Huge turnaround victory for Clinton's girls

Clinton’s Sydney Amsdill and Whiteford’s Katlyn Taylor try to gain control of the basketball. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

CLINTON — The first and second half of Clinton’s varsity girls basketball game on Friday, Feb. 10, were completely different with the Redskins struggling against Whiteford in the first two periods of its senior night contest, but taking complete control in the third and fourth periods for a 70-51 Tri-County Conference (TCC) victory.
 
“Well folks, if ever there was a ‘tale of two halves’ this game was it. Whiteford came out and dictated the tempo and was pretty much able to do what they wanted to do the entire first half,” said Clinton coach Nito Ramos.
 
After closing the first period down by just three points (13-10), Clinton gave up 24 points while scoring 11 in the second quarter and closed the first half trailing 37-21.
 
In the third period, the Redskins hit the boards for 17 points while allowing the Bobcats just four points in the period to pull within three points (41-38) going into the fourth.
 
“I just told them if we lose, we had better lose with effort, but they took it a step further and exploded offensively, because they played outstanding defense in the second half,” said Ramos. “That is what I’m most proud about. The win is great, but their effort for one another to come out down sixteen points at the half and only be down three heading into the fourth quarter. That was the goal and then some. Cut the lead in half and then win in it in the fourth.
 
“I’m so proud of the team tonight and our four seniors, Nikole Hartung, Alexis Bruecker, Makayla Thompson and Alexia Rolland,” Ramos added.
 
Makayla Thompson (21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals) and Amanda Schaare (career high 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks) led the Redskins to the win. Adding points for Clinton were Hartung (career high 11 points), Bruecker (6 points, 9 rebounds), Rolland (5 points, 5 rebounds), Sydney Amsdill (4 points, four steals) and Mackenzie Amsdill (2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block).
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Clinton hosted Morenci and won 51-50.
 
Ramos said that Sydney Amsdill hit the game winning three-pointer with no time on the clock in the final period.
 
“Amazing win for us tonight, as the first time we played down at their place we were beaten quite handily by twenty points,” said Ramos. “But tonight with a lot of effort on the defensive end of the floor we did enough to pull out a big win for our club. We were leading and dominating pretty much the whole game, give Morenci credit for not quitting and fighting until the end. But the team kept fighting until the buzzer sounded.”
 
Clinton held a 16-13 lead by the end of the first period and closed the first half leading 29-19.
 
The Bulldogs outscored Clinton 12-7 in the third period and 19-15 in the fourth period.
 
Thompson (7 rebounds, 4 steals) finished with 16 points while Schaare (14 rebounds) added 12. Sydney Amsdill had seven points, Rolland (6 rebounds) and Bruecker (6 rebounds, 2 blocks) six points each and Mackenzie Amsdill four points.
 
Clinton (8-10, 7-6 TCC) played at Blissfield on Tuesday and lost 69-38. Thompson led the Redskins with 13 points, four rebounds and three steals. Schaare added eight points, six rebounds and two steals.
 
Clinton plays next at home on Thursday against Sand Creek.

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