NEW BETHLEHEM — Running into a strong A-C Valley squad, the Redbank Valley Lady Bulldogs basketball team was dealt a 68-41 loss in last Thursday’s Redbank Valley Christmas Tournament Championship game.

The Lady Bulldogs, who beat Forest Area 45-26 in last Wednesday’s first-round matchup to reach the final, dropped to 2-7 going into Wednesday’s game at Moniteau. Friday, they visit Clarion-Limestone before hosting Brookville Monday in a non-league game.

Lady Bulldogs sophomore Tara Hinderliter scored 20 points, her fifth 20-point game of the year, to lead the way for the hosts, but she was the lone player in double figures. Maddy Marshall and Lauren Smith each had six points.

Hinderliter is averaging 18 points per game.

A-C Valley had three players reach double-figure scoring with tournament MVP Ellie Thompson finishing with 18 points. Olivia Boocks and Kylee Eaton scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

In the consolation game, Forest Area beat Clarion-Limestone in overtime, 39-38. Jasmine Ginnery’s free throw with 1.7 seconds left in overtime was the game-winning point. She finished with 17 points while C-L’s Maddy Craig scored 15.

In other games last Thursday:

BOYS

Kane 61,

Union 42

At the Sheffield Tournament, the Knights fell to the Wolves in the championship game.

Kane outscored the Knights, 27-11, in the second quarter to take a 13-point lead at halftime and stretched it out from there as Chad Greville scored 26 points. Al Rezelle finished with 14 points.

For the Knights, Lucas Bowser scored 13 points and Hunter Johnston added eight points. Reice Saylor had six points on two 3-pointers.

In the consolation game, Sheffield beat Youngsville 58-45.

The Knights took a 4-4 record into Wednesday’s KSAC-South game at home against Keystone. It starts a stretch where they play six of seven games at home. Friday, they host North Clarion before next Monday’s non-league game at home against West Shamokin.

Redbank Valley 57,

Forest Area 37

In the second round of the North Clarion Holiday Classic, the Bulldogs got their first win of the season in a 20-point victory over the Fires.

The Bulldogs took a 1-7 record into Wednesday’s game at home against Moniteau. Friday, they host Redbank Valley before visiting Forest Area next Wednesday.

Redbank Valley put up 34 points in the first half, building a 34-17 lead. Three players reached double figures with Keaton Kahle, Nick Smith and Logan Wadding scoring 16, 15 and 14 points respectively.

The loss ended an 11-game losing streak overall for the Bulldogs dating back to their last win last year on Feb. 3 in a 63-42 win over A-C Valley.

The Classic didn’t have a champion, just two days of games. Host North Clarion wound up 2-0, capping its second day with a 69-29 rout of A-C Valley.

GIRLS

Union girls split at

Mercer Tourney

The Damsels opened with a 62-19 loss to Grove City in Thursday’s first-round game, but rebounded with a 52-44 win over Mercer Friday to finish with a split decision.

Union took a 3-5 record into Wednesday’s KSAC-South game at Keystone. Friday, it travels to North Clarion before next Wednesday’s home game against Clarion-Limestone.

Against Mercer, Frankee Remmick led the Damsels with 14 points as they claimed the third-place game. Two others reached double figures with Hannah Atzeni and Bryn Davis scoring 14 and 12 points respectively.

In the loss to Grove City, Remmick and Atzeni each scored eight points.

In other games:

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27

BOYS

North Clarion 66,

Redbank Valley 41

In the first day of the North Clarion Classic, the Bulldogs dropped a 25-point decision to the host Wolves.

The Wolves led 29-23 at halftime before stretching their lead in the second half with a 37-18 advantage. Nathan Banner finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Korey Mills added 11 points.

For the Bulldogs, Brock Barrett finished with 14 points with Logan Wadding and Keaton Kahle scoring nine and seven points respectively

Union 65,

Sheffield 57, OT

In the first round of the Sheffield Tournament, it was Lucas Bowser’s big shot on a long 3-pointer with around 20 seconds to play in regulation that forced overtime. There, the Knights outscored the hosts 16-8 to get the win.

Bowser scored 10 of his team-high 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Knights rallied from a seven-point deficit over the final eight minutes. He also added 13 rebounds and scored six points in OT.

Nolan Cumberland came up big in OT, scoring eight of his 14 points to go along with nine rebounds while Reice Saylor added six points and hauled down 11 rebounds.

Cale Albaugh scored 19 points to lead the Wolverines.

GIRLS

RBV 45, Forest Area 26

A-C Valley 62, C-L 21

In the first round last Wednesday, A-C Valley and Redbank Valley took different routes, but both advanced to the Redbank Valley Christmas Tournament final with wins.

In the opening contest, A-C Valley raced out to a 19-4 lead after one quarter. A 21-6 advantage in the second quarter expanded the lead to 40-10 at halftime.

The Lady Falcons pushed their lead to 40 by the end of the third quarter at 58-17, putting the Mercy Rule into effect for the entire fourth quarter.

Ellie Thompson led A-C Valley with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds while Olivia Boocks added 16 points. Cami McNanny chipped in with six points.

Ashley Daugherty and Madi Craig each notched seven points to lead the Lady Lions. Anna Burns pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Craig added five boards.

In the nightcap, both teams struggled mightily from the floor in the opening quarter as the Lady Bulldogs led 7-2 after one quarter with the Lady Fires lone two points coming on a Glory Wagner short jumper at the buzzer. The first points of the contest didn’t come until the 4:42 mark of the frame on a 3-pointer by Lauren Smith.

Redbank Valley shot just 15 percent from the floor in the opening half, but it started to pull away by beginning the third quarter on a 9-0 run to expand the lead to 27-10. After a pair of free throws at the 3:24 mark by Makya Bellotti stopped the Forest drought putting the score 27-12, Redbank Valley closed the quarter with a 7-6 scoring edge to take a 34-18 lead after three.

The Lady Bulldogs set the final with an 11-8 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

Tara Hinderliter led Redbank with 14 points while pulling down six rebounds. Adriana Shilling added nine points with six boards, Lauren Smith also added nine points while knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, and Kelsie Elmer chipped in with eight points. Maddy Marshall pulled down 10 rebounds.

Jasmine Ginnery led the Lady Fires with nine points and 10 rebounds.

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