Clarion Girls Secure PIAA Berth with Win over Keystone

| March 1, 2019


BROOKVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Using a 13-2 first-half run, Clarion claimed its first PIAA playoff berth since 2015 with a 51-37 win over Keystone in the District 9 Class 2A girls’ consolation game at Brookville High School.

(Photo of Kait Constantino, who was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game)

Relisten to the game:

The Lady Cats, who started strong, were up just one, 10-9, following the third of three consecutive 3-pointers by Keystone’s Emily Lauer but scored 13 of the next 15 points to take control of the game.

Clarion, which led 28-15 at halftime, led by as many 15, 33-18, in the second half before Keystone made a push and got within six, 41-35, with three-and-half minutes left.

But Kait Constantino made four key free throws to push the Clarion lead back to 10, and the Lady Cats were able to secure the victory.

“It feels good,” Constantino said. “We (as in this current group of Clarion players) has never been here. We have never gone this far. So it feels good to make it this far.”

Watch Constantino’s full postgame interview.

Constantino led Clarion with 13 points while Wendy Beveridge had 11 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Jordan Best and KK Girvan each chipped in eight points with Best, a freshman, adding nine rebounds, and Ali Troese had seven tallies.

Lauer paced Keystone (11-13) with a game-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds. McKenzie Hovis added 10 points. Trinity Thompson had four points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Clarion will take on District 4 champion Mount Carmel in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs.

CLARION 51, KEYSTONE 37

Score by Quarters

Keystone 9 6 10 12 – 37
Clarion 13 15 9 14 – 51

KEYSTONE – 37

Emily Lauer 6 0-0 15, Maddie Dunlap 0 0-0 0, Danae Hurrelbrink 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Dunlap 1 0-0 3, McKenzie Hovis 4 1-2 10, Trinity Thompson 2 0-0 4, Jozee Weaver 2 1-2 5, Jenna Stiller 0 0-0 0, Ceayra Altman 0 0-2 0. Totals 15 2-6 37.

CLARION – 51

Jordan Best 4 0-1 8, KK Girvan 3 2-2 8, Ali Troese 3 1-4 7, Kait Constantino 2 9-13 13, Wendy Beveridge 3 4-8 11, Eva Lerch 0 0-0 0, Ava Cherico 0 4-6 4, Lindsey Kemmer 0 0-0 0, Payton Simko 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 20-34 51.

Three-pointers: Keystone 5 (Lauer 3, Alyssa Dunlap, Hovis). Clarion 1 (Beveridge).


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