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Zagar leads Venango Catholic boys past North Clarion

FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Behind 26 points from Devin Zagar, Venango Catholic broke its District 9 Class A playoff jinx with a 73-68 win at North Clarion Wednesday night in the opening round.

The Vikings (12-11) used a 16-11 third-quarter advantage to break a 31-all halftime tie. The teams then combined to score 52 fourth-quarter points with each squad netting 26 points.

Venango Catholic, which was 0-4 in District 9 playoff action since joining D9 in 2005, started fast grabbing a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to seven points from Zagar and five from Scott Toy and Brady Kingston.

North Clarion (14-9) fought back in the second quarter outscoring the Vikings 21-11 behind six points from Christian Cyphert, who finished with a team-high 20.

But Zagar dominated the third quarter with eight points helping Venango take the lead.

Scott Toy added 16 points, Brandy Kingston 12 and Jonah Jones 10 for the Vikings.

Zayn Hargenrader added 15 for North Clarion, which also got 12 from Joel Cyphert.

Venango Catholic will take on top-seeded Elk County Catholic in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Brookville High School. It will be the second time the teams have met in the District 9 playoffs with ECC getting a 73-44 win over VC in 2009.

NOTES – Venango Catholic lost both regular-season games to North Clarion … The Vikings also lost to the Wolves in the 2011 District 9 quarterfinals when, as the top seed, Venango Catholic was upset 72-70 by North Clarion.

VENANGO CATHOLIC 73, NORTH CLARION 68

Score by Quarters

Venango 20 11 16 26 – 73

N. Clarion 10 21 11 26 – 68

Venango Catholic – 73

Scott Toy 6 4-7 16, Devin Zagar 12 2-6 26, Jacob Hale 3 2-2 10, Jonah Jones 2 3-7 7, Brady Kingston 2 8-11 12, Luke Plumer 1 0-0 2, Eric Hidinger 0 0-0 0, Nathan Dudzic 0 0-1 0. Totals 26 19-34 73.

North Clarion – 68

Christian Cyphert 5 5-8 20, Joel Cyphert 3 5-7 12, Evan Cypher 2 3-4 8, Jess Siegel 2 0-0 4, Ryan Bauer 3 2-3 9, Jake Wolbert 0 0-0 0, Zayn Hargenrader 6 2-2 15, Dylan Nick 0 0-0 0, Tommy Tarr 0 0-0 0, Kyle Gadley 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 18-24 68.

Three-pointers – Venango Catholic 2 (Hale 2). North Clarion 6 (C. Cyphert 2, J. Cyphert, E. Cyphert, Bauer, Hargenrader).

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