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Bishop Carroll’s Ellie Yahner (right) tries to drive past Claysburg-Kimmel’s Madison Ickes during Thursday’s District 6 Class A girls consolation game at Central Cambria High School. The Bulldogs won 43-40.

Bishop Carroll girls topped by Claysburg-Kimmel

By: By RICK WEAVER

EBENSBURG — At least second-year Bishop Carroll coach Crystal Horton knows the source of her bromides.
“I think it was John Wooden who said, ‘Good teams don’t lose; they run out of time.’ And tonight we ran out of time,” she said after Bishop Carroll dropped a 43-40 decision to Claysburg-Kimmel in the District 6 Class A consolation game on Thursday night.
Junior Alli Farabaugh led the Huskies with 11 points. Lea Sammarco, a sophomore, added 10 points for fifth-seeded Bishop Carroll, which faces District 5 runner-up Shade in a PIAA first-round game on March 8 at a site and time to be determined.
“We’re still young. We haven’t been in positions like this,” Horton said. “So this is teaching for us, learning how to play in moments like this.”
Claysburg-Kimmel (20-5) awaits the winner of tonight’s District 9 championship game between Clarion and Keystone. The loser faces the Bulldogs on March 8.
Claysburg-Kimmel sophomore Paige Burk led all scorers with 14 points. She hit four 3-pointers. Elizabeth Weiland, a  freshman, added 13 points. She also made the biggest difference at the free throw line, where she made good on 11 of 12.
“We didn’t make a lot of field goals but we scrapped (and) did what we had to do,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Jeff Appleman said.
The greatest ironies to all this are that a freshman made a tremendous difference in a game in which youthful inexperience played a role in how the game played out, and that for all the difference Weiland made at the line, her teammates nearly cost the Bulldogs the game because of their inability to follow suit.
Bishop Carroll (11-12) committed 28 turnovers, twice many as the Bulldogs.
“We played faster than what we should have been,” Horton said. “So the turnovers came, and they were at inopportune times.”
Coming off a 61-33 loss to top-seeded Portage, Horton urged her team to pose a challenge to the third-seeded Bulldogs.
“Tonight was the night to challenge and to compete. After Tuesday night’s showing, we needed to bounce back and show ourselves that we can actually compete,” she said. “And I think they did that. The effort was there, the heart was there, the hustle was there, the desire was there. We just didn’t come out with a win.”
What’s more, Claysburg-Kimmel missed six of eight free throws, including five straight, in the game’s final minute.
Even so, the Huskies trimmed a 37-31 deficit to 37-36 after a 3-pointer by Farabaugh, followed by a hoop by Courtney Link with 2:14 to play.
But Weiland gathered in an in-bounds pass and promptly cashed in a basket to restore the Bulldogs’ three-point edge with 1:47 left.
Sammarco tied the score one last time with her second 3-pointer of the night with 39 seconds to play. But Madison Ickes put Claysburg-Kimmel ahead for keeps with a basket 13 seconds later.
Weiland also came up big after Alexis Locke missed her third successive free throw with 10.9 seconds to go. The Huskies’ Britt Krug had position for the rebound, but Weiland stole the ball from between Krug’s legs. Kari Glass hit an ensuing free throw with 4.2 seconds to go, and Carroll’s Courtney Link misfired on her 3-point attempt as time ran out.
“The shots just weren’t falling for us when we needed them most,” Horton said. “There were shots dropping in and rolling out for us.”
The third-seeded Bulldogs traveled to Central Cambria High School, which is less than a mile from Bishop Carroll High School, for the first of the night’s two district consolation games. Appleman confirmed the longer trip did not sit well with the Claysburg-Kimmel supporters, who had to brave treacherous driving conditions and a much longer drive.
“They weren’t happy about it. It was kind of a disappointment that we were a ‘3’ seed and we thought we’d get Hollidaysburg or somewhere in the area,” he said. “We felt a little hurt by the placement of the game.”
On the other hand, Claysburg had played at Central Cambria on Tuesday against Bishop Guilfoyle, a 52-36 Marauders win. Appleman admitted that playing on a familiar floor did not hurt his team.
“You take advantage of what they give you,” he said.

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