Lady Knights fall to North Clarion

KANE, Pa. – The young Eisenhower Lady Knights hung with a talented North Clarion team before the She-Wolves were able to pull away for a 58-37 win at the Kane Invitational on Thursday.

Lydia Giannini had a strong game for Ike (3-4), posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was a welcome sight to have her back for EHS, as she missed their previous game with a minor injury.

A 15-7 second quarter surge for North Clarion (5-1) helped them take control.

“We had a tough time with some turnovers and not closing out on their shooters,” said Eisenhower coach Mike Logue. “If we can do those two things, cut down on the turnovers and close out on shooters, we’ll be fine.”

Mackenzie Bauer had 16 points to pace the She-Wolves, while Abby Gatesman added 12.

Emiley Wheeler also had 11 points for Eisenhower.

“We’re playing hard, working hard and learning,” Logue said. “There are a lot of positives to take from this game.”

Kane (5-2) beat Clarion (3-4) in the other game, meaning the Lady Knights will take on the Lady Bobcats at 6 p.m. today in the consolation contest.

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EISENHOWER (37)

Beaver 1-0-0-2, Wheeler 3-5-10-11, Renninger 1-0-0-2, Chase 3-0-2-8, Giannini 6-2-2-14, Mohney 0-0-0-0, Sleeman 0-0-0-0, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0-0, Totals 14-7-14-37

NORTH CLARION (58)

Bauer 7-1-1-16, Shaftic 1-0-0-3, Manross 0-2-4-2, Schmader 4-0-0-9, Carll 2-0-0-5, Gatesman 5-2-2-12, Sherman 4-1-4-9, Cohlhepp 1-0-0-2, Totals 24-6-11-58

By Quarters

Eisenhower 9 7 5 16 – 37

North Clarion 17 15 18 8 – 58

Three-point FGs: Eisenhower (2) – Chase 2; North Clarion (3) – Bauer, Schmader, Carll

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JV: North Clarion 46, Eisenhower 6

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UNION 55, SHEFFIELD 13

RIMERSBURG – A three-point shooting spurt in the first two minutes of the game set the tone for Union, as they cruised to a 55-13 win over Sheffield in the opening round on the girls side of the Union Holiday Tournament.

Marli Hawk hit two three-ball’s with Dominika Logue adding another in the first minute and a half of play, as Union raced out to a 9-0 lead.

“We weren’t composed early. We didn’t slide well on defense, and we panicked against their press,” said Sheffield coach Brandon Troutman, “I was shocked at how poorly we handled their pressure, but we’ll learn and move on.”

Union held Sheffield to just four first half points, a factor Troutman said has been plaguing his club, “we definitely are not aggressive in going to the basket, or even getting shots to the rim. We shook up the starting five tonight in hopes of giving us a boost, and it didn’t work. We’ll adjust and get back at it tomorrow.”

Sheffield was lead by Lily Lauffenburger’s six points, in fact, all of the Lady Wolverines points came from the bench.

Sheffield will play Clarion-Limestone in the consolation round at 2 p.m.

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SHEFFIELD (13)

Mareena Bailey 1-0-2-3, Lily Lauffenburger 3-0-0-6, Kaylee Grubbs 1-0-0-2, Halle McLaughlin 1-0-2-2, Totals 6-0-4-13 – Emily Leichtenberger, Marissa Grubbs, Rosemary Nelson, Annabel Sheldon, Bella Lyon, Allison Schmader, Abby Gregerson, Alyssa Dunham, Anna McCracken, Abigail Brush, Maddy Roell all 0-0-0-0

UNION (55)

D. Logue 4-2-2-12, M. Hawk 5-0-1-12, B. Davis 2-3-6-7, M. Minich 3-2-2-8, J. Zitman 1-0-0-2, M. Cumberland 1-0-0-2, K. Zitmas 1-0-0-2, C. Austin 1-0-0-2, Totals 22-7-12-55.

By Quarters

Sheffield 2 2 5 4 – 13

Union 17 12 20 6 – 55

Three-point FGs: Sheffield (1) – Bailey; Union (4) – Logue 2, Hawk 2

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