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Keystone rallies late stuns Venango Catholic in girls’ Class A semifinals

SENECA, Pa. – Seventh-seeded Keystone rallied from a 11-point deficit with 2:23 left in regulation to stun second-seeded Venango Catholic 51-50 in overtime in the District 9 Class A girls’ basketball semifinal game at Cranberry High School Wednesday night.

The Lady Vikings led 41-30 before Keystone’s Madison Johnson took over.

Johnson scored 10 of the her team’s final 13 points in regulation, as the Lady Panthers came all the way back to force overtime with the game tied at 43.

Keystone then was able to overcome the fact Johnson fouled out midway through overtime to get the victory.

Mallory Reed’s two free throws with 47 seconds left in overtime broke a 47-all tie in the extra session and gave Keystone the lead for good.

McKenna Schick then hit two of four charity shots to get the lead four with 18 seconds left.

Lindsay Homan, who had 13 points, got Venango Catholic back within one, 51-50, with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left but that shot was the last one the Lady Vikings took.

It was a pair of treys by Johnson that started the Keystone comeback.

The junior, who missed last year’s postseason with an injury after helping Keystone to the District 9 title as a freshman, hit two 3-pointers in 19 seconds to get Keystone within five, 41-36. Amber Hess then nailed a three to make it 41-39 following a Venango turnover, and Johnson hit two free throws to tie the game at 41 with 1:15 to play meaning Keystone had scored 11 points in a span of 1:08.

Lindsay Homan hit two free throws to put the Lady Vikings back in front, but Johnson answered again with a bucket to force overtime.

In overtime, Taylor Moltz gave Venango an early lead before four straight Keystone points put them back in front despite Johnson, who had a game-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds, fouling out with 2:09 left.

Lindsay Homan answered with a game-tying basket, but Reed’s free throws gave Keystone the lead for good.

Hess added 10 points for Keystone with McKenna Shick chipping in eight.

Ava Homan also had 13 points for Venango, while Moltz had 12. Allison Guth had a game-high 18 rebounds to go with eight points. Moltz chipped in nine rebounds and Lindsay Homan eight.

Keystone will face Clarion in the championship game Saturday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. It’s a rematch of the 2012 title game won by Keystone. Clarion is the defending champion having beaten Port Allegany last year.

KEYSTONE 51, VENANGO CATHOLIC 50, overtime

Keystone 6 3 13 21 8 – 51

Venango Catholic 11 10 10 12 7 – 50

KEYSTONE  – 51 

Johnson 7 7-9 24, Chapman 0 0-0 0, Shick 2 4-6 8, McLendon 0 0-0 0, Reed 1 2-2 4, Hess 4 0-0 10,  Beichner 0 0-0 0, Weaver 2 0-1 5. Totals: 16 13-18 51.

VENANGO CATHOLIC – 51

A. Homan 6 1-1 13, Kuhn 1 0-0 2, L. Homan 5 2-4  13, Guth 4 0-1 8, Moltz 5 2-2 12, T. Dziekciasz 0 0-0 0, V. Dziekciasz 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 5-8 50.

3-point goals — Keystone 6 (Johnson 3, Hess 2, Weaver 1), Venango Catholic 1 (L. Homan).

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