Multiple Teams · Gophers Strong in Scrimmage

By Anthony Vence

The Clinton Prairie Gophers looked dominant as they hosted the Southmont Mounties for a scrimmage Saturday.The scrimmage was split up into four quarters with a running clock and no free throws until the final minute of each quarter, which included stoppages and free throws. The score was reset after each quarter.

The teams played man defense in the first quarter, zone in the second and press in the third. The final quarter was played like a normal game.

In the first quarter, Gophers’ center Madison Douglass missed a layup after being contacted, but turned around and stole the ball from the Mounties’ player for a bucket and a 6-2 Gophers lead.

The Gophers went on to win the first quarter 12-7.

Clinton Prairie’s defensive play picked up in the second quarter and remained stout for the remainder of the game.

Gophers’ forward Cheyenne Grissom blocked a Mounties’ layup that would’ve tied the score early in the second quarter. She then scored after guard Mattyson Robison corralled a rebound and passed her the ball.

Southmont scored off a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in the second quarter, but Clinton Prairie answered as guard Kayla Person nailed a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Gophers won the second quarter 14-7.

Clinton Prairie’s 3-point shooting and strong defensive play led to a decisive 13-2 win in the third quarter.

Robinson hit two consecutive 3-pointers and guard McKinsey Martin nailed one to start the third quarter on a 9-0 run.

Southmont’s only points in the third quarter came off free throws.

The Gophers shutout the Mounties in the final quarter, winning 8-0.

“Defensively, I thought we did a pretty decent job of keep them out of the lane,” Gophers’ head coach Jason Haid said. “I’ve got quite a few girls back from last year, so they’re starting to see things, the game’s starting to slow down defensively, and they’re seeing passing lanes that are open and they’re taking them away.”

Haid said defensive rebounding played an important role in the scrimmage.

“We have to give credit to our rebounding,” he said. “We’re only giving them one chance most times down there.”

Haid said his one concern from the scrimmage was his team’s foul problems.

“We’ve got to stay out of foul trouble,” he said. “We had two girls that if it was a real game probably would’ve been fouled out.”

Clinton Prairie will travel to Harrison Friday for its first regular season game. The Gophers narrowly escaped victorious last time the two teams met.

“We have to maintain a consistent effort throughout the game,” Haid said of the Harrison game. “Both teams are going to be ready to play.”