The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 73-53 victory over the Clearfield Bisons last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch took the early 9-0 lead on their way to a 22-8 first-quarter lead. St. Marys led by 10 at the half and nine at the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Dutch outscored the Bisons 19-8 to give the Dutch the 20-point victory.
“We made a concerted effort to push the tempo tonight and the players executed very well for only having a Saturday practice,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
“To me that was the difference in the game tonight,” added Guido.
The Dutch offense was led by Jimmy Werner with 26 points on nine field goals and an eight-for-11 night from the foul line. Justin Quiggle added 22 points on eight twos, one three and a three-for-four night from the foul line. Brandon Vollmer scored 10 points on four field goals and a two-for-five night from the foul line.
Clearfield was led by Christian Lezzer with 16 points on four twos, two threes and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Robbie Myers scored 12 points on six field goals.
St. Marys jumped out to a 9-0 start as Werner had three buckets and Quiggle hit a three. Curtis Frye sank a foul shot for Clearfield before Quiggle and Vollmer scored field goals, 13-1. Lezzer scored for the Bisons, 13-3. The Dutch went on a 6-0 run as Vollmer sank two foul shots and Werner scored on a putback and later added two foul shots, 19-3. Lezzer sank two foul shots, 19-5. A three by Quinn Cunningham gave the Dutch the 22-5 lead. Lezzer hit a three late in the quarter as St. Marys led 22-8 at the end of one period.
Clearfield scored the first five points of the second quarter. Quiggle scored on a putback and a minute later Werner added a field goal, 26-13. The Bisons scored nine unanswered points to cut the Dutch lead to 26-22 with 1:58 left in the half. Werner and Myers traded buckets, 28-24. Quiggle hit a two, 30-24, at the 1:19 mark. Werner converted one of two foul shots at the 52-second mark. Beau Swales scored for Clearfield, 31-26. Quiggle made the score 33-26 with 34 seconds remaining. Dutchman Quinn Cunningham banked home a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving the Dutch the 36-26 halftime lead.
Lezzer opened the second half with a bucket. The Dutch went on a 6-0 run with Vollmer, Werner and Quiggle scoring, 42-28. The Bisons cut the Dutch lead to 42-34. Sam Guido converted two foul shots for the Dutchmen, 44-34. Clearfield cut the Dutch lead to 44-41 with 2:40 left in the period. Werner sank two foul shots and added a field goal, as did Quiggle, giving St. Marys the 50-41 lead. Trey Jordan and Quiggle exchanged buckets and Shawn Lord scored for the Bisons, 52-45. Quiggle made the score 54-45 as the third period came to a close.
Werner opened the fourth quarter, scoring by sinking one of two technical foul shots. Vollmer scored at the 7:31 mark and the 7:09 mark to give the Dutch the 59-45 lead. Seth Beardsley sank a foul shot for Clearfield, 59-46. Werner converted a three-point play, 62-46, with 6:43 left. Swales sank a foul shot and Lezzer hit a two for Clearfield. St. Marys went on a 7-0 run. Quiggle sank two foul shots, Werner one, Fox hit a three and Quiggle added a foul shot, making the score 69-49 with 3:34 left. Each team scored four points in the closing minutes to make the final score 73-53. Shajuan Carrero had the Dutchmen’s four points.
The Dutchmen are now 9-12 on the season.
St. Marys will close out their season on Wednesday when they play host to the Johnsonburg Rams. Junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Last night was Senior Night for the Dutch as the senior cheerleaders and players, along with their parents, were recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.
Bounce For Bucks made the following people happy: Tracy Robinson; Doug Micale; George Young; Samantha Kennepohl Fanton; Joel Mertel; Helen Mattivi; Connie Vollmer; Charis, Trinity, Luke, Will and Jake (Nancy Damore).
Christian Lezzer 4-2-2-2-16, Beau Swales 1-0-1-2-3, Jonnie Gaylor 0-0-0-0-0, Curtis Frye 1-1-2-3-7, Seth Beardsley 0-0-1-2-1, Andrew McCracken 0-1-1-2-4, Shawn Lord 2-0-3-3-6, Trey Jordan 2-0-0-3-4, Ryan Hertlein 0-0-0-2-0, Robbie Myers 6-0-0-0-12. Totals 16-4-9-19-53.
St. Marys 73
Justin Quiggle 8-1-3-4-22, Sam Guido 0-0-2-2-2, Jimmy Werner 9-0-8-11-26, Brandon Vollmer 4-0-2-5-10, Michael Fox 0-1-0-3-3, Justin Beimel 0-0-0-0-0, Shajuan Carrero 2-0-0-0-4, Quinn Cunningham 0-2-0-0-6, Phil Danz 0-0-0-0-0, Kyle Gaton 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 23-4-15-25-73.
Score by quarters
Clearfield 8 18 19 8 53
St. Marys 22 14 18 19 73
The St. Marys junior varsity squad lost a tough 41-39 contest to the Bisons.
Clearfield took a 13-10 first-period lead, then outscored the Dutch 7-3 in the second quarter for a 29-13 halftime lead.
Each team scored nine third-period points. In the fourth quarter, the Dutch outscored the Bisons 17-12, but it wasn’t enough as Clearfield won by two, 41-39.
SMA scoring: Nate McFadden 4, Mitchell O’vell 6, Phil Danz 14, Ryan Miller 4, Quinn Cunningham 3, Kyle Gaton 8.
Clearfield scoring: Seth Beardsley 3, Andrew Brown 5, Matt Josephson 4, Mike Wood 10, Jon Janocko 12, Wyatt Weston 5, Derek Hryn 2.