BROOKVILLE — Looking for its second straight tournament title at Brookville, the defending Class 1A champion North Clarion She-Wolves squared off Saturday against the hosts.
Last year, North Clarion beat Clearfield for the tournament title. Friday, the She-Wolves won that rematch with a 58-51 win over Clearfield as last year’s MVP Tori Obenrader put together another strong effort with 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots.
In Friday’s second game, the host Lady Raiders routed Clarion-Limestone in a 68-22 affair as 13 of their 14 players found the scoring column.
Earlier Saturday, Clearfield wound up dumping C-L in the consolation game Saturday afternoon, 60-19.
Also for North Clarion against Clearfield, Abby Gatesman scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The She-Wolves led by as many as 16 points at 48-32 in the third quarter after a 12-0 run, but Clearfield got to within five points twice in the fourth quarter before running out of time.
Alayna Ryan and Brooke Cline scored 17 and 16 points respectively for the Lady Bison.
In Brookville’s win over C-L, head coach Mark Powell went to his bench early and often and all 14 players saw the court with all but one scoring. Marcy Schindler and Lauren Hergert each reached double figures with 16 and 11 points respectively.
“We were really pleased with the effort,” Powell said. “The kids, the past three weeks, have worked really hard in practice and played quite honestly, these last few days, the way we practiced. We had good practices all week and played just like that. We couldn’t be happier.”
It was a 25-1 start, 25-3 lead after the first quarter and a 39-15 advantage at halftime that set the obvious tone as the Lady Raiders’ defensive pressure wound up forcing 18 of C-L’s 27 turnovers in the first half.
“It’s going to be a faster paced game where we cause turnovers,” Powell said of his team’s goal. “We were able to do that tonight and we converted off turnovers and that’s something we’ve worked hard on, with finishing.”
Schindler made 8 of 12 shots from the floor with five rebounds. Hergert made all four of her shots from the field.
“I thought we all took good shots and when we do that, they go in,” Powell said. “Marcy had a nice night both shooting the ball and on the glass as did several other kids and I’m very pleased with that.”
Jenna Grant came off the bench and had a team-high eight rebounds. Madison Johnson and Leah Kammerdeiner each scored seven points. Bailey Ganoe grabbed five rebounds.
The Lady Raiders were 30-of-68 from the field while C-L was 6-of-31 from the floor. Monica Heath came off the bench to lead the team with five points. Jess Ball had a team-high six rebounds.
The Lady Raiders put the PIAA’s Mercy Rule running clock into motion (leading by 40 or more in second half) with a 61-19 lead at the 6:33 mark of the fourth quarter.