Behind 31 Points from Hayden Callen, C-L Stuns D6 Champion Juniata Valley

| March 9, 2019

ALTOONA, Pa. (D9Sports) – Hayden Callen exploded for 31 points, including 27 from the second quarter on, as Clarion-Limestone, the third-place team from District 9, stunned District 6 champion Juniata Valley, 62-51, in the opening round of the PIAA Class 1A boys’ playoffs at Altoona High School.

(Photo of C-L’s Hayden Callen, who scored 31 points in the PIAA first-round win over Juniata Valley Friday. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)

“Hayden had a whale of a night,” C-L head coach Joe Ferguson said. “He had one of those nights. Once in a while, he goes off like that.”

Hayden Callen, who added nine rebounds, also played a key role defensively in helping limit Juniata Valley leading scorer Cameron Collins, who entered the game averaging 23.3 points per game, through the first three quarters. Collins, who ended with a team-high 22 points, scored 14 of those in the fourth quarter after C-L built a 45-29 lead after three quarters.

“We worked on a defense that we used on Karns City last year,” Ferguson said. “We put Harry (the team’s nickname for Hayden Callen) up at the top of the 3-2 to contain Cameron from getting off easy 3-point shots. He was up top with Julian (Laugand) and Deion (Deas) and they did a really good job of controlling the 3-point shot. Then we pinched in to keep them from dribble penetration.”

The Lions (23-4) won the game in the middle two quarters when they outscored Hornets 34-19 to take the 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. That was after an even first quarter that saw C-L holding an 11-10 advantage after eight minutes.

“We pushed the tempo after the first quarter,” Ferguson said. “We saw we could push the tempo, and we started running a little on them and got back and stopped Cameron from running on us.”

Hayden Callen scored 11 of the Lions 15 second-quarter points to help C-L built a 26-17 halftime lead and then added 11 more during a 19-point third quarter that helped grow the lead to 16 points.

“Harry was in a rhythm,” Ferguson said.

Juniata Valley tried to rally behind Collins in the fourth quarter but the deficit turned out to be too much, although Ferguson wasn’t happy with the way his team played in the final eight minutes.

“We broke down defensively and lost our heads against their press,” Ferguson said. “I used all of my timeouts to get us to understand that we needed to slow the game down.”

While Ferguson wasn’t pleased with the fourth-quarter defense, he was overall pleased with his team’s defensive effort led by nine steals from Ian Callen.

“Defensively, the guys really stepped up,” Ferguson said. “They wanted to go inside, and with Ian down there, he reads (the play) so well and he has some flexibility to float in that zone. He was just snagging the balls. He was picking up a lot of them.”

Ferguson also lauded the defensive efforts of Julian Laugand.

“Julian had a nice game defensively too,” Ferguson said. “He disrupted their play a lot with steals and deflections.”

Offensively, Deas (13 points) and Ian Callen (12 points) also played key roles for the Lions, who Ferguson praised for sharing the ball well.

“We played well together tonight,” Ferguson said. “Sometimes, it’s hard to be motivated when you travel two hours. But we were ready tonight. I really believed the kids were prepared to play tonight.”

C-L will take on WPIAL third-place finisher Cornell, a 56-50 winner over District 5 runner-up Shanksville-Stonycreek, in the second round Tuesday, March 12, at a site and time to be determined.

“I really believe we are one of the top five teams in the state,” Ferguson said. “I told the guys that in practice this week and told them we just need to be more disciplined with our offensive sets and crash the boards. They are pretty excited to be here. They want to win and want to keep pushing on.”


Score by Quarters

Clarion-Limestone 11 15 19 17 – 62
Juniata Valley 10 7 12 22 – 51


Deion Deas 4 0-0 13, Julian Laugand 0 0-0 0, Ayden Wiles 0 0-0 0, Ian Callen 5 2-4 12, Curvin Goheen 3 0-1 6, Hayden Callen 12 6-7 31, Mitch Knepp 0 0-2 0. Totals 26 8-14 62.


Cameron Collins 8 3-6 22, Quinn Zinobile 4 4-6 12, Jaxson Rand 4 0-0 9, Devin Deihl 0 0-0 0, Grant Musser 3 0-0 6, Nolen Reihart 0 0-0 0, Caden Rupert 0 0-0 0, Jacob Hensor 0 2-2 2. Totals 19 9-14 51.

Three-pointers: C-L 2 (Deas, Hayden Callen). Juniata Valley 4 (Collins 3, Rand).

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