HYDE — Megan Durandetta scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Clearfield girls basketball team to a 45-22 victory over visiting Bald Eagle Area Tuesday evening at Bison Gym.
The Lady Bison, who had lost three of their last four games, improved to 4-6 with the win.
“We needed this win in a big way for confidence,” Clearfield head coach Joey Castagnolo said. “Megan had been struggling, but she took her time on her shot tonight. And when she takes her time, she’s pretty deadly.”
Durandetta drained all three 3-pointers she attempted in the first quarter to jumpstart the Lady Bison offense. She was 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the contest and hit on two of her three free throw attempts.
“She had been struggling and not scoring too much. She was rushing her shot,” Castagnolo said. “Tonight, she slowed it down and her mechanics were good. I’m real happy for her.”
In addition to Durandetta’s outside game, the Lady Bison were having their way with Bald Eagle inside, thanks to the presence of Nicollette Brossard and Tesa Miller.
Each had a bucket in the first quarter and both were stalwarts on the defensive end of the court, helping Clearfield take a 15-5 lead after one.
“They weren’t scoring much, but man were they controlling the inside game,” Castagnolo said. “(BEA) was trying to pass it inside, and we either intercepted it or confused them a lot of the time.
“I thought they did an excellent job the whole game.”
Brossard led all players with eight rebounds and added a pair of blocked shots, while Miller recorded five boards, two blocks and two steals.
After watching her teammates shine in the first quarter, point guard Alayna Ryan starred in the second. She scored eight of her 12 points in the stanza to help the Lady Bison up the advantage to 26-11 at the break.
Ryan ended the game with 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
BEA cut its deficit early in the second half, but a pair of Durandetta 3-pointers quickly squashed any thoughts of a comeback. The Lady Bison freshman scored eight in the frame and Clearfield took a 36-18 lead into the final quarter.
There, the Lady Bison outscored BEA, 9-4 to set the final.
BEA, which started three freshmen in the game, committed 30 turnovers. Clearfield had 26.
“We scrapped,” Castagnolo said. “It’s tough sometimes to play against a caliber of team that struggles a little bit. But we had some nice running of the floor like we like to do. And sometimes our style will create some turnovers.
“But I’m hoping we can keep the confidence from this game because we are going to be playing some teams that are really good and some teams that we should be able to handle in the next few games.”
Clearfield travels to Penns Valley on Friday.
Bald Eagle Area—22
Skirpek 1 1-4 3, Chambers 2 0-1 4, M. Veneziano 1 0-0 2, R. Veneziano 1 0-0 2, Holler 1 2-2 4, Bucha 1 0-0 2, G. Cingle 1 2-2 5, Cunningham 0 0-0 0, L. Barnhart 0 0-0 0, T. Cingle 0 0-0 0, A. Barnhart 0 0-0 0, Onder 0 0-0 0, Dyke 0 0-0 0. Totals: 8 5-9 22.
Miller 1 0-0 2, Durandetta 5 2-3 17, Ryan 5 2-2 12, Brossard 3 0-0 6, Cline 3 1-2 7, Gisewhite 0 0-0 0, Alt 0 0-0 0, Rhine 0 1-2 1, Vantassel 0 0-0 0, Rowles 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 6-9 45.
Three-pointers: G. Cingle Durandetta 5.
Score by Quarters
Bald Eagle 5 6 7 4—22
Clearfield 15 11 10 9—45