Vanleer Returns to Lift Punxsy Girls Past ECC in Key D9 League Matchup

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ST. MARYS, Pa. (D9Sports) – After missing three games with an injury, Morgan Vanleer made a triumphant return for Punxsutawney netting a team-high 21 points in a 54-43 win at Elk County Catholic that all but clinched the D9 League title for the Lady Chucks.

Vanleer hit three first-half 3-pointers on her way to 13 points in the half helping Punxsy take a 24-22 halftime lead.

It was all ECC early, as the Lady Crusaders jumped ahead 20-11 at the end of the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Reilly Herzing, who finished with a game-high 23.

But the Lady Chucks stabilized things in the second quarter outdistancing ECC 13-2 in the frame to take the lead. Vanleer hit a pair of threes in the second quarter while scoring eight of the Lady Chucks 13 points.

Kate Horner added 12 points for Punxsy with Leah Miller adding nine points and eight rebounds despite being in foul trouble and fouling out with 4:30 to play. Alli Lunger, who returned to the hardwood for a short amount of time Wednesday after missing a pair of games chipped in seven tallies.

Josie Smith added 11 for ECC.

With the win, Punxsy has a three-game lead in the loss column in the D9 League over both ECC and DuBois with four league games to play.

NORTH CLARION 60, CLARION-LIMESTONE 16

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Tori Obenrader joined the rather exclusive 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club when she netted 11 rebounds in a 60-16 North Clarion win at Clarion-Limestone in KSAC North action.

The victory, coupled with Cranberry’s win over Clarion, clinched the KSAC North title for the She-Wolves for the second straight year.

Obenrader, who hit the 1,000-point mark a couple of weeks ago at Keystone, needed 11 rebounds coming into the game to get to 1,000 board. She grabbed exactly 11 ending the night with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds in the North Clarion win. She has 1,159 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. There isn’t a definitive list of 1,000-point scorers and 1,000-point rebounders in District 9 history, but D9Sports.com does know that Keystone’s Madison Johnson, East Forest’s Kelsey Rini and West Forest’s have all been 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound performers. In addition, it is believed that Union’s Joyce Wensel may have accomplished the feat. If anyone has information on 1,000-point scorers/1,000-point rebounders please e-mail [email protected]

In all, 10 different North Clarion players scored in the game with Michaela Higgins adding 11 points and Gabby Carll and Cassie Wagner seven each.

Mogan Clark’s six points paced C-L.

KANE 45, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 44

DUBOIS, Pa. – In a non-conference contest between a pair of AML foes, Kane got double-doubles from Trinity Clark and Rachel Morgan and held off a late shot by DuBois Central Catholic to take home a 45-44 road victory.

Clark led the Lady Wolves with 13 points and 11 rebounds with Morgan adding 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ella Marconi 10 points.

Camryn Cummings, who had five points and five assists, hit two free throws late to put Kane up three, 45-42, and a late 3-pointer by the Lady Cardinals was off the mark, although Jordy Frank did catch the off-the-mark shot and put it in to set the final score.

Riley Assalone led DCC with 14 points with Frank adding eight.

Kane led 25-21 at halftime and 34-31 going to the fourth quarter.

CURWENSVILLE 48, JOHNSONBURG 47

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Curwensville used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to rally past visiting Johnsonburg, 48-47, in AML action.

The Lady Tide were down 10, 39-29, with under seven minutes to play before going on the 15-0 run that was fueled by seven points from Madison Weber and five from Hannah Dixon as well as a rare 3-pointer from Christine Limbert.

Limbert’s triple put Curwensville ahead for good, 40-38, with 3:49 to go.

Johnsonburg finally ended the run on an old-school 3-point play with 1:07 left. Myers then hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 18 seconds, including one that made it 46-41 with 18 seconds left.

But Dixon hit two free throws with eight seconds left to make it 48-44 before a late three by Myers set the final score.

Dixon led Curwensville, which won its first AML game of the season, with 19 points, Limbert (11 points, 20 rebounds) and Weber (15 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles.

Thanks to her late hot streak, Myers led Johnsonburg with 15 points with Skylar Sherry adding 11.

DUBOIS 46, ST. MARYS 42

DUBOIS, Pa. – Ashley Hallowell had 14 points and 19 rebounds to help DuBois to a 46-42 D9 League win over visiting St. Marys.

Chelsea DeSalve led the Lady Beavers, who trailed 17-16 at halftime before outscoring St. Marys 14-8 in the third quarter to take the lead, with 16 points.

Rachelle Armanini paced the Lady Dutch with a game-high 21 points.


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