The three game winning streak of the Clinton Lady Dragons was snapped by visiting Heritage last Tuesday evening.
The final score was 52-44.
The Lady Mountaineers eased into a 13-10 first quarter lead and extended it to 25-16 at halftime as the Lady Dragons struggled to score in the second quarter.
The Clinton offense started to click a little better in the third quarter as they knocked a point off the Heritage lead at 36-28.
The Lady Dragons had their biggest quarter offensively in the fourth quarter but unfortunately for them so did Heritage. Both teams scored 16 points in the final quarter and the Lady Mountaineers held on for the win.
“We didn’t come to play in the first half. We had too many turnovers. We wanted to turn it on in the second half but Heritage hit a few threes and a few free throws in the fourth quarter,” said Alicia Phillips, head coach of the Lady Dragons.
Nikki Jones led Clinton with 15 points while Amaya Whitt scored 14 in her return from an injury.
HHS 13 12 11 16 52
CHS 10 6 12 16 44
Heritage — Kaziah Clifton (11), Abby Moore (9), Aaliyah Varnarda (8), Jenna Brackett (6), Katlin Burger (6), Kirsten Potenza (4), Lexi Patty (3), Emma Harig (2), Kayla Romines (2), Sara Swafford (1)
CHS — Nikki Jones (15), Amaya Whitt (14), Kinley Martin (7), Danyel Joy (6), Cierra Bunch (2)
The Lady Dragons rolled to a 58-32 win over visiting Gibbs on Friday night.
Whitt scored the first two buckets for Clinton and Jones added a 3-pointer as Ally Evans and Abby Szabo scored in the paint to propel the Lady Dragons to a 17-7 first quarter lead.
The Clinton defense forced multiple turnovers and took advantage as Danyel Joy scored on four layups in helping the Lady Dragons to a 37-15 lead at the half.
Scoring slowed for Clinton as Phillips substituted freely in the third quarter but they still held the Lady Eagles to just eight points.
Phillips emptied the bench in the fourth quarter and the Lady Dragons outscored Gibbs 14-9 down the stretch.
“We pushed tempo like we wanted to. We ran the floor like we wanted to and the defensive pressure was there. We played quarters and that’s something we’ve been trying to work on in practice,” Phillips said.
Joy led Clinton with 13 points while Whitt and Jones each posted 12 points.
The Lady Dragons return to action on Friday when they visit Oak Ridge. On Tuesday, they host Campbell County.
Tip-off for each game is 6 p.m.
Gibbs 7 8 8 9 32
CHS 17 20 7 14 58
Gibbs — Sierra Huckabee (9), Kaleigh Calloway (6), Jade Mullins (5), Kaeleyn Jaros (4), Ashley Thomas (3), Sophie Jeffers (2), Araeja McMillian (2), Argelina Brown (2)
CHS — Danyel Joy (13), Amaya Whitt (12), Nikki Jones (12), Abby Szabo (7), Ally Evans (6), Alayjah Whitt (3), Maddie White (2)