Cade Fortney’s 14 points leads Red Raiders past Penns Valley Rams, 34-29
Sophomore Cade Fortney’s 14 points and a strong defense led to a big 34-29 home victory for Bellefonte Area High School (6-8 Overall) over visiting Penns Valley High School (7-7 Overall).
The win is the third of the last five games for the Red Raiders. It’s also only the second win that the home crowd witnessed this season. It’s the first home win since Jan. 3 when the Red Raiders beat DuBois High School with a 59-37 score.
Fortney only had four points heading into the fourth quarter; however, he exploded into the scoring column with 10 points in the final eight minutes.
Defense was on fire for both teams since the opening tip-off. Only two baskets and three free throws were the results in the first quarter with a 5-3 score heading into the second quarter in favor of the Rams.
The Rams then gained a little momentum with 11 points in the second quarter to have a 16-12 lead at halftime.
After being down to start the third quarter, the Red Raiders had to make sure that their defense stayed sharp and focused to make the sure that the Red Raider fans went home happy; and they delivered.
An explosive defense only gave up one basket in the third quarter to take a 23-18 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
For the first time in a while heading into the fourth quarter, the home Red Raider crowd could sense a home victory.
Fortney’s 10 points in the fourth quarter delivered a home victory to split the 11-11 fourth quarter to earn the 34-29 victory.
Bellefonte’s first year head coach Kris Glunt was very proud of his team’s efforts in the second half.
“We really wanted to turn up the intensity on the defensive side of the ball,” Glunt said. “It allowed us to play in a little faster pace and that suits us a little bit better.”
“Cade Fortney was incredible for us tonight,” Glunt added. “He has really stepped up the last couple of weeks and he was the real difference for us offensively.”
The Bellefonte boys basketball team will look forward to hopefully clinching a spot in the playoffs. The Red Raiders next travel to Clearfield High School (11-1 Overall) next Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a 7:00 tip-off against the Bison.
PV 5 11 2 11- 29
B 3 9 11 11- 34
Penns Valley- Logan Snyder- 2 points
Keith Butts- 7 points
Andrew Tobias- 13 points
Aaron Tobias- 2 points
Cameron Shaffer- 2 points
Luke Snyder- 3 points
Bellefonte- Tyler Kreger- 3 points
Nate Tice- 5 points
Cade Fortney- 14 points
Ben McCartney- 6 points
Caleb Rockey- 4 points
Noah Nadolsky- 2 points