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Lady Bulldogs raise level in 2nd half

Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers Megan Hartman (Claysburg) and Belle Bosch (Chestnut Ridge) fight for a loose ball Friday night in Claysburg.

CLAYSBURG — After an extremely sloppy first half, which saw Claysburg-Kimmel and Chestnut Ridge combine for 23 turnovers, Claysburg came out of the opening half with a 12-point lead.

The Lady Bulldogs decided they’d had enough of letting the Lady Lions hang around as they came out of the halftime locker room and buried Ridge.

Sophomores Bailey Garver and Rebekah Claar scored all but two of C-K’s 24 points in the game-changing third as the Lady Bulldogs took control and rolled to a 61-28 victory Friday evening in the C&S Family Markets Holiday Tournament.

“They’re definitely leaders on our court,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Jess Veverka said of Garver and Claar. “Their shots are definitely one of the things that we look to.”

Claysburg-Kimmel (3-3) will meet Bedford in tonight’s 7:30 p.m. championship, while Chestnut Ridge (0-5) will square off with Saint Joseph’s Academy in the 4:30 consolation game.

With Claysburg leading 25-13 at the break, Garver came out and drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to quickly push the lead to 31-13.

Claar scored inside before Madelyn Hyde went 2-for-2 at the foul line to end the scoring burst.

“I’m glad we held the edge and kept that lead,” Veverka said. “But, we weren’t playing very well. We were missing a lot of shots that just wouldn’t fall for us, and we weren’t making our foul shots either.

Garver, who scored a game-high 21 points, recorded 13 in the third stanza, and Claar, who finished with 17, had nine in the frame.

While C-K cleaned up its play with just one turnover, the home team cranked up the defense and kept right on turning Chestnut Ridge over.

“When you have a big lead, you’re going to make your free throws and you’re going to make your shots because there’s no real pressure,” Chestnut Ridge coach Steve Donnelly said. “We just didn’t do a good job handling the ball. We’re going to do a better job tomorrow.”

Garver hit a triple and delivered with two free throws before CR’s Belle Bosch knocked a trey of her own to cut the score back to 38-18.

Claar reeled off a 7-0 run of her own to help the Lady Bulldogs grab a 45-18 lead before Bosch hit a baseline jumper to end the Lady Lions’ scoring drought.

Two more foul shots from Garver and a deep left corner jumper from Kaylee Haney, the only other Claysburg player to score in the quarter, had C-K ahead 49-20 with 1:29 to go in the third.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Isabella Wingard and Caylie Conlon helped stop the onslaught for the Lady Lions.

“The second half we came back out and we were finally hitting our shots and getting things moving for us,” Veverka said. “Defensively, we started to step up too and move quicker.”

Claysburg-Kimmel owned the fourth as well by a 12-2 margin.

For the game, neither team shot the ball well from the foul line as Claysburg hit 12-of-22, while Chestnut Ridge was 6-of-16.

C-K turned the ball over 13 times, but just four of them came after the half. Meanwhile, CR coughed it up 24 times.

Madelyn Hyde led the Lady Lions with 14 points.

“Bedford’s always tough,” Veverka said. “So, we’ve got to make our adjustments and be ready for them. I think we know what we need to do, and we’ll get there.”

Natalie Lippincott’s 14 points paced Bedford in a win over Saint Joseph’s Academy in the first round of the Claysburg Holiday Tournament.

Lindsay Mowry chipped in 10 points for the Lady Bisons. Kathleen Simander scored a game-high 22 points for Saint Joseph’s.

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL 61,

CHESTNUT RIDGE 28

CHESTNUT RIDGE (28): Hyde 4 3-4 14, Bosch 2 0-4 5, Wingard 1 1-4 4, Weaver 0 1-2 1, Daus 0 0-0 0, Conlon 1 0-0 3, Giovanelli 0 1-2 1, Hughes 0 0-0 0, Wunderlich 0 0-0 0, Feathers 0 0-0 0. Totals — 8 6-16 28.

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (61): Carson 1 1-2 3, Hartman 2 0-0 5, Claar 6 4-10 17, Haney 4 2-4 11, Garver 6 5-6 21, Helsel 2 0-0 4, Rininger 0 0-0 0, Poullos 0 0-0 0, Claycomb 0 0-0 0, Gonsman 0 0-0 0, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Weyant 0 0-0 0. Totals — 21 12-22 61.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Chestnut Ridge 10 3 13 2–28

Claysburg-Kimmel 11 14 24 12–61

3-point field goals: Chestnut Ridge 6 (Hyde 3, Wingard, Conlon, Bosch); Claysburg-Kimmel 7 (Garver 4, Hartman, Haney, Claar).

Records: Chestnut Ridge (0-5); Claysburg-Kimmel (3-3).

Officials: Joe Bilka, Bill Pfeffer, Kevin Laird.

BEDFORD 50, SAINT JOSEPH’S 32

SAINT JOSEPH’S ACADEMY (32): McMurtrie 0 0-0 0, Simander 7 4-4 22, Youngmire 1 0-0 2, Mallison 0 0-0 0, Eby 0 0-0 0, Scanlon 1 0-0 2, Hershbine 0 0-0 0, Wolf 1 1-2 4, Ott 0 2-4 2. Totals – 10 7-10 32.

BEDFORD (50): Downs 1 1-2 3, Mowry 4 2-6 10, Brown 4 0-0 8, Shuke 2 4-6 9, Lippincott 5 1-2 14, Taracatac 2 0-2 4, Kinzer 0 0-0 0, Mortimore 1 0-0 2, Ruffley 0 0-0 0, Martz 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 8-18.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Saint Joseph’s 2 10 12 8 — 32

Bedford 9 12 15 14 — 50

3-point field goals: Saint Joseph’s Academy 5 (Simander 4, Wolf); Bedford 4 (Lippincott 3, Shuke).

Records: Bedford (4-2).

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