When Corry hosted Clymer in a girls basketball scrimmage four weeks ago, the Lady Beavers dominated.
In Tuesday’s meeting in the opening round of the 2016 holiday tourney, Corry looked like it would cruise to victory.
The Beavers led 14-4 after one quarter, and were up 30-19 after three quarters.
But the Lady Pirates came alive, held Corry to four points in the fourth quarter, tied the game and forced overtime.
Kenzie Blakeslee’s basket with :44 on the clock gave Clymer a 38-37 lead and that’s how it ended. Corry had a chance for a winning basket but turned the ball over on the baseline.
“We played a very good first half of basketball, but unfortunately we did not play a full game,” admitted Corry coach Meg Sisson. “We got a decent lead in the third quarter, but we became a little complacent in the fourth and allowed Clymer to inch back into the game.
“Offensively, we took some decent shots but they just weren't falling in the second half,” she claimed. “When the shots aren't falling, you have to rely on tough defense and rebounding, which we did not do well in the fourth quarter.”
Late in regulation, Rachel Dingfelder’s basket gave Corry a 34-32 lead. Clymer senior Ashley Beckwith’s hoop with :15 left tied it at 34 an forced OT.
Clymer took the lead on Lauren Dunnewold’s basket, Corry tying it at 36 on Haley Kurelowech’s hoop. Sabrina Kinney’s free throw gave the hosts a 37-36 lead, but Blakeslee’s basket proved to be the game winner.
Beckwith finished with 14 points, nine in the decisive fourth period. Blakeslee and Nashia Duryee had six each for the Pirates, now 4-2.
For Corry, who had not lost to Clymer in at least 10 years, Brooke Joncas scored six of her 10 points in the first period, including the basket that made it 14-4. She had 11 rebounds for a double double, plus making five steals.
Dingfelder had nine points and three steals, Kurelowech with nine points, four rebounds and two steals. Lexi Cubero contributed four points (two free throws in the fourth quarter) and made three steals.
For Clymer, Dunnewold collected 13 rebounds, Duryee seven and Blakeslee six. Beckwith had four steals, Dunnewold two. Duryee was credited with four assists, Jenna Covey three.
Clymer won the junior varsity game, 41-21. Haleigh Burlew had eight points in the loss, Indya Berkhous and Rachel Schena with four.
For Clymer, Hannah King netted 11 points, Emma Wiggers and Abbie Heslink with eight.
In the first JV game, Seneca defeated Youngsville, 38-6.
JV action today has Corry versus Youngsville at 3 p.m., followed by the Clymer and Seneca game. In varsity play, Corry (3-4) meets Youngsville for third place at 6 p.m., followed by the championship contest pitting Cymer against Seneca. The Lady Bobcats are 6-2 after a 64-30 win over Youngsville. Grace Sonney had 18 points for the winners. Alison Ishman hit 10 points for the losing Eagles.
CLYMER (38): Dunnewold 2 0-0 4, Blakeslee 3 0-1 6, Beckwith 5 2-4 14, Gustafson 1 2-2 4, Beal 0 0-0 0, Covey 1 0-2 2, Duryee 2 2-4 6, Woods 0 0-0 0, Boozel 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 6-13 38.
CORRY (37): Cubero 1 2-2 4, Dingfelder 4 1-2 9, Joncas 4 2-4 10, Fisher 2 0-0 4, Kurelowech 4 1-2 9, Kinney 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 7-12 37.
Clymer 4 10 5 15 4 — 38
Corry 14 7 9 4 3 — 37
3-pts: Cl-Beckwith 2.
Junior varsity game
Clymer 10 7 11 11 — 41
Corry 1 8 4 8 — 21
3-pt: Cl- King.