D9Sports.com Girls’ Basketball Playoff Recaps: Punxsutawney Earns Right to Defend Title; Brookville’s Season Ends

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PUNXSUTAWNEY 55, CLEARFIELD 38

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Behind double-doubles from Hope Bridge and Leah Miller, top-seeded and defending champion Punxsutawney earned its fourth straight trip to the District 9 Class AAA title game with a 55-38 win over fourth-seeded Clearfield in the semifinals Wednesday night at Punxsutawney High School.

Bridge scored a game-high 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Miller added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Chucks (19-4).

Morgan Vanleer added 12 points for Punxsy with Ivy Ferko (6 assists, 4 points) and Kate Horner (7 assists) combining to dish out 13 helpers.

Rachel Glenny tied Bridge with a game-high 18 points to pace Clearfield (10-13), while Emily Ryan added 13 points.

Punxsy led 30-20 at halftime.

The Lady Chucks will face Bradford in the title game for the fourth straight year at 6 p.m. Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. After losing to the Lady Owls in 2013 and 2014, Punxsutawney broke through for the D9 title last season.

KANE 45, BROOKVILLE 40

FRILLS CORNERS — No. 4 Kane outshot and outrebounded No. 5 Brookville, offsetting its 30 turnovers in a 45-40 win in the lone D9 Class AA quarterfinal round game at North Clarion High School Wednesday night.

The Lady Wolves took the lead for good at the end of the first half, but never led by more than six points the rest of the way. They wound up shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (17-for-36) while Brookville struggled massively at 12-for-59.

Freshman Ella Marconi finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting with 16 rebounds. Trinity Clark scored nine points while Rachel Morgan had seven points and nine rebounds. Freshman backup Hannah Buhl hit four big free throws in the final 70 seconds to secure the win. She scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter.

Hali Olson scored 16 points for Brookville (12-11) with eight rebounds and eight steals. Kara Wonderling scored eight points while Elaina Powell struggled to a seven-point night on 1-for-14 shooting.

Kane (16-9) now gets a shot at top-seeded Karns City in next week’s semifinals at a site and time to be announced.

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