BROOKVILLE — Running into a buzz-saw in Division II Gannon University recruit Tori Obenrader, the Brookville Lady Raiders basketball team fell short in Saturday night’s Brookville Tip-Off Tournament Championship game.
Obenrader poured in 33 points and collected 23 rebounds in a mammoth performance as North Clarion won its second straight tournament title with a 63-48 win
Obenrader, naturally, claimed her second straight tournament MVP honor as she culminated the season-opening weekend with 58 points and 51 rebounds. Of her 33 points, 20 came in the second half as North Clarion pulled away after trailing the Lady Raiders 15-14 after the first quarter.
The Lady Raiders, who routed C-L 68-22 in the tournament opener Friday, forced 23 North Clarion turnovers but weren’t able to cash in on what turned out to be a plus-10 advantage in the giveaway department.
“I thought we had opportunities all night,” Brookville head coach Mark Powell said. “We turned them over, but couldn’t get the ball to go in and that was the difference in the game and the imbalance in the number of free throws — 34-11 —that doesn’t help you either.”
Obenrader and fellow left-hander Abby Gatesman were the She-Wolves’ all-tournament picks. Gatesman scored 15 points and had 10 rebound for her own double-double. She and Obenrader combined for 13 of North Clarion’s 15 points in the second quarter when the She-Wolves limited Brookville to just four points and took a 29-19 advantage into the locker room.
Marcy Schindler and Morgan Johnson scored 18 and 10 points respectively for the Lady Raiders, who put both of their sophomores on the all-tournament team. Schindler, who had a team-high seven rebounds, scored eight points in the first quarter and added eight more in the fourth quarter.
Lauren Hergert scored six points and picked up four rebounds off the bench. Madison Johnson added five points and five rebounds.
North Clarion stretched its lead to as many as 13 points at 34-21 in the third quarter before the Lady Raiders got it back to within six at 36-30 after a Morgan Johnson steal and layup at the 2:21 mark. But North Clarion hiked its lead back to 42-31 by the end of the quarter and the closest the Lady Raiders could get the rest of the way was nine points.
North Clarion outrebounded Brookville, 42-30, and didn’t fully take advantage of its free throw edge, converting on just 16 of 34 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Raiders are off until Friday’s District 9 League opener at Elk County Catholic.
“Overall, are we happy with the weekend? We are,” Powell said. “We’re never happy with losing, but we have a better sense of where we are and I think we’re in a good place. I liked the effort, the team atmosphere and we’re really excited about getting into league play with Elk County Catholic. We said in the locker room that we’re pretty much forgetting about this one. We’ll learn from it, but we’re ready to move on.”
“We’re still young even though we got a lot of experience last year. It was a little bigger stage this time and it’ll help us down the road.”
In Saturday afternoon’s consolation game, Clearfield routed Clarion-Limestone, 60-19. Alayna Ryan, Nicollette Brossard and Brooke Cline scored 15, 12 and 10 points respectively. Ryan and Cline were named to the all-tournament team.