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D9Sports.com: High School Basketball Playoff Roundup
District 9 high school basketball playoff recaps, provided by D9Sports.com.
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BROOKVILLE 50, CRANBERRY 49
Seventh-seeded Brookville built a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter and then held off a furious Cranberry comeback to knock off the four-time defending champion Berries 50-49 in the District 9 Class AA girls’ basketball semifinals Thursday night at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym.
The Lady Raiders (12-12) led 46-34 before Cranberry closed within one, 48-47, late in the game. But two Elaina Powell free throws gave Brookville a three-point lead, and Maggie Kahle missed a three with about five seconds left. And, although, Sune Swart grabbed the rebound and scored the clock ran out on third-seeded Cranberry’s season.
Lanae Newsome led Brookville with 18 points, while Emily Merryman had a game-high 21 for Cranberry (15-9) which also got 16 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocked shots from the 6-2 Swart, who is headed to Bucknell next year.
Brookville will play the winner of Friday’s semifinal contest between Kane and Redbank Valley slated for 7 p.m. at Clarion High School.
PORT ALLEGANY 45, VENANGO CATHOLIC 35
PORT ALLEGANY – Despite 13 points and five steals from Lindsay Homan, Venango Catholic’s upset bid at Port Allegany fell short with a 45-35 loss to the second-seeded Lady Gators Thursday night.
Venango Catholic (13-9) led by four, 23-19, in the third quarter before a 12-0 Port Allegany run changed the game.
Becca Lathrop led Port Allegany (20-3) with 19 points.
The Lady Gators will face Keystone in the semifinals Wednesday at a time and place to be determined.
CLARION 64, CAMERON COUNTY 38
CLARION – Top-seeded Clarion used a balanced effort on offense to move into the District 9 Class A semifinals for the third straight year with a 64-38 win over visiting Cameron County Thursday night.
Ashley Hummell led Clarion (21-3) with 14 points, while Maci Thornton added 13 and Mercy Kroch 10.
Clarion will face fifth-seeded Johnsonburg in the semifinals Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. The Lady Cats are looking for their second straight trip to the district title game.
CRANBERRY 51, KEYSTONE 42
CLARION – A cold-shooting night doomed the Keystone boys’ basketball team in a 51-42 loss to Cranberry in the District 9 Class AA semifinals Thursday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym.
The Panthers shot 29.6 percent (16 of 54) from the floor, while Cranberry connected on 52.6 percent (20 of 38) of its shots to reach the title game for the first time since 2009.
Ryan Willison led all scorers with 20 points for Cranberry, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Joseph Hart added 13 and Evan Lutz 10.
Adam Lencer led Keystone with 17 points, while Tyler Beichner added 14.
Cranberry will face top seeded Brockway in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Clarion University.
KEYSTONE 54, COUDERSPORT 51
KNOX – On Wednesday night in Knox, a short-handed Keystone girls’ basketball team rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to knock off Coudersport 54-51.
The defending champion Lady Panthers were playing without their top two leading scorers – Morgan and Madison Johnson – who are both out for the year with knee injuries.
But Keystone used a game-ending 11-3 run to erase the late deficit and get the win.
Courtney Greathouse led Keystone with 18 points, Malinda Brozenick added 11 points and 16 rebounds and freshman Amber Hess had 10 points, two more than she had scored all season.
Taylor Green paced Coudersport with 12 points, and Jenna Gabreski added 11 with Courtney Rodgers chipping in 10.
Keystone faces Port Allegany in the semifinals Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.