The Leopards traveled into Dark Horse country Friday, continuing their backyard rivalry. Both games were hard fought, but the Horses sent the Leopards packing, winning the girls game 65-59, and the boys game, 72-57.
Playing a tough first quarter, the Lady Horses ended it with a score of 17-11. Entering the next quarter, Lakewood stayed close behind in score. After a few fouls, the first half of the game was ended with a score of 33-25, Clinton in the lead.
After intermission, the Lady Leps made a comeback and tied the score at 44-all going in to the 4th quarter. After fighting through the fourth quarter, the Horses finally got ahead and ended the night with a score of 65-59.
Leading the stats for Clinton’s varsity girls basketball team were Mikayla Boykin with 29 points and 8 rebounds; Kristen Glasper with 19 points and 8 rebounds; and Brielle Mitchell with 8 points, 3 rebounds; DeAsia Edwards, 4 points and 2 rebounds; Zoey Harris, 5 points; Jasmine Fryar, 4 rebounds; and Ashley Dixon, 1 rebound.
For the Lady Leopards, Justina Henry scored 14 with 8 rebounds; Briane Evans, 8 points, 4 rebounds; Rashyda Parker, 12 and 6; Kiara Rich, 9 and 5; Jada Moore, 6 and 5; and Chanel McLellon, 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Up next, the Varsity Mens basketball team took the court. It was back and forth on both ends of the court with the teams matching basket for basket. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 10-9.
Clinton pulled ahead in the second quarter and ended the half ahead by only 6 points, 31-25.
The Leopards were never able to gain ground in the second half. Clinton won 72-57.
Leading all scorers was Lakewood’s Michael Smith with 17 points. Willie Herring had 10 points, and Michael Graham scored 13 points.
For Clinton, James Evans scored 16 points; Jaquan McClean, 15 points, Jalen Banks with 14 points, Thaxter Spruill with 8 points, Michael Boykin with 6 points, Josiah Pope and Jaalen Best with 4 points, Osharmaine Jones with 3 points, and Kenjuan Morrison with 2 points.
Lakewood will host Spring Creek next Tuesday and Clinton will host the Pender Patriots.