Clearfield Wins Lady Bison Blast-Off Tourney Title

HYDE — For the first time in the seven-year history of the Lady Bison Basketball Blast-Off Tournament, Clearfield reigns as champion.

Coach Joey Castagnolo had plenty of other reasons to be happy after the Lady Bisons defeated Hanover 63-52 Saturday in the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium, including the fact the 2-0 start for his eighth season is a first.

With the seniors leading the way, Clearfield turned in a solid overall performance highlighted by a 20-for-23 effort at the foul line and a 36-16 advantage in rebounds.

Center Elizabeth Sopic was the coaches\’ choice for the Most Valuable Player Award after scoring 12 points and pulling down 17 rebounds on the heels of a 10-point, nine-rebound effort against Bald Eagle Area Friday night even though she got into early foul trouble.

Playmaker Nikki Collins handled the Hanover pressure defense and also led the Lady Bisons with 17 points, including a three-pointer and eight consecutive free throws. Shooting guard Brooke Jordan had 12 points and Juliana Howell came off the bench to chip in with 11. Jordan, who hit a pair of three-pointers, and junior Alanna Luzier were named to the all-tourney team.

\”It\’s so nice to finally win one,\” Castagnolo said several minutes after the championship trophy presentation. \”Hanover wouldn\’t go away. They\’re so well coached.

\”We just played really well. I\’m so happy the way we ran the floor. Everybody helped each other out.\”

Castagnolo lauded his team for its shot selections and foul shooting, noting \”I haven\’t been happy with our foul shooting until tonight.\”

Free throws decided the title game as the teams matched field goals, 19, and three-pointers, five. The Lady Nighthawks just didn\’t get to the charity stripe enough, for they canned nine of 10 foul shots.

The see-saw first quarter ended 13-13 when Jordan swished two free throws and a field goal to erase Hanover\’s biggest lead. Sopic then began to dominated inside and triggered a 9-3 run in the first five minutes of the second period with three field goals from short range and two foul shots.

After the Lady Bisons went in front 25-18 when Jordan nailed a three, Howell raced down floor on fast breaks for three rapid-fire field goals, one a three-pointer, that ballooned the spread to 32-21. Chelsea Kehr, who had a game-high 22 points, sliced four points off the Lady Nighthawks\’ deficit in the final minute of the half.

With 6-0 senior Kathryn Rapp back home for SAT testing, the Lady Nighthawks were already at a disadvantage under the boards when 5-10 Jamie Fry picked up her fourth personal foul with 3:51 left in the third quarter after hitting four points to make it a 35-29 contest. Clearfield took command after that, expanding its lead to 47-33 going to the final period on five points by Jordan, a trey by Luzier and four points by Howell.

Collins kept the Lady Bisons comfortably ahead during the next four minutes with a trey, a conventional three-point play and four foul shots, and the Lady Nighthawks never got closer than nine points, 59-50 with 1:31 remaining.

Kehr and teammate Jenna Kincaid joined Jordan, Luzier and DuBois Central Catholic\’s Rachel Coggins on the all-tourney team.

Coggins, a 6-0 pivot player who was the top pointmaker for the tourney with 34, scored 21 points as the Lady Cardinals opened a 20-11 lead in the first quarter, matched Bald Eagle Area point-for-point in a fast-paced second period and went on to a 64-57 win in the consolation game. DuBois Central Catholic also got 16 points from Marissa Ferraraccio and 15 from Andrea Moyer. Danielle Reese led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, while Kylie Masters and Brittany Doran added 10 apiece.

In the junior varsity prelim, Clearfield defeated DuBois Central 34-27 to balance its record at 1-1. Jayme Ryan led the Lady Bisons with 10 points. Meagan Thomas topped the Lady Cardinals with 10.

HANOVER — 52
Arentz 3 0-0 9, Kincaid 2 2-2 7, Beans 1 2-2 4, Fry 2 2-2 6, Kehr 9 3-4 22, Day 1 0-0 2, Sunday 1 0-0 2, Cookerly 0 0-0 0, Frederick 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 9-10 52.

CLEARFIELD — 63
Collins 4 8-8 17, Jordan 3 4-4 12, E. Sopic 4 4-4 12, A. Janocko 2 2-2 6, M. Janocko 0 1-2 1, Luzier 1 0-0 3, Howell 5 0-0 11, Peters 0 1-3 1, Ryan 0 0-0 0, M. Sopic 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Byerly 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 20-23 63.

Score by Quarters:
Hanover 13 12 8 19 — 52
Clearfield 13 19 15 16 — 63

Three-Point Field Goals — Hanover 5 (Arentz 3, Kincaid 1, Kehr 1). Clearfield 5 (Collins 1, Jordan 2, Howell 1, Luzier 1).

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DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC — 64
Coggins 7 7-9 21, Ferraraccio 6 2-2 16, Pernesky 1 0-2 2, Moyer 6 3-3 15, Yebernetsky 2 3-4 8, Braun 0 0-0 0, Goldbach 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Boyce 0 2-2 2. Totals: 22 17-22 64.

BALD EAGLE AREA — 57
Weaver 4 1-2 9, Kristofik 3 2-2 8, D. Reese 6 1-2 13, Masters 3 4-6 10, W. Giedroc 1 1-2 3, Mann 0 1-2 1, Doran 3 4-4 10, Hoover 0 3-4 3, Simpson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 17-24 57.

Three-Point Field Goals — DuBois Central Catholic 3 (Ferraraccio 2, Yebernetsky 1).

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