AML Girls’ Basketball Semifinals Friday Night

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ST. MARYS, Pa. (D9Sports) – The AML girls’ semifinals are set for Friday night with South Champion DuBois Central Catholic seeking its second consecutive conference title.

(Photo of DCC’s Riley Assaloine. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

The Lady Cardinals host North runner-up Kane at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s title game won by DCC, 51-46 in overtime. In the other semifinal, North champion Elk County Catholic takes on South runner-up Ridgway at 7 p.m. at ECC.

(N2) KANE AT (S1) DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Kane (18-4) will try to make it three in a row over DCC (14-7) after winning a pair of tight games over the Lady Cardinals during the regular season including a 48-38 win in Kane Jan. 13 and a 45-44 victory in DuBois Feb. 3.

Ella Marconi led Kane with 16 points and Trinity Clark added 13 in the win at Kane, while Clark had 13, Rachael Morgan 12 and Marconi 10 in the victory in DuBois.

Up at Kane, Gabby Caruso scored 13 and Jordy Frank 11 for DCC with Riley Assalone netting 14 in the loss at DCC and Libby Maurer 10.

Marconi and Clark are the leaders for Kane, which has won seven straight and 13 of 14, with Marconi netting 14.4 ppg and Clark 13.8 ppg. Morgan chips in 8.8 ppg.

DCC, which is looking for a third straight trip to the title game, gets 12.4 ppg from Assalone, 9.3 from Frank and 7.6 from Caruso.

(S2) RIDGWAY AT (N1) ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC

ECC (14-8), which last won the title in 2015, enters the AML playoffs on a downturn having lost five of seven after starting the season 12-3.

Ridgway (9-13) is just the opposite coming into the game winners of six of nine after a 3-10 start.

The teams met twice during the regular season with ECC winning 45-21 Dec. 29 at the Elk County Tournament and 42-28 Jan. 19 at ECC.

Reilly Herzing and Josie Smith each scored 12 points in the tournament win with Taylor Newton netting 10 in the win at ECC and Herzing and Cassidy Cunningham both chipping in nine points.

In the tournament, Emily Fullem had 11 points for Ridgway and then scored 10 more in the game at ECC with Hannah Park adding nine tallies.

Herzing is the lone Lady Crusaders averaging double digits at 13.6 ppg with Smith adding 7.8 and Cunningham 7.1.

Fullem does everything for Ridgway averaging 17.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game. Park chips in 6.5 ppg with Casey Woodford adding 6.3 ppg.

The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Marys High School.


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