Fourth-Quarter Spurt Helps Keystone Upset Port Allegany in D9 2A Girls’ Quarterfinals

| February 20, 2019


KANE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Trinity Thompson scored four points during a 6-0 Keystone fourth-quarter run that broke a 25-all tie and helped the sixth-seeded Lady Panthers upset third-seeded Port Allegany, 36-26, in the District 9 Class 2A girls’ quarterfinals at Kane High School.

(Trinity Thompson goes in for a layup during the fourth quarter of Keystone’s win over Port Allegany. Thompson was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game. Photo by Tessa Boschert. Check out more of Boschert’s work here)

“It means a lot,” Thompson, who was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game, said. “We had a lot of injuries this year. And we weren’t sure what would happen coming back from it. But everyone has come back strong, and we are hoping to have a good run.”

Port Allegany (16-7) trailed by 11, 23-12, midway through the third quarter but went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 23 on two free throws by Erin Stauffer 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The teams then traded baskets with Maddie Dunlap scoring to put Keystone (11-11) ahead 25-23 off a pass from Thompson and Cailey Barnett retying the game at 25 with 5:55 to play.

But Thompson scored on a breakaway at the 4:55 mark to start the 6-0 that included two free throws by Maddie Dunlap after she grabbed an offensive rebound and another bucket by Thompson at the 3:25 mark that put Keystone ahead 31-25.

“It felt good (getting things going offensively),” Thompson said. “We got a good move going.”

Keystone started fast gaining a 10-0 lead before Bree Garzel hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 left in the first quarter to finally break the ice for Port Allegany.

“Our motto is defense is our best offense,” Thompson said. “We were just doing the best that we could and hustled as much as we could.”

Watch the entire postgame interview with Thompson.

The Lady Gators then got back within five, 14-9, by the end of the first half before a 9-3 run to start the second half by Keystone put the Lady Panthers ahead by the 11, 23-12. Danae Hurrelbrink scored five points during the spurt including a 3-pointer to start the half.

But following a media timeout with under four minutes left in the third quarter, Port Allegany started its comeback on an old-school 3-point play by Garzel, and baskets by Barnett and Stauffer made it 23-19 with just under two minutes left.

Barnett then got a steal and a basket with one second to play in the quarter cut the Keystone lead to 23-21 heading to the fourth.

Maddie Dunlap led Keystone with 10 points with Hurrelbrink scoring seven and Thompson and Alyssa Dunlap six each.

Barnett paced Port Allegany with nine points with Garzel scoring seven and Stauffer six.

Keystone will now take on second-seeded A-C Valley in the semifinals at a date, time and location to be announced. With the win the Lady Panthers guaranteed themselves two more games, as even a loss to the Lady Falcons would mean Keystone would play in the District 9 consolation game with a chance to snag one of the third PIAA playoff berth awarded to District 9.

“I think it is going to be a tough game, but I am ready for it,” Thompson said of the Lady Panthers third meeting with A-C Valley this season.

KEYSTONE 36, PORT ALLEGANY 26

Score by Quarters

Keystone 10 4 9 13 – 36
Port Allegany 3 6 12 5 – 26

KEYSTONE – 36

Jozee Weaver 0 0-0 0, Emily Lauer 1 2-3 4, Maddie Dunlap 4 2-2 10, Alyssa Dunlap 3 0-0 6, McKenzie Hovis 1 1-5 3, Danae Hurrelbrink 3 0-0 7, Ceayra Altman 0 0-0 0, Trinity Thompson 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 5-10 36.

PORT ALLEGANY – 26

Jenna Sprankle 1 1-2 3, Erin Stauffer 1 4-6 6, Bree Garzell 2 2-5 7, Maleah Daniels 0 0-0 0, Cailey Barnett 4 1-2 9, Jade Evens 0 0-0 0, Cierra Lannager 0 1-2 1. Totals 8 9-17 26.

Three-pointers: Keystone 1 (Hurrelbrink). Port Allegany 1 (Garzell)


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