STRATTANVILLE — Rallying from deficits of 17-5 after the first quarter and 25-16 at halftime, the Union Damsels basketball team battled back to beat winless Clarion-Limestone, 44-38, Monday night.

Their third win in four games improved the Damsels’ record to 6-8 going into Wednesday’s game at home against Cranberry.

Wednesday’s game is the team’s last game at home until the regular-season finale on Feb. 9 against Keystone. In between are six straight road games, starting with Friday’s trip to Monday. Next Monday and Wednesday, the Damsels travel to Forest and Redbank Valley.

Against C-L, a team they beat at home 46-44 on Jan. 10, the Damsels started the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 26-25 lead. A pair of free throws by Jess Ball put C-L ahead 27-26 with 2:42 to play in the quarter. However, that would be the only points C-L would score in the frame and Union finished with the final four points of the quarter to take a 29-27 lead after three.

“When they weren’t making shots in that third quarter it helped us to run the floor a bit more and not allow them to set up in their defense which gave us some trouble in the first half,” said Damsels head coach Alyson Kepple. “It’s important as a team when you are able to come back and to have the girls show that they have that ability. That is a big boost to our team.”

Union began the fourth on a 5-0 run before a Madi Craig bucket cut the lead to 34-29 with 3:59 left. C-L would cut the lead to four at 37-33 on a Morgan Clark putback with 2:40 remaining. Union made 7-of-10 free throws the rest of the way while the Lady Lions could get no closer than four the last time coming at 39-35 on an Anna Kennemuth basket.

“Free throws are so important,” said Kepple. “I’ve seen so many close games that are won or lost because of whether you make or don’t make free throws. We work so hard on our foul shooting and it paid off tonight.”

Frankee Remmick led Union with 22 points while Hannah Atzeni added 11 points. Morgan Clark led C-L with 20 points and 13 points while Kennemuth added seven and Madi Craig added six.

“We had opportunities in the second half if we get a few breaks or get a few shots to fall,” said C-L head coach Gus Simpson. “Union did a nice job on Morgan and pretty much taking her out of the equation in the second half.”

C-L led 17-5 after one quarter. Union cut the lead to five at 19-14 following a three-pointer from Remmick with 4:13 to play in the half. C-L would then close the half on a 6-2 run in taking the 25-16 halftime lead.

Clark scored 14 of her total in the first half for the Lady Lions.

In other games:

FRIDAY, Jan. 19

Cranberry 69,

Redbank Valley 46

At Seneca, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Cranberry as Berries standout Malliah Schreck poured in 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with five assists for the 23-point win.

Lexi Holt and Tara Hinderliter each scored 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Kelsie Elmer also reached double figures with 11 points.

The loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 4-9 going into Wednesday’s game at home against unbeaten North Clarion. Friday, the Lady Bulldogs visit Karns City in a KSAC-South game before hosting C-L next Monday.

They’re back home again next Wednesday against Union.

Clarion 68, Union 38

At Rimersburg, the Damsels were routed by visiting Clarion.

Bryn Davis was the lone player in double-figure scoring for Union with 10 points. Hannah Atzeni and Frankee Remmick scored nine and eight points respectively.

Kait Constantino led Clarion with 21 points and nine assists. Wendy Beveridge added 13 points and Ali Troese had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17

Redbank Valley 57,

Clarion 40

At Clarion, Lexi Holt turned in a season-high 25 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 17-point win over the hosts.

Tara Hinderliter and Kelsie Elmer each scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs while Wendy Beveridge and Kait Constantino scored 18 and 16 points respectively.

Holt scored 18 of her points in the first half, including 12 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs led 39-19 at the half.

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