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Foul-line success points way for Lady Bulldogs

CLAYSBURG — Depth may have gotten the Claysburg-Kimmel Lady Bulldogs to Saturday’s championship of the C&S Family Markets Holiday Hoops Tournament, but it was one particular part of the game that got them the crown.

The Lady Bulldogs went 24-for-31 from the free-throw line as they pulled way from Bedford, 58-46.

That is something that Claysburg coach Jess Veverka says has been a problem for her team as they improved to 6-1 ahead of the New Year’s break.

“It’s been a struggle for us so far this year,” she said. “We’ve been terrible at the line. Our free throw percentage has not been good until (Saturday).

Those efforts were led by Olivia Locke, who was 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. That compares to just 3-for-8 for the Lady Bisons.

“That really bit us,” Bedford coach Mark Dillow said.

Bedford (3-6) did manage to get the game down to a one-point deficit at the end of the third when Lindsay Shuke buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 36-35.

Shuke led all scorers with 20 points.

“We battled back from it. We never stopped going forward, we never backed down,” Veverka said. “When they were making shots, it was like we were going to fall over and fold. I told the girls that’s the best game we’ve played so far this season.”

Claysburg pulled away around the 3:12 mark of the final period when Bailey Garver came up with an and-one opportunity on a layup.

“That was the ceiling point,” Veverka said. “We needed that. That steal and her getting that layup really helped us.”

The Lady Bulldogs put the game away for good, thanks to a steal and a bucket by Megan Hartman for two her team-high 17 points.

“That was the one we had a freshman in the game, she picked it, went down and laid it in,” Dillow said. “That same freshman had the ball two different times, same play, two shots, four points from steals.

“Claysburg is very aggressive, they’re a well coached team, they’re nice kids, they’re tough kids, scrappy kids.”

Emily Claar had 13 points before picking up the tournament MVP. Shuke, Madelyn Hyde from Chestnut Ridge and Katelyn Truex from McConnellsburg rounded out the all-tournament team. Jenna Brown from Bedford won the sportsmanship award.

CHAMPIONSHIP

BEDFORD (46): J. Shuke 1 0-1 2, Brown, 5 1-4 11, L. Shuke 7 2-2 20, Thomas 5 0-1 11, Davidson 0 0-0 0, Lippincott 0 0-0 0, Downs 1 0-0 2. Totals — 19 3-8 46.

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (58): Hartman 6 2-4 17, Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Locke 1 6-8 8, Garver 2 5-7 9 R. Claar 1 4-4 7, E. Claar 3 7-8 11, Carson 1 0-0 2. Totals –15 24-31 58.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bedford 12 5 18 11 — 46

Claysburg-Kimmel 12 11 13 22 — 58

3-point field goals: Bedford 5 (L. Shuke 4, Thomas); Claysburg-Kimmel 4 (Hartman 3, R. Claar).

Records: Bedford (3-6); Claysburg-Kimmel (5-1).

Officials: Denny Detwiler, Brian Brode, Stan Risser.

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