By Chris Rossetti
Another great Friday night in District 9 with the top team in the Laurel Eye Clinic boys’ overall rankings, Johnsonburg, dropping its third game of the season, this time to Elk County Catholic, which showed that the Class A race is going to be a wide open one this season.
Here are the Friday night highlights.
- Cory Huff scored 21 points, Mitchell Struble had 17 and Brandon Schlimm 13 to lift second-ranked Elk County Catholic to the 67-66 win over top-ranked Johnsonburg in the team’s third meeting of the season (Jburg won the first two by scores of 63-58 and 64-43). Cole Peterson had a career-high 33 points, the first 30-point game of his career, for Johnsonburg with Cameron Grumley adding 17. It was the ninth straight win for the Crusaders, who broke an incredible (by their standards) 11-game losing streak to Johnsonburg.
- Leading by one late, DuBois Central Catholic’s Ryan Anderson came away with a steal and a game-sealing layup to lift the Cardinals to a 46-43 win over Ridgway, a team that beat DCC by eight 10 days ago. The Cardinals outscored Ridgway 13-4 in the fourth quarter.
- Becca Lathrop became the first Port Allegany girls’ basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark in 12 years when she netted 23 in the Lady Gators 71-29 win over Galeton giving her 1,003 in her career. She is the first Port girls’ player to reach 1,000 career points since Erica Lapp did so in 2002.
- Lathrop was one of two District 9 players to reach 1,000 points Friday night, as Karns City Tyler Kepple became the first Gremlin boys’ basketball player since December of 2004 to hit the mark when he netted 24 in 64-27 win over A-C Valley. And in the cool – or maybe freaky – department, Kepple’s older sister, Allyson, also scored her 1,000th career points against A-C Valley (in 2008) when she scored – you guessed it – 24 points. Tyler finished the night with 1,013 points (Allyson finished her night with 1,001 in case you were wondering) and is the first Gremlin to reach 1,000 points since all-time leading scorer Tyler Callihan did so early in the 2004-2005 season.
- Sydney Dyne’s second basket of the game with about three seconds left gave Kane a 50-48 win over Sheffield in girls’ action. Camryn Cummings led the Lady Wolves with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
- In another near-buzzer beater, Keystone’s McKenna Schick got a rebound and a basket with six seconds left to lift Keystone to a 35-34 win over Moniteau. Amber Hess had a career-high 19 points off the bench to lead the Lady Panthers.
- St. Marys outscored Brookville 23-12 in the second half to pull out a 41-40 win over the visiting Lady Raiders. Kiana Hoohuli scored a team-high 13 points for the Lady Dutch.
- North Clarion’s Evan Cyphert netted a career-high 17 points, just the third time the senior has scored in double figures in his career, including scoring the Wolves first 12 points of the fourth quarter in a 69-31 win at Clarion.
- Jake Dougherty of Redbank Valley scored a career-high 34 points, his third career 30-point contest, in a 78-38 win over East Forest. Dougherty completed a double-double with 11 rebounds while helping Redbank Valley to its ninth win, the most for the Bulldogs since they won 15 in 2007.
- Thanks to 16 points from Kolton Stiglitz and 15 points each from RJ Laugand and Josh Kahle, Clarion-Limestone became the first District 9 team this year to crack 90 points in a game in a 90-43 win over Venango Catholic
- Karns City’s girls became the first District 9 girls’ team to reach 80 points in a game in two years when it beat A-C Valley 80-31 behind 16 points from Emily LoPresti and 15 from LeeAnn Gibson