JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Rams (10-9) may be peaking at the right time after a 60-43 win Friday night over visiting Curwensville (5-12).
The Rams were led by Kevin Benson's 23 points, and teammate Zane Hodgdon followed with 12 in the win.
"I thought we played team basketball," said Johnsonburg head boys varsity basketball coach Bill Shuey. "We hit the open guy, fed the guy that gave us the best chance on the floor to score and we weren't rushing our shots.
"We rebounded well and played well on defense. We had some lapses but it was still pretty good."
A senior-laden starting lineup for Ridgway boys basketball helped the Elkers to a 16-2 lead en route to a 48-29 win over Kane Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway honored seniors Cody Delhunty, Josh Lineberger, Ben MacDonald, Josh Roselli, Mike Sorge, Nate Steis, Jack Toncich, Phil Waddell and J.J. Klase before the game for Senior Night.
It was a tale of two halves on Wednesday night in the Wolvesâ€™ Den. The Kane Lady Wolvesâ€™ basketball team hosted the Ridgway Lady Elkers and saw the visitors jump out to a 14-10 halftime lead. Coach Dave Kiehlâ€™s Lady Wolves have struggled in the third quarter several times this season but came out of the locker room and put 16 points up on the scoreboard while holding Ridgway to two after the break. The hosts went on to post a 43-25 victory.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Ramettes (5-13) struggled mightily Wednesday night in a 35-21 loss to visiting DuBois Central Catholic (10-6).
The Ramettes managed just two points in the first quarter and were nearly shut out in the fourth, scoring their first points of the frame with just 93 seconds left in the game.
"We're not playing as a team," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Ellie Kocjancic after the game. "We were one out of seven in the first half and down by nine points. It's the little things that are falling apart.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ An aggressive nature to Johnsonburg's matches led to a team victory in a way not often used.
Johnsonburg used Criteria H, most first takedowns, to earn the winning team points in a 19-18 victory over Bradford Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School.
After the matches were concluded and the score was tied at 18-18, the two coaches and official stood at the scorer's table to determine tiebreaking criteria. It was determined Johnsonburg had scored takedowns first in four of the five matches to give them the team win.
Headed into the final bout of the night, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim three-point lead over county rival Ridgway Elkers, 31-28. At one point in the match, the Dutchmen had held a 22-point lead, but Ridgway had rallied and looked poised to steal the victory. Faced with a must-win scenario, St. Marys Area's Cameron Resch came through with a 4-1 decision over Ridgway's Drew Baumgratz to give the Dutch the 34-28 match victory.
The Johnsonburg Rams improved to 9-9 on the season with a 55-35 win over the Kane Wolves Monday night in the Wolvesâ€™ Den. The Rams led 11-5 after one quarter. The Wolves rallied to go ahead 13-11 with three minutes left in the half but the Rams closed out the second quarter on a 10-0 run and pulled away in the fourth to get the victory.
Brockway girls basketball used a strong fourth quarter to finish off a 55-37 win over Ridgway Monday night at Ridgway Area High School in an AML South matchup.
Brcokway led 36-28 over Ridgway after three quarters with the Lady Elkers still in striking distance. Brockway began to gradually pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Ridgway 17-9.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kane coach Dave Kiehl termed the game "sloppy" at times but his Lady Wolves rolled out of Johnsonburg in the snow Monday night with a 49-29 win, upping their record to 9-8 as they battle for favorable playoff positioning.
The Ramettes (5-12), shorthanded without two of their forwards, relied heavily on sophomore Nicole Myers as she paced all scorers with 17 points. The rest of the starting five notched just eight points while Emily Dillinger contributed two field goals off the bench.
Ridgway's trilogy of close games this past week ended in most dramatic fashion.
Ridgway junior Jeremy Breier hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer to give the Elkers a 30-29 win over AML South foe DuBois Central Catholic Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.
It was Ridgway's third nailbiter of the past seven days after an overtime win at Johnsonburg last Friday and overtime win hosting Curwensvville on Tuesday.