It was a close game in girls basketball at Clinton High on Wednesday when the junior varsity and the varsity hosted 4A Ashley High School of Wilmington.
The Lady Dark Horse varsity team won 49-48 in overtime for a huge victory for the team.
“I knew this would be a big test for us. They (Ashley) are a big team, at least 2 inches taller than us at every position. We had to play a good, slow-paced game,” Clinton head coach Chris Owens explained.
“Both teams had some bad shooting in the first half, but we both played good defense, too. I think we did really good rebounding. Our girls just played tough,” Coach Owens continued.
In the first quarter, Clinton was held to just 3 points, but Ashley only put up 8. By halftime, the score was 8-14, which emphasized the good defense played by both teams. A few adjustments were made at halftime by the Horses and they came back in the third quarter and scored 13 points to Ashley’s 6, which put the score at 21 to 20. By the end of regulation, both teams were tied at 39-all.
The Horses managed to gain a one-point lead for the win in overtime. This moved their record to 10-2 overall.
“Playing this team was to prepare us for our conference competition. I feel really good about the way we played tonight,” Coach Owens added.
Leading the scoring was Mikayla Boykin with 23 points; Jasmine Fryer and DeAsia Edwards each put in 10 points; Kristen Glasper, 4; and Ashley Dixon, 2 points.
In the Lady JV game, the Dark Horses weren’t able to hold off the bigger Ashley team. They fell short, 42-47.
By quarters, the score was 4-6; 18-20; 25-30; 42-47.
Leading the scoring was Kiera Mabry with 18 points; Alaina Capps, 8 points; Charica Joyner, 5; Brittany Simmons, 4; Chelsea Underwood, 3; Jamie Jones, 2; and Gecobia Wilson, 2 points.
Head coach Regina Parker was pleased with the team’s play, but they just couldn’t get those few extra points to take the lead.
“We played hard, but we got out-hustled in the second half,” Coach Parker said.
The Clinton teams will host West Bladen on Friday night.