rovers who also got eight points, six rebounds, and four steals from Madelyn Schmader.

Alanna Benson scored 15 points to pace Bradford.

ST. MARYS 49, A-C VALLEY 21

FOXBURG, Pa. – Izzy Catalone led a balanced St. Marys attack with 11 points, as the visiting Lady Dutch cruised past A-C Valley, 49-21.

Isabelle Caskey chipped in nine points in the win with Maura Casdkey scoring eight and Olivia Eckels seven.

Baylee Blauser led A-C Valley with nine points.

BROOKVILLE 61, KANE 38

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Ending a three-game losing streak on Senior Night, Brookville got 20 points from one of its seniors Alayna Haight in a 61-38 non-league win over Kane.

Jordan Cook finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Elizabeth and Eden Wonderling each scored nine points.

Brookville led 21-6 to start the game by the 5:20 mark of the second quarter. Kane got within six early in the third quarter before the Lady Raiders pulled away with the 23-point win.

Cora Jekielek led Kane with 11 points and eight rebounds.

HOMER-CENTER 67, REDBANK VALLEY 46

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Visiting Homer-Center hit 21 of 28 free throws on its way to a 67-46 win over Redbank Valley.

Macy Sardone led the Wildcats with 19 points while going 7 of 8 from the line with Molly Kosmack adding 18 points while going 8 of 9 from the charity stripe.

Also reaching double digits for Homer-Center were Ayanna Elliott with 12 points and Marlee Kaufmann with 11.

For Redbank Valley, which was just 7 of 10 from the line, freshman Mylee Harmon had 13 points and Alivia Huffman and Madison Foringer nine each.

BUCKTAIL 45, AUSTIN 27

AUSTIN, Pa. – Makenzie Wagner had 22 points to pace visiting Bucktail to a 45-27 win over Austin.

Ella Brewer led Austin with 15 points.

BELLWOOD-ANTIS 60, CURWENSVILLE 22

BELLWOOD, Pa. – Jaidyn McCracken scored 22 points to lead Bellwood-Antis to a 60-22 home ICC North win over Curwensville.

Chelsea McCaulsky added 15 points for the Blue Devils and Lydia Worthing 12 points.

Alyssa Bakaysa paced Curwensville with eight points.

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