WARREN, Pa. – With the playoffs on the horizon, the Warren Lady Dragons were put to the test against Clarion on Thursday.
The Lady Dragons received a passing grade, grinding out a 33-26 victory in a game which they trailed by 10, 14-4 after the first quarter.
They allowed just 12 points over the final three quarters, getting to within two, 16-14 at the half.
Back-to-back steals and layups from Riley Childress gave Warren (17-3) a 25-23 advantage late in the third quarter, a lead they didn’t relinquish.
Emma Ruhlman scored eight of her game-high 13 points in the second half for the Lady Dragons. Ruhlman and Childress went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.
Ruhlman and Childress talked about the win afterward:
Ruhlman pulled down 13 rebounds for a double-double and Childress played great defense with five steals.
Teagan Paris added four points, while Sammie Ruhlman hit a 3-pointer and Kelsey Stuart had two points for Warren.
Jordyn Best had seven points, all in the first quarter, for Clarion, while Erica Selfridge and Payton Simko added six each.
Winners of six in a row, the Lady Dragons travel to Corry on Saturday.