Basketball Roundup: Bobcat Boys Win Pair This Week, Lady Cats Drop Two (01/18/19)

(Above photo by Mindi Verdill) Nick Frederick shooting against North Clarion

The Clarion Area Boys and Girls Basketball Teams were both in action in two games this week. Both teams participated in a Boys-Girls double header at Union on Wednesday (January 15th), with the Bobcat Boys prevailing against the Golden Knights, 57-34 and the Lady Cats falling in a close 51-46 contest to the Damsels. The Boys downed the homestanding North Clarion Wolves 64-36 on Friday (January 17th), while the Lady Cats fell to the visiting She-Wolves 57-34.

Bobcat Boys

Clarion 57 – Union 34

The Bobcats had three players in double-figures, Cal German with 16, and Hunter Craddock and Nick Frederick with ten apiece. Skylar Rhoades had 8 points, Josh Craig had 5 points, while Beau Verdill and Christian Simko chipped in with four apiece.

The Cats led 20-8 after one and 38-20 at the half. Clarion outscored the Knights 19-14 in the second half, to secure the 57-34 win.

Truman Vereb led Union with thirteen points.

Clarion 64 – North Clarion 36

German again led the Bobcats, with twenty-one points. Rhoades also hit for double-figures, scoring thirteen. Craddock had 9 points, Frederick had 8, Verdill had 6, Simko had 4 and Craig had three.

The Cats led 18-7 after one. North Clarion had a 15-7 advantage in the second quarter, giving the Cats a three-point, 25-22 lead at the half. Clarion turned it up in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 15-4 in the third and 24-10 in the fourth.

Drew Gatesman led North Clarion with twelve.

The Cats will host the A-C Valley Falcons on Wednesday (January 22nd).

(Photo by Mindi Verdill) Bobcats on defense at Union

Lady Cats

Union 51 – Clarion 46

Jordan Best and KK Girvan each scored in double-figures for the Lady Cats, with Best hitting for 13 and Girvan scoring ten. Kait Constantino had 9, Payton Simko scored 8 points. Rebekah Ketner, Ava Cherico and Eva Lerch had two points apiece.

Cats led by one, 11-10 after one. But the Damsels held a 13-9 advantage in the second, to take a 23-20 lead into halftime. With a 12-8 edge in the third, Clarion led by one, 32-31 heading to the final stanza. The Damsels outscored the Cats 20-14 in the fourth to set the final.

Keira Croyle led Union with thirteen points.

Payton Simko inbounding against North Clarion

North Clarion 57 -Clarion 34

North Clarion led 11-5 after one, 25-13 at the half and 40-21 after three.

Constantino led Clarion with twenty-two points. Simko, Best and Girvan had four points apiece.

Mackenzie Bauer and Abby Gatesman led the She-Wolves with 13 and 12 respectively.

The Lady Cats will travel to A-C Valley on Tuesday (January 21st).