Obenrader, Gannon Squeak Past Clarion

| February 28, 2019


CLARION, Pa. – The Gannon women’s basketball team rallied past Clarion for a 50-48 win Wednesday night at the Student Rec Center at Clarion.

(Photo of Tori Obernader of Gannon. Photo courtesy of Gannon Athletics)

The Lady Knights outscored the Golden Eagles 28-19 in the second half including 13-6 in the fourth quarter. Gannon took the lead with 1:48 to play on a slick layup from Nicole LaCava, and foul shots from Chelsea Rourke combined with a tenacious defensive effort in the waning moments was just enough for Gannon to escape Clarion with a crucial road victory.

Rourke and Nicole LeCava both scored 15 points to lead Gannon with North Clarion grad Tori Obernrader adding nine points and eight rebounds.

Kadijah Dickson had a game-high 21 points for Clarion. Yasmin Lewis had 12 points and eight rebounds.

CLARION MEN NO MATCH FOR GANNON

CLARION, Pa. – With just one game remaining in the season, the Clarion men’s basketball team faced off against PSAC West opponent the Golden Knights of Gannon Wednesday night, falling by a final score of 64-36. The Golden Eagles will end their season Saturday, against PSAC foe Cal U. Saturday will also serve as senior day for the two lone Golden Eagle seniors. Tip-off is set for 3 pm in the Student Rec Center.

The Golden Knights gained an early lead, scoring four points in the first 30 seconds of the ballgame, but Clarion tied it at 10 with a good three-pointer from junior Elijah Cottrill just under 15 minutes in the first half. Unfortunately, that is as close as the ball game would get, with Gannon building the lead to as big as 24 points in the first half. The Golden Knights would take a 37-18 lead into the half on the backs of 11 first-half points from Kofi Mills and Daryl Porter.

Khari Williams paced the Golden Eagles offense in the first half scoring nine of his team-high 11 points throughout the first period of play. Williams would finish the match with 11 total points and two boards in 35 minutes of action. Lawrence Lemon added 10 points and three rebounds while grabbing one steal. Redshirt-Freshman Kass Taylor picked up quality minutes off of the bench for the Golden Eagles, grabbing two rebounds in 10 minutes of action.

To start the second half Mills tipped in a missed layup from Porter stretching the lead to 21 points and the lead would continue to grow from there. The Golden Eagles shot 28% on the day compared to Gannon’s 45%, while shooting 39% from beyond the arc.

For Gannon Mills scored a game-high 19 points, while Victor Olawoye and Matt Johnson each added 12. Porter grabbed a game-high seven boards and added 11 points for the Golden Knights.

The loss moves the Blue and Gold to 5-20 on the year, 3-17 in PSAC play, while Gannon improves to 10-17, 8-12 in PSAC play. With the win against Clarion tonight the Golden Knights clinch a PSAC Tournament First Round spot.

Clarion will end their 2018-19 season on Saturday, March 2, when they host the Cal U Vulcans. Tip-off is set for 3 pm with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to the start of the ball game.


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