Clarion Lady Bobcats hand Lady Crusaders 47-41 loss

CLARION – The Clarion Area Lady Bobcats defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders by a 47-41 score last night in the District 9-A semifinal game played at Clarion University.The Lady Bobcats will now meet the Keystone Lady Panthers for the District 9 championship on Saturday at Clarion University. Keystone defeated Kane 58-51 in the other semifinal. The Lady Crusaders will take on the Kane Lady Wolves in the District 9-A consolation game. The date, site and time of that game will be announced.The Lady Bobcats opened a 10-2 lead early in the contest, with Elk Catholic battling back to close to within 14-10 at the end of the first period. Clarion led 23-21 at the half. At the end of the third period, Clarion opened a 10-point lead over ECC, 37-27.“We played good defense, played hard, but didn’t make our shots,” said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner. “Our defense forced some turnovers late in the game, but we couldn’t capitalize on them.”“We kept our composure and made a run at them with our foul shooting,” said Pistner. Elk trailed by 12 with 6:05 left in the game, but was able to close the gap to three with 20 seconds remaining.“I thought it was a very good basketball game,” added Pistner.The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Abbi Petrosky with 14 points on three field goals and an eight-for-15 night from the foul line. Kristy Hanes scored 10 points on two twos and two threes. Taylor DaCanal added nine points.For Clarion, Kyla Miles scored 15 points on seven field goals and a one-for-one night from the foul line. Bri Nellis scored 11 points on two field goals and a seven-for-10 night from the foul line.Nellis scored the first points of the game on a foul shot. Miles added a field goal to give Clarion a 3-0 lead. Petrosky converted two foul shots, 3-2. Miles hit a two and Liz Shannonhouse a three to give Clarion an 8-2 lead. Miles made it 10-2 before Hanes hit a three for Elk, 10-5. Maci Thornton scored for Clarion to make it 12-5. Hanes and Nellis traded buckets, 14-7. DaCanal sank a foul shot and Petrosky added a two, cutting the Clarion lead to 14-10 at the end of the first period.DaCanal opened the scoring in the second period with a field goal. Lexie Meholic added a three for ECC as Elk took their first lead of the game, 15-14. Shannonhouse and DaCanal traded buckets. Nellis gave Clarion the 18-17 lead. A foul shot by Meholic tied the game, with Petrosky scoring a field goal as Elk led 20-18 with 1:13 left in the half. Ashley Hummell hit a field goal and Miles converted a three-point play as Clarion led 23-20 with 20 seconds remaining. Petrosky converted one of two foul shots with four seconds left to cut the Clarion lead to 23-21 at the half.Nellis sank two foul shots to open the second half. Hannah Wolf scored for Clarion to make it 27-21. Petrosky converted two foul shots, as did Clarion’s Kate Fillman, 29-23. Miles made it 31-23 before Petrosky sank two foul shots. Clarion scored six points to take a 37-25 lead with 1:35 left. A field goal by DaCanal made the score 37-27 at the end of three quarters.Fillman scored the first points of the fourth quarter at the 6:05 mark, 39-27. With 2:37 left, Hanes hit a two, Meholic added two foul shots and Julia Sweeney hit a field goal, 39-33. Ashley Hummell and Hanes traded threes, 42-36. Thornton converted a foul shot 43-36. DaCanal converted two foul shots with 38 seconds left to cut the Clarion lead to 43-38. Nellis sank a foul shot, 44-38. Petrosky converted a three-point play with 20 seconds remaining to cut the Clarion lead to 44-41. Nellis sank a foul shot, 45-41 with Thornton scoring a field goal to give Clarion the 47-41 victory.Elk Catholic is now 22-4 on the year.The Lady Crusaders will now meet the Kane Lady Wolves in the consolation game. The date, time and site will be announced by the District 9 Committee.The Lady Crusaders were 12 of 37 from the field for 32 percent, while the Lady Bobcats were 17 of 38 for 45 percent.Elk outrebounded Clarion 30-26. Petrosky led ECC with 13, while DaCanal added six. Nellis had six caroms for Clarion, while Miles and Wolf had five each.