CURWENSVILLE – The annual Clearfield-Curwensville girls basketball game, dubbed “The Holiday Classic” by Lady Bison coach Joey Castagnolo, was played Thursday night at Patton Hall in Curwensville.
With the outside temperature hanging in the low teens, the game could have been easily called “The Frozen Classic”, as many fans from both high schools made their way to Curwensville to watch an always spirited battle between the two squads.
Although the game was spirited in play, the score wasn’t close as the Lady Bison dominated the Lady Tide, 45-15.
And for coach Castagnolo it was win number 200 in his 18th year at the helm of the Clearfield girls program.
A pleased and happy Castagno said afterwards, “It feels great to get win number 200, and it is all due to the foundation here and most importantly all the girls over the years.”
Clearfield started on an 11-0 run to open the game before Lady Tide sophomore Hannah Condon hit a basket with 2:30 left in the first eight minutes of action.
Unfortuanetly for Curwensville it would be the last points it would score until the 7:10 mark of the third quarter on a basket by anther sophomore, Tarah Jacobson.
Senior Brooke Cline of the Lady Bison scored nine first quarter points and 11 total in the first 16 minutes. Alayna Ryan, Clearfield’s junior point guard, scored nine in the first half as the Lady Bison took a 21-2 lead into the break.
In the third quarter Curwensville showed a little better effort on offense, scoring eight points to the 12 put up by Clearfield.
However, Clearfield outscored the Lady Tide in the second half to win by the 30 point margin.
The Lady Bison had three girls in double figures with Ryan leading the way with 18 points, followed by Cline with 14 and Nikki Brossard putting up 10.
Ryan has now scored in double figures for Clearfield in all eight games this season.
An active and hounding Lady Bison defense held the Lady Tide’s leading scorer, Madison Weber, to seven points, half of her team leading average of 14 points per game.
Castagnolo then spoke about the defensive effort from his team, saying, “I was really proud of our defensive effort tonight. That was a great team effort out there. We ran the floor well and the girls did all the little things that help with getting a win.”
Lady Tide first year head coach Bob Desmett commented after the game, “We just can’t seem to get started the last few games. We come out flat for whatever reason and we can’t continue doing that. Tonight the shots just didn’t fall, and we had some good shots.”
Desmett then said, “We start the new year with four games in seven days; so the girls need to step up. I am sure they will continue to work hard and hopefully good things will happen.”
Clearfield won the shortened junior varsity game by a score of 11-8 over the Lady Tide. The game was played with four minute quarters instead of the usual seven due to the Curwensville team being hit recently by the flu bug.
The Lady Bison (3-5) will be at home on Wednesday night against the Lady Chuck of Punxsutawney with junior varsity action starting at 6 pm and the varsity to immediately follow.
Curwensville, now 1-4, also returns to the hardwood on Wednesday evening with a contest against Ridgway. The junior varsity game will start at 6 pm and the varsity will immediately follow.
CLEARFIELD – 45
Megan Durandetta 0 1-2 1, Nikki Brossard 5 0-4 10, Brooke Cline 6 1-2 14, Alayna Ryan 8 1-1 18, Tesa Miller 1 0-0 2, Karlie Gisewhite 0 0-0 0, Paige Rhine 0 0-0 0, Kylie Van Tassel 0 0-0 0, McLain
Alt 0 0-0 0
TOTALS – 20 3-9 45
CURWENSVILLE – 15
Sabrina Spencer 2 0-0 4, Madison Olson 0 0-0 0, Mikayla Warren 0 0-0 0, Madison Weber 3 1-5 7, Tarah Jacobson 1 0-0 2, Keisha Maines 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn McCracken 0 0-0 0, Brittney Wagner 0 0-0 0, Morgan Warrick 0 0-2 0, Hannah Condon 1 0-0 2, Jordan Witherite 0 0-0 0, Emma Rebar 0 0-0 0
TOTALS -7 1-7 15
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
CLEARFIELD 14 7 12 12 45
CURWENSVILLE 2 0 8 5 15
THREE-POINTERS: CLEARFIELD – 2 Cline, Ryan CURWENSVILLE – None
OFFICIALS: Marvin Martell, Lee Martell