No. 4 Patriots start hot against Tigers
The Clarkson/Leigh girls basketball team used a hot first and third quarter to overcome multiple turnovers and defeat East Butler on Jan. 10 at home.
Kaegan Held and Hannah Kasik scored 13 points in the first half, which helped the Tigers take a 18-4 lead after the first quarter.
“We did enough to win,” said head coach Matt Muren after the game. “We came out that first part and looked pretty sharp. Unfortunately we kind of had a turnover bug tonight. We dribbled off our foot a few times and just some different things that we don’t normally have. Overall I’m glad we got it done.”
East Butler attempted to climb out of the hole in the second quarter, outscoring Clarkson/Leigh 8-4, but the No. 4 team in C-2 put in an end to the comeback attempt in the beginning of the second half.
“We weren’t turning the ball over,” Held said after the game about the beginning of the game. “In the second quarter we turned the ball over a lot. We handled the ball a lot better in the first quarter.”
The Patriots scored the first 10 points of the third quarter beginning with Alissa Kasik knocking down a free throw 30 second into the half.
Held, Halee Steffensmeier, Kasik add Kim Stodola all contributed to the early run.
After the 10-0 run, the Patriots led the Tigers 32-12 with three minutes left in the third.
East Butler responded with a six-point run of its own, but Bailey Lemburg stopped the run with a layup in the final two minutes. Kasik and Kayden Schumacher added four points to stretch the lead to 38-19 entering the final quarter.
“I think our team is just really good at defense,” Held said. “That’s what we’re known for when other teams look at us. We have the ability to stop a lot of teams.”
Neither team produced much offense in the final eight minutes. Schumacher, Kasik, Kim Stodola and Kennedy Settje all added to the scoring column in a quarter that the Patriots outscored the Tigers 8-5.
Kasik led the Patriots in points with 14.
The next game for Clarkson/Leigh is Friday at 3:30 on the road against Tekamah-Herman.
“We have to continue to improve offensively,” Murren said. “Defensively we do some very nice things. Shots will fall, they’ll start to fall.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net