ANOTHER GOAL MET: Karns City Wins Subregional Title Over Chestnut Ridge to Check Off Another Box

Owen Krepps

Owen Krepps

Published March 2, 2024 4:30 am
ANOTHER GOAL MET: Karns City Wins Subregional Title Over Chestnut Ridge to Check Off Another Box

CLARION Pa. (EYT) – The Karns City girls’ basketball team has checked off every box so far this season in terms of goals they had at the beginning of the year.

KSAC Championship? Check. District 9 Class 3A title? Check. On Friday, the Gremlins checked off another box, that being the subregional Class 3A championship as they defeated Chestnut Ridge, 41-34.

“Last year we took a loss to Chestnut Ridge,” said Karns City junior Savanna Prescott. “This year we just wanted to be the ones on top this time. This was one of our goals. We wanted to win District 9, the KSACs, and the subregional championships.”

Both teams struggled at times with turnovers and missed shots.

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<strong><em>(Karns City’s Naomi Venesky was named the Hager Paving Incorporated Player of the Game)</em></strong></p>
<p>The game sat at 1-0 Chestnut Ridge for nearly the first five minutes of the first quarter. Then, Karns City forced three straight turnovers to go up 6-1.</p>
<p>“We came out with the pressure there and scored those first three hoops,” said Karns City head coach Steve Andreassi. “It wasn’t a pretty game. The girls can verify that we don’t always play pretty basketball, but we battled it out.”</p>
<p>The Gremlins found themselves down by one at halftime, 15-14. But they then got clutch shooting performances from both Naomi Venesky and Hanna Dailey from the 3-point line.</p>
<p>Venesky and Taylor both had 10 points in the win. Prescott added nine and Dailey eight.</p>
<p>Solid 3-point shooting gave the Gremlins a seven-point lead in the third quarter. They then led 31-26 after three quarters of play. Now it was the defense’s turn to shut things down and ensure the win.</p>
<p>Karns City limited Chestnut Ridge to just eight points in the fourth quarter and a solid defensive effort clinched the win for the Gremlins.</p>
<p>“It was our defense. That is what it always is for us,” said Andreassi. “It always boils down to our defense, not letting them get into the paint.”</p>
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For Chestnut Ridge, coach Mark Dillow was dismayed by his team’s penchant for forcing things and committing turnovers.

“We needed a little more patience,” said Dillow. “Sometimes, in a game, you’ll get a girl who gets a hot hand. We didn’t have any hot hands. So we had to be more patient and look for the easy bucket.”

Both teams will advance to the state playoffs. Karns City will be the sixth-place team out of District 7.

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