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NTL Girls Race Both for Regular-Season Title and Playoff Spots Remains Intense; Magestro, Fields Have Kennedy Rolling

Olivia Fink had 14 points and five rebounds to help Coudersport beat Austin Wednesday night. Photo by Paul Burdick
            

AUSTIN, Pa. – Using a fast start, Coudersport kept its hopes of an NTL regular-season title alive with a 52-36 win at Austin.

                  

Feb. 7 boys recaps

The Lady Falcons (15-4 overall, 12-2 NTL) led 17-9 at the end of eight minutes thanks to a pair of Savannah Myers’ 3-pointers and seven points from Laura Dunn.

The lead was nine, 27-18, at halftime and then 14, 41-27, by the end of the third quarter.

Dunn and Oliva Fink each had 14 points for Coudersport with Fink adding five rebounds.

                                      

Savannah Myers chipped in eight points, five assists, and three steals, and Sierra Myers had seven points, five rebounds, and three steals.

Isabella Rees had 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks for Austin (12-8, 9-6), who saw its grip on an NTL playoff berth loosen with the loss.

Coudersport, which has assured itself a spot in the inaugural NTL playoffs, can still win the regular-season title with wins over Northern Potter and Otto-Eldred and a Port Allegany (13-2 in conference play) loss to Austin.

Austin, meanwhile, needs to beat Port Allegany in its conference finale and hope for an Oswayo Valley loss to either Smethport or Cameron County to avoid a tiebreaker situation. Oswayo Valley could take the fourth spot outright with two wins and an Austin loss. Austin split the season series with Oswayo Valley setting up a tiebreaker scenario. A two-way tie between Austin and NoPo is also possible if Austin falls to Port, NoPo beats Coudy and Galeton, and Oswayo Valley loses both of its remaining conference games. The two Lady Panthers have split their regular-season series. A three-way tie could also happen between Austin, Oswayo Valley, and Northern Potter if NoPo wins its final two games, Oswayo splits its last two, and Austin falls to Port. All three teams have split with each other. The tiebreaker beyond head-to-head hasn’t been revealed yet.

Port Allegany and Otto-Eldred have secured the other two conference tournament spots.

                          

PORT ALLEGANY 59, GALETON 7

GALETON, Pa. – Port Allegany reduced its magic number to win the NTL regular-season title to one with a 59-7 win at Galeton.

All 10 Lady Gators who dressed scored led by 12 points from Kayleigha Dowell, who also had eight rebounds.

Ella Moses had a double-double for Port Allegany (16-5 overall, 13-2 NTL) with 11 points and 10 rebounds while adding five helpers, and Emily Errick chipped in eight points and nine rebounds. Jenna Renner also had eight tallies.

Galeton (0-20, 0-15) got six points from Lynlee Basile.

Port Allegany can win its first NTL regular-season title since 2015 and secure the top seed in the upcoming inaugural NTL playoffs with a win over visiting Austin, on Monday, Feb. 12.

A loss by the Lady Gators and Coudersport could take the title with wins over Northern Potter Thursday and Otto-Eldred Monday. Port Allegany would win the title even if its falls to Austin as long as Coudersport loses at least once because the Lady Gators swept the season series from the Lady Falcons.

OTTO-ELDRED 64, SMETHPORT 37

DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Otto-Eldred secured the No. 3 seed in the inaugural NTL playoffs with a 64-37 win over visiting Smethport.

The Lady Terrors (13-8 overall, 11-4 NTL) got 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists from Kate Rhinehart and 12 points each from Carrie Drummond and Addie Bell with Drummond adding six rebounds and three steals and Bell chipping in three steals.

                                   

Rayel Hakes added nine points and four rebounds for Otto-Eldred with Ayla Van Scoter contributing seven points, six rebounds, and two steals.

Payton Neff led Smethport (4-16, 3-11) with 15 points with Jaidyn Goodman adding nine points and seven rebounds and Elizabeth Hungiville chipping in eight points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

NORTHERN POTTER 40, CAMERON COUNTY 28

EMPORIUM, Pa. – Northern Potter stayed a game back in the NTL playoff chase with a 40-28 road win over Cameron County.

Emma Haynes led the Lady Panthers (11-9 overall, 7-7 NTL) with 16 points with Taylor Knowles adding seven tallies.

Elyse Umble and Navaeh Spaeth each scored eight points for Cameron County (4-16, 3-12) while Trinity Earle hauled down 12 rebounds.

KENNEDY CATHOLIC 85, JAMESTOWN 28

JAMESTOWN, Pa. – Bella Magestro and Layke Fields scored 16 points each in Kennedy Catholic’s 85-28 Region 1 win over Jamestown.

