Junior High A Team Wins A Pair (03/01/17)
(By Coach Keigh Murtha)
Cranberry was back in the town and both teams came out playing hard in the 1st quarter. Clarion held a slight 7-6 lead at the end of one. Cranberry surged in the second leading Clarion 13-7 in the quarter for a half time score which gave Cranberry a 19-15 Advantage!
After half time adjustments, the Bobcats owned the 3rd quarter making a 13-4 run behind the scoring of Ethan Burford and Cal German. Ben Murtha chipped in a number of assists. The 3rd quarter closed 28-23, Clarion lead.
An evenly played 4th quarter resulted in a 13-12 run for the Bobcats. With time running out, The Berries were forced to foul and the Bobcats won a well played game 39-35.
Burford (17) Craddock (2) German (9) Murtha (4) Pastor (3) Schmader (2) Verdill (2). The Bobcats held #21 Stahlman to 6 points, #11 led the Berries with 11 points.
Next up for the Bobcats was a rematch with North Clarion. The Bobcats used a familiar formula, of getting out of the gate quickly supported by a strong 2nd quarter. The first quarter saw the teams feeling each other out, The Bobcats held a slight lead 9-8. The second quarter saw the Bobcats turned up the intensity on both ends of the floor to make a 17-5 run, making the halftime score 26-13, Advantage Clarion!
Skylar Pastor saw considerable minutes in the 1st half as Tyler Schmader was in foul trouble.
A strong 3rd quarter with everyone seeing minutes gave the Bobcats an 11-8 advantage, 37-21 entering the final quarter. An evenly played 4th quarter, teams trading 9 points each resulted in 46-30 victory for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats had aneven scoring attack behind Burford(13) Craddock(8) German (9) Murtha (8) Schmader (4) Verdill (3) and Pastor (1).
(Thanks to Coach Murtha for this article. Great job, Bobcats!!!!)