Chestnut Ridge girls fall in semis

CLEARFIELD — The Chestnut Ridge girls basketball team saw its season come to an Tuesday night with a lopsided 70-39 loss to a veteran Brookville squad in the District 5-9 Class 3A subregional championship game at Clearfield Area High School.

Chestnut Ridge (3-19) made the game as the lone 3A school in District 5, while Brookville (19-5) came in fresh off a 54-40 victory Thursday against Moniteau in the District 9 Class 3A championship game — a win that gave the Lady Raiders their second straight title.

Despite the large discrepancy in record, Ridge held its own in the opening quarter even though it committed four times as many turnovers (8-2) as Brookville and trailed by just two points.

It remained a one-point game (11-10) after three minutes gone in the second quarter, but the turnover bug continued to plague the Lady Lions. And, once Brookville hits its stride offensively, it was all Lady Raiders over the final two and half quarters.

Brookville used a 17-6 spurt over the final five minutes of the first half to take a 28-17 lead into the break. The Lady Raiders then stormed out of the locker room, outscoring Ridge 23-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding 51-25 lead after three quarters.

Brookville pushed the lead to as many as 33 points (68-35) late in the fourth quarter as the teams started to empty the benches before coming away with the 70-39 victory.

Ridge finished with nearly as many turnovers (38) as it did points (39).

Junior Madelyn Hyde accounted for more than half of the Lady Lions’ points as she finished with a game-high 20, including four 3-pointers. Fifteen of those points came after the half — nine in the fourth quarter.

Chestnut Ridge senior Makayla Weyant scored the first four points of the game before Brookville got four straight from Morgan Johnson. The teams traded scores from there, with a hoop by Kira Powell giving Brookville the two-point lead after one quarter. Weyant had seven points on the night.

The back-and-forth game continued into the second quarter, with baskets by Lydia Mock and Laiklyn Luther keeping Ridge in the game at 11-10. Five quick points by Johnson sparked Brookville’s run to end the first half that seized control of the game.

Brookville’s Madison Johnson and Hyde traded 3-pointers to start the third quarter, an 11-3 spurt by Brookville promptly made it a 19-point game (42-23) and the Lady Raiders never looked back as they advanced to the state playoffs for the second straight year.

The Johnson twins (Morgan and Madison) each scored 15 points for Brookville, as did Marcy Schindler. Teammate Lauren Hergert also reached double figures with 10.

Chestnut Ridge head coach Kelsey Mearkle was not available for comment following the game.

Brookville will play the third-place team from District 6 in the opening round of the state playoffs on Friday, March 8.

CHESTNUT RIDGE (39): Weyant 3 0-0 7, Mock 2 0-0 4, Hyde 4 8-9 20, Gibbner 0 1-2 1, Wingard 1 1-2 3, Luther 1 0-0 2, Weaver 1 0-0 2, Dunlap 0 0-0 0, Feathers 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 10-13 39.

BROOKVILLE (70): Mo. Johnson 5 4-5 15, Ma. Johnson 5 4-5 15, Schindler 5 4-4 15, Powell 2 0-0 5, Hatzinikolas 3 0-0 6, Hergert 5 0-0 10, Aikens 0 0-0 0, Grant 0 2-2 2, Sharp 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Ganoe 0 1-2 1, Wonderling 0 1-2 1. Totals — 25 16-20 70.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Chestnut Ridge 6 11 8 14 — 39

Brookville 8 20 23 19 — 70

3-point goals: Chestnut Ridge 5 (Weyant, Hyde 4), Brookville 4 (Mo. Johnson, Ma. Johnson, Schindler, Powell).

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