NEW BETHLEHEM — Clarion-Limestone and Redbank Valley split a basketball doubleheader as part of a Cancer Awareness benefit Friday night in New Bethlehem.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled away for a 67-22 victory in girls action, while the Lions posted an 83-62 verdict in the boys nightcap.
Redbank Valley (5-11 overall) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter and continued to pull away as the game went on. The Lady Bulldogs led 39-11 at halftime and 55-17 through three quarters.
With the mercy rule running clock for much of the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs closed the game with a 12-5 advantage.
Lexi Holt scored 23 points with six steals and four assists to lead Redbank. Macy King added 12 points with six rebounds while Alyssa Wiant chipped in with 10 points and seven boards.
Paige Aaron scored six points to lead C-L (1-15 overall). Karleigh Aaron added five.
In the boys game, the Lions used a big first and third quarter to help secure their 83-62 victory.
Clarion-Limestone (13-4 overall) raced out to a 27-14 lead after one quarter before holding a 46-30 halftime lead.
A 21-10 third quarter outburst pushed the lead to 67-40 after three quarters before Redbank Valley posted a 22-16 fourth quarter advantage to set the final score.
Dan Callen led the Lions with 23 points while grabbing 10 rebounds and eight steals. Ian Callen and Deion Deas each added 18 points. Sam Leadbetter also reached double figures with 12 points.
Brock Barrett led the Bulldogs with 18 points, 16 coming in the fourth quarter. Keaton Kahle added 17, and Nick Smith posted 12 points on four of the Bulldogs seven 3-pointers.
“I felt we came out pretty strong to set the tone for the game,” said C-L head coach Joe Ferguson. “I was happy we were able to get a lead and get the younger guys quite a bit of playing time tonight.”
Clarion-Limestone jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first which helped the Lions maintain a 13-point lead after one of the Bulldogs played the Lions evenly scoring 14 points each over the final four minutes of the quarter.
Clarion-Limestone opened the second on a 10-0 run and built their lead to as high as 25 points at 42-17 before the Bulldogs closed to within the 16-point halftime deficit with a 13-4 quarter-ending run.
17-3 run to start the third quarter by C-L pushed their lead to 63-33 ending any thoughts of a comeback the Bulldogs might have entertained.
The Bulldogs were able to make the game a little less lopsided with their 22-16 fourth quarter advantage.