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Lady Bison fend off P-O
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG - Clearfield girls basketball coach Joey Castagnolo didn't have one way to stop Philipsburg-Osceola's five-game winning streak.
He had two.
Lady Bison forwards Breanna Peters and Dakota Farmery had monster games against the undersized Lady Mounties, combining for 47 points and 37 rebounds in a narrow 56-54 victory on Wednesday in Philipsburg.
The Clearfield duo also got the job done from the foul line with the hosts cutting a one-time 11-point deficit to two in the waning seconds, as they combined to go 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final stanza to preserve the win.
Peters and Farmery combined to make 12 of their 13 attempts from the line for the Lady Bison, who were 13-of-16 as a team.
"We had some clutch foul shooting down the stretch from my two big girls," said Castagnolo. "It looks like we weren't very balanced scoring, but we played smart tonight. Like I said before, ‘try to stop us inside,' and that's just the way it works out.
"I'm just so proud of our foul shooting. I just found out how well we shot. They shoot a lot more than the little kids and it paid off tonight."
After a scoreless drought to end the first half, P-O chipped away at a double-digit deficit and made it a one-possession game on four occasions.
Lady Mountie freshman Haylee Hayward's second 3-pointer of the contest made it a 54-52 contest with 13.4 seconds to play, but she and Farmery traded foul shots to set the final.
"We didn't have an answer (for Farmery and Peters), and the kids just tried and played their hearts out," P-O head coach Doug Myers said.
"They played hard until the end and we got back in the game there. We cut it to two and gave ourselves a chance, and we just came up short. Clearfield played well and they played smart. It was an exciting game."
The team's traded blows throughout the first quarter and a half with Hayward's runner in the lane knotting the score at 23 with 3:45 showing on the second quarter clock.
Clearfield ended the half strong, however, by scoring the final nine points to essentially wrap up the contest.
Farmery made 4 of her 7 shots from the field in the quarter and converted 3 of 4 tries at the foul line, while Clearfield's defense held P-O (6-7) without a point in the final 3 minutes, 45 seconds of the half.
Peters chipped in with four points in the frame.
"I think we dominated inside and that's our strength," said Castagnolo. "I just can't say enough about how we played as a team. I thought our defense took away their strengths.
"I can't take anything away from Philipsburg - there's a reason they won five straight games. They scrap and play, and I thought we played good defense against them. We took away their strengths, I feel."
While the Lady Bison ended the half on a positive note, it was far from over for either squad.
Clearfield let a win at Central Mountain slip away after carrying a 22-10 lead into halftime, while the Lady Mounties' M.O. during their now-defunct winning streak has been coming from behind.
Myers' squad nearly did it again.
"They're disappointed because they were really getting going with that and they were trying to stay undefeated since the new year started," Myers said. "They'll come back because they're strong and they're resilient. They fight to the end.
"We were down eight going into the fourth quarter and I said, ‘hey, we've been here before. We beat Central Mountain in this position, we beat Central in this position. We're down a little bit, but we can do it.
"We've done it before.' I tried to remind them of that - just keep playing fast and smart. We played really smart basketball at the end. It just came down to a layup or foul shots and we're in."
Peters led all scorers with 24 points to go along with 19 rebounds, while Farmery went for 23 and 18.
P-O was led by Briana Rusnak's 17-point, 11-rebound effort, while Abby Showers (12) and Hayward (10) each added double digits.
"I think they got comfortable because we were up 11 and then it was nine," said Castagnolo. "They might have thought, ‘this game is in the bag,' but not with that team. They're well-coached, but then we woke up.
"I explained to them that this team just beat Central Mountain, who we lost to; they beat Central, who we lost to, and they beat Huntingdon, who we lost to. There's no quit in this team and we responded."
Clearfield (5-8) hosts St. Marys on Friday, while the Lady Mounties entertain Brookville on Monday.
Emily Ryan and Victoria Ireland scored 11 points apiece, as the Lady Bison escaped with a 39-30 win in the junior varsity contest. Katie Nartatez led all scorers with 12 points in the loss.

Munshower 1 0-2 2, Sopic 0 0-0 0, Renaud 2 0-0 5, Peters 9 6-6 24, Farmery 8 7-8 23, Aveni 1 0-0 2, D. Ireland 0 0-0 0, V. Ireland 0 0-0 0, Ryan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 13-16 56.
Hayward 3 2-3 10, Showers 4 2-4 12, Burge 3 0-0 6, Myers 3 0-0 6, Rusnak 7 3-6 17, Bauman 1 1-3 3, Meersand 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 8-16 54.
Three-pointers: Renaud; Hayward 2, Showers 2.
Score by Quarters
Clearfield                14 18 10 14-56
Philipsburg-Osceola  16   7 11 20-54

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