Girls Basketball: Bobcats Fall To Redbank Valley, Bounce Back With Win Over Keystone

The Clarion Area Bobcat girls basketball team had home games on back-to-back nights, falling to the Redbank Valley Bulldogs 49-36 on Thursday (February 8th) and downing the Keystone Panthers 55-19 on Friday (February 9th).

Clarion – Redbank Valley Game

The Bulldogs led 14-16 at the end of the first quarter, 21-16 at the half and 36-25, in their 49-36 victory.

Sophie Babington led the scoring for the Bobcats with eleven points, including three 3-pointers. Taylor Alston had 7 points and Lacey Lauer scored six points.

Gia Babington and Natalie Durish scored four points each, with Durish hitting on a bucket from beyond the arc. Alivia Diehl and Marley Kline had two points each.

Clarion Coach Sam Heeter had this to say about his team’s performance, “We were in a good spot at halftime. Played great defense in the first half and had a real shot at making it a good game, but we turned the ball over too much in the second half. We get them again next week, so we’re looking forward to having another chance.” 

The Bobcat Junior Varsity fell in a close, one-point 14-13 contest, that went to overtime.

The Bulldogs led 6-5 after one, but with a 3-2 Bobcat advantage in the second, the score was tied 8-all at the half. Both teams scored five points in the third, and it was tied 13-13 heading to the fourth. Neither team score there and a 1-0 Redbank edge in overtime set the final.

Lacey Lauer led the Cats with 11 points and Lilly Shirey scored the other two points.

Addy Hetrick and Molly Coil led the Bulldogs with four points apiece.

Clarion – Keystone Game

The game was tied 7-all after one. With a 16-7 Clarion edge, in the second the Bobcats took a 23-14 lead into halftime. A big 26-2 Bobcat edge in the third, moved their lead to 49-16 heading to the final stanza and with a 6-3 Clarion advantage in the fourth, the 55-19 final was set.

Marley Kline led the way for Clarion, with 20 points, while Taylor Alston also scored in double figures with twelve.

Gia Babington had eight points, including two buckets from three point land. Aliviah Diehl contributed five points, including a trey. Sophie Babington and and Lacey Lauer recorded three points, as both sank a three-pointer.

Natalie Durish and Olivia Boddorf rounded out the Bobcats scoring, with two points apiece.

Ashlee Albright led Keystone with eight points.

Coach Heeter had this to say, “The girls played an outstanding second half. Everything clicked for us in the third quarter and we were able to crank up the pressure and take advantage of it. It gives me great confidence seeing that from our team as we get ready for the postseason.”

The Bobcat JVs fell 31-12. Keystone scored 5 points in the first and 12 points in the second. Clarion had a 10-8 advantage in the third and the score heading to the fourth was 20-10, Keystone. An 11-2 Panther advantage in the fourth set the final.

Lilly Shirey and Kelsey Best led the Bobcats with four points apiece. Lacey Lauer had 3 points and Olivia Boddorf sank a free-throw.

Bella Brandon led Keystone with eighteen points.

The Bobcats are set for an away game with DuBois Central Catholic on Monday (February 12th).

(Let’s Go, Cats!!!!)