BY ANTHONY VENCE firstname.lastname@example.org
A late third quarter rally propelled Clinton Prairie to a 49-30 road victory over county and conference rival Rossville Tuesday night.
Clinton Prairie junior guard Kayla Pearson hit a 3-pointer with one minute remaining in the third quarter to give the Gophers a 34-28 lead. The Gophers then turned two consecutive Hornet turnovers into points and sophomore guard Makayla Franks blocked a Hornet 3-point attempt to give Clinton Prairie a 10-point lead going into the final quarter.
“We switched defenses on them here and there, and I think it kind of got to them during the third quarter, and we were able to get some steals, able to get some tip outs” Gophers’ head coach Jason Haid said. “We were finishing shots. Saturday night we were getting layups and missing them. Tonight we were finishing those easy buckets.”
Rossville head coach Mike Gick said Clinton Prairie’s play to end the third quarter was the deciding factor in the game.
“They had a really excellent 45 seconds,” he said. “That little span was the difference in the ball game in my opinion.”
Rossville held a narrow one-point lead in the first quarter until senior wing Danielle Memmer hit a deep three at the buzzer to make it 11-7.
The two teams traded leads in the second quarter. Gophers’ s junior center Madison Douglass hit a hook shot down low for the lead, which was answered with a 3-pointer by Hornets’ senior wing Brooke Hughes.
The Gophers led 25-22 at halftime.
Clinton Prairie went on a 14-0 run that carried over from the third to the final quarter and made it 45-28 Gophers with two minutes remaining in the game.
Both teams’ centers led the offensive attack. Douglass had a team-high 20 points for the Gophers while sophomore Keely Criswell led the Hornets with 14 points.
Clinton Prairie is now 2-2 while Rossville drops to 2-3. Both teams will be on the road for their next game as Rossville travels to West Lafayette Monday and Clinton Prairie takes on Carroll Tuesday.