A-C Valley Girls Headed to D9 2A Title Game

| February 27, 2019

RIMERSBURG, Pa. (D9Sports) – The second-seeded A-C Valley Lady Falcons outscored Keystone 16-2 in the third quarter to break open a 1-point halftime lead and get themselves back into a District 9 title game with a 38-27 win over Keystone in the semifinals at Union High School.

(Photo of Cami McNany. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)

For one half, Keystone gave A-C Valley all they could handle as the Lady Panthers led 10-9 after a quarter and opened up a 15-9 lead 3:10 into the second.

At that point, A-C Valley head coach Dave Sherman called a timeout to reassure his players that this was not going to be the same as the first two matchups, which were won by the Lady Falcons by 30 and 28 points.

“One thing I told them before the game was that we beat this team twice and they had nothing to lose,” said Sherman. “I told them that we have to adjust to whatever they do and not beat ourselves with poor decisions.”

A-C Valley was off for 11 days and playing its first playoff game of the season since beating North Clarion in the KSAC Title game.

“Once we got in the flow of the game and got our rhythm going things changed for us,” said Sherman.

Cami McNany and Kylee Eaton both scored in double figures for A-C Valley scoring 12 and 14 points respectively. The two combined to score all but two of the Lady Falcons points in the third quarter.

“Coming out of halftime we went into our trap defense that we run quite a bit,” said Sherman. “That’s what turned things around in the second half.”

Keystone scored just 10 points over the final two quarters.

Sophomore Emily Lauer led the Lady Panthers with 12 points.

A-C Valley is in a District 9 title game for the second straight year. The Lady Falcons, who lost to North Clarion in the Class 1A title game last season before moving up to 2A this year, will face top-seeded Kane at a date, time and location to be announced.

Just like the KSAC Title Game against North Clarion, Sherman reminded his girls of the silver medals they received the last season.

“I don’t want another runner up,” said Sherman. “I talked to the kids about that before the KSAC Title Game when I showed them our silver medal from last year. We got a silver one from District 9 last year as well, and I don’t like that one either.”

Keystone still has a shot at the PIAA playoffs with District 9 taking three teams. The Lady Panthers will play Clarion in the consolation game at a date, time and location to be announced.

A-C Valley 38 Keystone 27

Score by Quarters

Keystone – 10 7 2 8 – 27
A-C Valley – 9 9 16 4 – 38

Keystone – Emily Lauer 5 2-2 12, Maddie Dunlap 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Hovis 2 1-2 5, Danae Hurrelbrink 2 0-0 4, Trinity Thompson 1 0-0 2, Jozee Weaver 1 0-0 2, Jenna Siller 0 0-0 0, Ceayre Altman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 3-4 27.

A-C Valley – Cami McNany 4 4-7 12, Olivia Boocks 1 0-0 3, Kylee Eaton 5 4-8 14, Rachel Cullen 1 1-2 4, Andrea Meals 1 1-7 3, Emily Etzel 1 0-2 2. Totals: 13 10-26 38.

Three-pointers: A-C Valley – Boocks, Cullen.

Copyright © 2020 EYT Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of the contents of this service without the express written consent of EYT Media Group, Inc. is expressly prohibited.

Category: Local News, News, Sports