Redskins lose homecoming game against Morenci


Sara Allen was crowned Clinton High School’s winter homecoming queen while Joe Spence was selected as king. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

The crowning of Clinton High School’s winter homecoming king and queen was the highlight of the night for the Redskins on Friday, Feb. 12, as the visiting Morenci Bulldogs won the varsity boys basketball game 58-40.
The loss put the Redskins (8-7 overall, 8-3 TCC)  in a two-way tie for second place in the Tri-County Conference behind Madison.
Clinton head coach Mike Ruhl was disappointed with the way his team performed in the homecoming game but liked the fight his boys gave in the third quarter.
“We needed this one. Having won five out of six, we felt ready to get it done, but with their hot shooting, our lack of defensive awareness and our offensive struggles, cold shooting, it wasn't meant to be,” said Ruhl. “I loved the fight we showed in the third quarter after they looked ready to take the game over, but a huge four point play by Morenci shifted momentum back to them. It was momentum that they kept the rest of the way.”
The Redskins led 9-7 with 2:37 left in the opening quarter but Morenci closed the period leading by three points at 12-9.
Clinton jumped ahead again in the second quarter with a one point, 13-12, lead but the Bulldogs’ tagged a three-pointer to take the lead back. Clinton again gained a one point, 19-18, lead with 3:01 remaining in the second quarter but Alex Thomas struck another three-pointer for Morenci to regain the lead (21-19) for the Bulldogs. 
Morenci hit yet another three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second quarter and closed the first half leading 27-24.
Momentum shifted in the second half with the Bulldogs quickly taking a 31-24 lead before Clinton coach Ruhl called a timeout to regroup. Morenci added five points to its lead in the third quarter and went into the final frame up 44-36.
Morenci added another bucket (46-36) before sending Clinton’s Danny Spence to the free throw line (6:44) where he hit two-of-two shots to keep the Bulldogs within eight points once again. 
The Bulldogs then went on another scoring run and took a 53-38 lead before Ruhl called another time out.
Clinton lost Kaden Kelly with 3:12 remaining in the game when the senior fouled out. With 2:51 left in the contest, Ruhl raised the white flag and replaced a majority of his starters.
Clinton would add just two more points in the final frame while the Bulldogs totaled 16 points to easily secure the win.
Jason Ahrens led the Redskins with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists. Clinton’s Spence finished with eight points; Noah Poore, seven points; Ryan Schanz, six points; Kelly and Joe Spence (5 rebounds), four points each and Clark Nelson, two points.
At Summerfield on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Clinton won 54-48.
Kelly led Clinton to the win with 22 points and five rebounds. Poore added nine points and six rebounds while Spence chipped in eight.
Clinton was scheduled to hosts Napoleon on Tuesday and travel to Whiteford on Friday.


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