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Lady Warriors sweep week

Win OT thriller at Clifton-Clyde

by Tyler Williams

February 04, 2019

 

 

    The Lady Warriors of Southern Cloud won both contests that were scheduled last week, picking up wins against Clifton-Clyde and league foe Chase.  With the wins, the SC record has improved to 9-5 on the season.

Vs. Clifton-Clyde – January 29

     Making the short trip north to Clyde, the Lady Warriors would have probably been considered heavy underdogs going into their matchup with Clifton-Clyde, a 10-5 team in the Twin Valley League, with 4 of the 5 losses coming against state ranked teams.  The girls of SC came in, played loose and took an early 14-10 lead in the first quarter and made it to half time down only 2, despite foul trouble for three starters.

     In the second half, it appeared the Lady Eagles of Clifton-Clyde were going to pull away, stretching a lead to 6 with 4 minutes to go in the ball game.  The Lady Warriors kept attacking the basket and battling, leading to Logan Cool at the free throw line with six seconds to go, down by 1.  She sunk one of two free throws to tie it up. 

     The Lady Eagles raced down the court, missed the jumper, rebounded and attempted a put back underneath, being fouled at the buzzer.  Fortunately for the girls in blue, both attempts rimmed out, adding overtime to a great battle.  In the extra frame, Kaitlyn Morris sunk a three to take a two point lead and it was solid defense and free throws by Morris and Shea McMillan to put the game on ice.  The Lady Warriors picked up their biggest win of the season, 49-47.  The Southern Cloud defense held Clifton-Clyde to 27% from the field.

Scoring for the Lady Warriors: Morris 18, L. Cool 11, McMillan 6, Athina Liby 4, Hana Cool 4, Emily Stein 3, Ashton Cooper 3

Other notable stats: Morris and L. Cool each snagged 8 rebounds

Vs. Chase – February 2

     The Lady Warriors came out hot in their home contest against Chase, hitting shots and taking an early 8-0 lead to what appeared to be the early parts of a blowout victory.  Then Chase went on a run of their own, overpowering the Lady Warrior defense, which had become lackluster compared to the Clifton-Clyde contest.  Chase would have taken a lead to the half if not for a last second put-back by Hana Cool to knot it up at 19-19. 

     In the third quarter, the Lady Warriors still seemed out of sync.  The Lady Kats were able to gain a 4 point advantage mid-way through the third quarter.  SC turned up the pressure and was able to tie the game headed into the fourth quarter.

     In the fourth quarter, with three sophomores on the court (McMillan, Liby, H. Cool) and two seniors (Morris, L. Cool) , the Lady Warriors turned up the pressure and forced turnover after turnover and pushed the tempo.  McMillan and Liby smothered the guards in the backcourt and Logan Cool owned the mid-court portion of the press, forcing many easy buckets.  Morris scorched the nets scoring 10 of her 23 points in that quarter alone.  The Lady Warriors entered the frame with 27 points and scored 22 in the fourth quarter alone, cruising to a 49-38 victory.

Scoring for the Lady Warriors: Morris 23, McMillan 9, L. Cool 6, H. Cool 4, Liby 4, Cooper 2, Stein 2

Other notable stats: L. Cool grabbed 8 rebounds and snatched 5 steals; Morris added 3 steals; Morris and McMillan each dished 3 assists

               

 
 

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