Keystone Falls Short in D9 2A Semifinals

| February 23, 2019


KANE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Ridgway held off a Keystone comeback attempt to reach its second straight District 9 Class 2A title game with a 42-38 win over the third-seeded Panthers at Kane High School.

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Second-seeded Ridgway (22-3), which led 15-10 at halftime, built the lead to 10 in the third quarter before Keystone (17-7) pushed back in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers got the game within two late in the fourth quarter, but Ridgway was able to get the lead back to seven late in the game before a Troy Johnson three set the final score.

But the Elkers were able to maintain the lead, and only a late shot by Keystone made the final score appear a little closer than it was.

Jake Reynolds and Daunte Allegretto combined for 26 points for Ridgway with Reynolds leading the way with 14 points, including 12 of four 3-pointers. He scored nine of the Elkers 15 first-half points on three long-range shots. Allegretto chipped in with 12 points, including a pair of second-half 3-pointers. The coach’s son had five points in the fourth quarter.

Johnson led Keystone with 10 points with Brooks LaVan scoring nine on three 3-pointers. Andrew Lauer and Luke Hurrelbrink each added eight tallies.

Ridgway will take on Coudersport in the D9 title game for the second straight year. Last season, Coudersport won, 66-46. It will be the second meeting of the year between the team, as the Elkers handed the Falcons their only loss of the season, 57-56, Jan. 4, in Coudersport. A date, time and place for that game will be announced soon.

Keystone’s season isn’t over yet, as District 9 takes three teams to the PIAA Playoffs in Class 2A. The Panthers will play KSAC South rival Karns City in the consolation game at a date, time and place to be announced. The Gremlins and Panthers split a pair of games this season.

BRADFORD 58, ST. MARYS 35

BRADFORD, Pa. – Tyler Gigliotti exploded for 26 points to lead Bradford to a 58-35 win over visiting St. Marys in the District 9 Class 4A semifinals.

Gigliotti was held to just two first-quarter points, as St. Marys took an 8-4 lead after a quarter of play. But he hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the second quarter to help lift the second-seeded Owls (11-12) to a 19-18 halftime lead.

Bradford then outscored the third-seeded Dutch (7-15) 17-9 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Gaven Babcock and Steve Knowlton each added eight points in the victory, while Donny Pattison grabbed 11 rebounds to go with four points and Babcock added seven boards.

Cahill Parrish and Mitchell Reiter each scored 10 points to pace St. Marys.

Bradford will play top-seeded Clearfield in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at DuBois High School.

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ST. MARYS 51, CLEARFIELD 30

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Kyla Johnson scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the middle two quarters, as second-seeded St. Marys overcame a slow start to beat visiting and third-seeded Clearfield, 51-30, in the District 9 Class 4A semifinals.

The Lady Dutch (17-6) trailed 9-8 after the first quarter but behind 10 points from Johnson took a 26-21 halftime lead.

Johnson then scored six more points with Kaylee Muccio adding five in a third quarter that saw St. Marys pull away from the Lady Bison by outscoring the visitors 13-2 in the frame to take a 39-23 lead.

Muccio added 12 points for the Lady Dutch with Lauren Eckert and Samantha Hayes each scoring seven.

Alyna Ryan finished with a team-best 11 points for Clearfield (9-14) with Emma Hipps scoring eight.

St. Marys will take on top-seeded Punxsutawney in the title game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at DuBois High School.

JOHNSONBURG 59, OTTO-ELDRED 39

BRADFORD, Pa. – Cassidy King scored a game-high 20 points to help Johnsonburg reach a District 9 title game for the first time in 40 years with a 59-39 win over Otto-Eldred in the Class 1A semifinals at Bradford High School.

The top-seeded Ramettes (20-5), who hadn’t been to a title game since winning the 1979 Class 1A championship, bolted to an 18-7 lead after one quarter thanks to nine points from King and then extended that lead to 33-15 at halftime with King adding four more points.

Lindsey Kocjancic also had a strong game for Johnsonburg scoring 16 tallies with Rylee Casilio adding 13.

Fifth-seeded Otto-Eldred (15-9), which lost in the semifinals for the second straight year after finishing as D9 runners-up in 2017, got 15 points from Autumn Smith and 11 from Lauren Cousins.

Johnsonburg will take on the winner of the North Clarion/Coudersport semifinal game in the championship game next week. The date for the North Clarion/Coudersport game has yet to be announced let alone a date for the championship contest.

Otto-Eldred, which qualified for the PIAA playoffs with its quarterfinal win, will play the loser of the North Clarion/Coudersport game in the consolation contest also on a date to be determined.

HOLLIDAYSBURG 49, DUBOIS 19

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. – Top-seeded Hollidaysburg outscored fourth-seeded DuBois 35-12 in the second half on its way to a 49-19 win over the visiting Lady Beavers in the District 6-8-9 Class 5A semifinals.

DuBois trailed by just seven, 14-7, at halftime but couldn’t keep pace with the Lady Tigers in the second half.

Hannah Snyder and Allison Hileman led a balanced Hollidaysburg attack with 10 points each. Janessa Goins chipped in nine points and Sierra McClain added eight.

Chelsea DeSalve led DuBois (11-13) with a game-high 15 points.

Hollidaysburg will play Obama Academy in the title game.


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