Kennedy Catholic (15-3 overall, 11-0 Region 1) went on a 24-0 run in the first quarter en route to the win.

Madison Pfleger and Tori Harvey added 11 points for the Golden Eagles, while Monique Vincent and Lochlyn Shimrack had 10 each.

Alayna Cadman had 18 points for Jamestown (5-12, 2-9).

SHARPSVILLE 56, ROCKY GROVE 26

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. – Lily Palko had 29 points and six steals to power Sharpsville to a 56-26 non-region win over Rocky Grove.

Palko was one of two Sharpsville (8-10) players in double figures, as Macie Steiner posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Brooklyn Ramsey added seven points in the win, while Savannah Hassan pulled down 10 rebounds.

                                  

Rae Montgomery had eight points for Rocky Grove (6-13).

SHARON 58, MEADVILLE 23

SHARON, Pa. – Sharon put three players in double figures in a 58-23 non-region win over Meadville.

Jamoria Crumby tallied 12 points for the Tigers (11-8), while Tay Chester 11 and Jayonna Clarke 10.

Jayda Gongaware had 15 points for Meadville (0-18).

BROCKWAY 49, KANE 38

KANE, Pa. – Going 10 of 13 from the free-throw line, Sophia Schmader scored all of 16 points in the second half to help Brockway rally past Kane, 49-38, on the road in AML action.

Schmader, who finished with a double-double after recording 12 rebounds to go with five steals, helped the Lady Rovers (8-13 overall, 2-6 AML South) rally from a 13-12 halftime deficit.

Rheanna Spinda also scored 16 points and five steals for the Lady Rovers (8-13 overall, 2-6 AML South).

Sophia Morrison also had 11 points in the win while Maria Buttery grabbed 10 rebounds and Raegan Gelnette had nine boards and five points.

Kane (9-10, 1-6 AML North) got 10 points from Maya Smith and nine from Isabella Saf.

RIDGWAY 56, JOHNSONBURG 22

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Sophia Fullem had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Ridgway to a 56-22 road win in AML action over rival Johnsonburg.

Jenna Kasmierski added 13 points for the Lady Elkers (17-4 overall, 5-3 AML South) with Gabby Amacher chipping in eight points, six steals, and five assists. Emma Vargas also had eight tallies.

Gianna Zimmerman and Cadence Brechtel led Johnsonburg (5-15, 0-7 AML North) with six points each.

BRADFORD 41, DUBOIS 31

DUBOIS, Pa. – Kalie Dixon had a game-high 20 points for Bradford, as the Lady Owls went on the road in D9 League play to beat DuBois, 41-31.

Haley Keane added 13 points for Bradford (4-14 overall, 1-6 D9 League).

DuBois (3-17, 1-7) got 17 points from Lynx Lander and nine from Audrey Kennis.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 50, BROOKVILLE 19

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Getting 23 combined points from Syd Alexander and Emily Mourer, Elk County Catholic kept its hopes alive for a share of the D9 League title with a 50-19 win at Brookville.

Mourer led the Lady Crusaders (18-2 overall, 6-2 D9 League) with 12 points with Alexander adding 11.

Lucy Klawuhn also hit three 3-pointers on her way to nine points for ECC, which can claim a share of the league crown with a win over St. Marys on Saturday and a win over Bradford on Tuesday.

Kaida Yoder led Brookville (8-11, 2-6) with six points.

KARNS CITY 52, WEST SHAMOKIN 34

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Brooklynn Taylor and Naomi Vanesky combined for 38 points to lead Karns City past visiting West Shamokin, 52-34.

Taylor led the Lady Gremlins (14-6) with 22 points with Vanesky adding 16.

West Shamokin got 14 points from Lily Jordan.

UNION (NEW CASTLE) 58, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 23

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Defending PIAA Class 1A champion Union (New Castle) was too much for visiting DuBois Central Catholic knocking off the Lady Cardinals, 58-23.

Kelly Cleaver led the Scotties (15-5), winners of 10 in a row, with 20 points while Kylie Fruehstorfer added 16 points.

DCC (11-9) got six points on a pair of 3-pointers from Lexi Berta.

PURCHASE LINE 74, CURWENSVILLE 12

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Visiting Purchase Line got 19 points from Jianna Hopkins and 17 from Brooklyn Syster on its way to a 74-12 road win over Curwensville.

Anna Layden and Katie Weaver each added 10 points for the Red Dragons (6-15).

Brooklynn Price scored six points for Curwensville (0-19).

                       

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