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Jan. 9, 2021 D9 Girls’/Boys’ Hoops: ECC Tops Port Allegany, Johns Leads Karns City to Win; Breindl, ECC Beat CC in OT

Emma Johns, Karns City

Jan. 9 District 9 boys’ and girls’ basketball recaps.

GIRLS

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 54, PORT ALLEGANY 46

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Tami Geci scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half to help Elk County Catholic rally past visiting Port Allegany, 54-46.

The Lady Crusaders trailed, 24-20, at halftime after being outscored 14-3 in the second quarter but outpaced the Lady Gators 34-20 after halftime.

Brooke Bauer also scored 15 tallies for eCC with Sydney Alexander adding nine points and Julia Aikens seven.

Bree Garzel netted a game-high 31 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in a losing effort for Port Allegany. Garzel, who hit seven 3-pointers in the contest, was a factor in all but one of the Lady Gators’ 14 hoops on the day with nine made shots and the four helpers.

Evin Stauffer added nine points, four assists, and three steals with Jade Evens scoring four points to go with 10 rebounds and three blocks for Port Allegany.

KARNS CITY 28, CLARION 25

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Emma Johnson scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the second half to help Karns City beat visiting Clarion, 28-25.

The game was tied at 15 at halftime, but Karns City outscored Clarion, 10-7 in the third quarter behind eight points from Johns, who hit two of the Lady Gremlins four 3-pointers in the contest.

Johns talked about the victory.

Ava Cherico, who hit a pair of threes for Clarion, led the Lady Cats with 10 points, while Erica Selfridge scored nine.

Rewatch the game.

BOYS

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 52, CAMERON COUNTY 51, OVERTIME

EMPORIUM, Pa. – Charlie Breindl’s layup with 4.5 seconds left in overtime lifted visiting Elk County Catholic to a 52-51 win over Cameron County.

The Red Raiders, who forced overtime tied at 46 on a Dylan Guisto layup with about seven seconds left in regulation, had a chance to win the game but a last-second off-balance 3-pointer by Guisto was off the mark.

Breindl led a balanced ECC attack with 13 points with Mason McAllister adding 12 tallies, including four in overtime, and Mark Kraus 11.

Guisto led Cameron County with 18 points with Caden Beldin and Hayden Brown each adding 13 points.

Rewatch the game via the River 98.9 with Gary Mitchell on the call.

SMETHPORT 56, PORT ALLEGANY 42

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Richie McDowell went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, as Smethport pulled away from visiting Port Allegany, 56-42.

McDowell, who scored a team-high 16 points while going 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, helped the Hubbers expand a two-point lead, 40-38, going to the final eight minutes with his work from the charity stripe.

In all, Smethport had four players reach double digits with Alex Ognen adding 13 points, Layne Shall scoring 12 points, and Chase Burdick 10.

Trey Kleitz scored a game-high 27 points for Port Allegany while hitting four 3-pointers but was limited to just two points, on a pair of free throws, in the fourth quarter when the Gators scored just four points.

KARNS CITY 73, CLARION 64

CLARION, Pa. – Behind Luke Kramer and Chase Beighley, Karns City rallied past homestanding Clarion for a 73-64 win.

Trailing, 33-30, at halftime, Karns City took a 53-49 lead by the end of the third quarter thanks to 10 third-quarter points from Kramer. Kramer finished the night with 12 points and nine boards.

Beighley then took over in the fourth quarter scoring 10 of his team-high 25 points in the final eight minutes while going 7 of 8 from the free-throw line to help put the game away.

Nathan Waltman added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in the victory for the Gremlins, while Michah Rupp chipped in seven points.

Cal German netted a game-high 30 points for Clarion, while Christian Simko added 11 points and Beau Verdill seven.

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