STRATTANVILLE — Using pressure defense at the end of the second quarter and start of the third to turn a six-point lead into a 20-point lead with three minutes left in the third, the Redbank Valley Lady Bulldogs raced to a 63-44 victory at Clarion-Limestone Monday night.

C-L had pulled to within six points at 26-20 with 1:38 to play in the first half before a quick 8-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs closed the half giving Redbank Valley a 34-20 lead at the break.

A 10-2 run starting the third ballooned the lead to 20 at 44-22 with just over three minutes left in the quarter. C-L would then use an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 11 before a Maddie Marshall putback gave the Lady Bulldogs a 46-33 lead after three.

Redbank would bump the lead to 18 at 51-33 early in the fourth and the Lady Lions got closer than 14 at 55-41.

“The 8-0 run before halftime was huge for us,” said Redbank Valley head coach Chris Edmonds. “We were then able to carry that over into the third quarter.”

Tara Hinderliter led Redbank Valley with 22 points. Lexi Holt added 19, and Maddy Marshall added eight as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-11 going into Wednesday’s varsity doubleheader with Union.

Friday, the Lady Bulldogs travel to A-C Valley before a three-game week starting next Monday with a non-league home game with Brookville

Maddy Craig paced the Lady Lions with 15 points while Jess Ball added 11 points and seven rebounds and Anna Kennemuth chipped in with eight. Anna Burns pulled down nine rebounds while Morgan Clark pulled down seven boards.

C-L led 5-2 early on before Redbank closed the quarter on a 15-5 run for a 17-10 lead after one quarter.

The Lady Lions would cut the lead to three early in the second on 17-14 on a Jess Ball and Ashley Daugherty basket. Redbank responded with a 6-0 run for a 23-14 lead. A 6-3 run by the Lady Lions put the score 26-20 before the quarter closing 8-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs.

A pair of threes from Hinderliter and Holt opened the second half for Redbank pushing the lead to 40-20. After a Clark inside basket for C-L, Kelsie Elmer and Hinderliter scored for the 44-22 lead. Kennemuth started the Lady Lions’ 11-0 run with four consecutive free throws and a short jumper. Jess Ball added a 3-pointer and Craig made another short jumper which cut the lead to 44-33 with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. Marshall scored to stop the C-L run and close the quarter.

C-L claimed a 34-26 victory in the junior varsity contest as Emma Smith scored 10 points while Kennemuth added seven and Janelle Pezzuti six.

Karlee Shoemaker, Makenna Bish, and Gabby Dinger each scored six to lead Redbank.

In Monday’s other game:

Union 50, F

Forest Area 40

At Tionesta, the visiting Damsels notched a road win on the strength of 26 points from Frankee Remmick, her ninth 20-point game of the season. She hiked her team-leading scoring average to 16.2 points per game.

Hannah Atzeni and Bryn Davis scored nine and eight points respectively as the Damsels improved to 7-10 going into Wednesday’s varsity doubleheader at Redbank Valley.

All but one of the team’s remaining five games are on the road. The Damsels vs. Karns City Friday before three games to wrap up the regular-season schedule next week, starting Monday at Clarion.

In last week’s games:

FRIDAY, Jan. 26

Karns City 55,

Redbank Valley 42

At Karns City, the Lady Bulldogs dropped a KSAC-South game on the road as they ran into the duo of Emily Hegedus and Livia Andreassi, who combined for 40 points.

Hegedus finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Andreassi added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Lexi Holt led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points and Tara Hinderliter finished with 14 points to take care of most of the scoring load.

Moniteau 59, Union 25

At West Sunbury, the visiting Damsels also dropped a KSAC-South game on the road against Moniteau.

Emma and Izzy Bair led the way for the Lady Warriors. Emma had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort while Izzy finished with 11 points.

The Damsels didn’t have a player reach double figures in scoring. Bryn Davis and Frankee Remmick scored nine and eight points respectively.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24

North Clarion 58,

Redbank Valley 52

At New Bethlehem, the Lady Bulldogs pushed unbeaten North Clarion into the second half before falling short.

Redbank Valley led 15-10 after the first quarter and 24-22 at halftime, but the visiting She-Wolves grabbed a 38-34 advantage by the end of the third quarter and stretched their lead to eight by the final horn.

Lexi Holt scored a game-high 24 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who had three players foul out after 26 fouls. Hold drilled six 3-pointers while Tara Hinderliter turned in 13 points.

Tori Obenrader scored 23 points and collected 14 rebounds to lead North Clarion and Abby Gatesman finished with 19 points.

Cranberry 55,

Union 42

Frankee Remmick poured in 22 points for the Damsels, but it wasn’t enough to deal with Cranberry and its standout Malliah Schreck, who scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Erin Merryman added 15 points for the Berries while Hannah Atzeni added seven points for Union.

Sports Correspondent Steve Smail contributed to this story.

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