Ridgway tops Eisenhower in defensive battle

RIDGWAY – Ridgway has established itself as one of the top programs in District 9 over the past decade thanks to great defensive teams and offenses that are deliberate and methodical.

Eisenhower battled them on Monday, but those traits were on full display in a 41-27 win for the hosts in a District 10-9 crossover game.

“The kids played hard, we just made a couple of mistakes here and there,” said Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson. “They got up on us by 10 and we crept within six.”

A big difference was the first quarter, where the Elkers (17-3) outscored the Knights (10-9) 9-2.

Ike trailed by just six at the half, 15-9, as Jaydon Hayes led the way with a team-high 11 points.

Ridgway’s 14-point lead was its largest of the game, thanks to made free throws down the stretch after Ike was forced to start fouling.

“They were 19-of-24 from the line and we were 5-of-8, so that’s a big difference,” Allenson said. “We played really hard. We had too many mistakes tonight, but we are getting better at it.”

Justin Kasmierski, an all-state selection in football, led the Elkers with 18 points, with Allenson noting the Knights had more success when they fronted him in the second half and didn’t allow him to post-up.

Thomas Warren also had nine points for Ike.

“They are a great team and this was a playoff-like atmosphere,” he said. “A game like this really gets us ready for the playoffs.”

Eisenhower led the JV game 13-12 after one quarter but ultimately fell 39-19. Zack Fincher had six points and Cyrus Hazeltine five for Ike.

The Knights are at Union City today, concluding a stretch of four games in five days.

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EISENHOWER (27)

Reynolds 0-2-2-2, Myer 0-0-0-0, Harvey 2-0-0-4, Hayes 5-1-1-11, Th. Warren 3-1-1-9, Ta. Warren 0-1-4-1, Hazeltine 0-0-0-0, Totals 10-5-8-27

RIDGWAY (41)

Ames 0-2-2-2, Thorwart 3-1-2-7, MacDonald 0-2-3-2, Allegretto 2-3-3-7, Breier 2-3-3-7, Kasmierski 6-6-8-18, Jordan 0-0-0-0, Hinton 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-19-24-41

By Quarters

Ridgway            9     6   10  16 – 41

Eisenhower       2     6    8   11 – 27

Three-point FGs: Eisenhower (2) -Thomas Warren 2; Ridgway – None

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NORTH CLARION 66, TIDIOUTE 36

Behind 14 points from Jesse Schmader, North Clarion knocked off Tidioute 66-36 on Monday.

The Wolves jumped out to a 20-7 lead after the first quarter en route to the win.

“They’re a good team and this was a good learning experience for us because they play really aggressive,” said Tidioute coach Terry Cotterman.

Jared Veasy and Masion Deloe had nine points each for Tidioute, while Patrick Shields had seven rebounds and five blocks and Josh Smith seven boards.

“We hustled, but they are a good team and you can’t take anything away from them,” Cotterman said.

Tidioute returns to action on Wednesday, at Commodore Perry.

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NORTH CLARION (66)

J. Schmader 3-1-14, Banner 4-2-10, Weaver 4-0-8, Hargrove 2-0-4, S. Minich 4-3-10, C. Schmader 1-1-3, L. Minich 3-0-6, Mays 0-4-4-4, Ko. Mills 1-0-2, Ki. Mills 1-0-2

TIDIOUTE (36)

Veasy 3-2-9, Shields 2-0-5, Gillenwater 2-0-4, Deloe 4-1-9, Magda 3-0-7, Smith 1-0-2

By Quarters

North Clarion       20    19    17    10 – 66

Tidioute                7      8     12      9 – 36

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