C/L boys win 2 straight
Freshman Jarred Novotny scored a school record 42 points and the Clarkson/Leigh boys made a fourth-quarter comeback and won in overtime 78-72 over East Butler on Feb. 8.
East Butler junior Jaden Rhynalds scored 32 points, but Clarkson/Leigh sophomore Tommy McEvoy added 14 and senior Daniel Beller recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s been great to pick up a few wins this past week,” said Clarkson/Leigh head coach Jeff Bachman in comments sent to the Sun. “Things seem to be clicking for our young guys right now. We are playing well together, getting great contributions from a lot of guys and having fun doing it.
“In the East Butler game, our guys showed tremendous heart and a refuse-to-lose attitude. We had some guys step up and make huge plays to help us secure a great team win against a solid East Butler team.
“Our focus down the stretch is to become more efficient on offense, have fewer turnovers, create high quality shots and get better at communicating on defense.”
Clarkson/Leigh fell behind early and trailed 16-12 after the first quarter. The next eight minutes belonged to the Patriots though, who closed the gap to 31-30 headed into halftime.
The Tigers started off the second half strong with a 13-7 run to take a 44-37 lead.
Clarkson/Leigh found a way to get back into the game and tied the game by the end of the fourth. The Patriots outscored the Tigers 13-7 in overtime to win the game.
Jan. 7 - Clarkson/Leigh 55, Stanton 48: Clarkson/Leigh was down five points entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Stanton 25-13 in the final eight minutes.
McEvoy led the Patriots with 17 points, and Jarred Novotny scored 15.
Feb. 5 - Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 55, Clarkson/Leigh 54: Jarred Novotny started his stellar week with a 31-point performance during a losing effort for the Patriots.
Clarkson/Leigh had a one-point lead after the first quarter but trailed by one after the second.
LV/SS then outscored Clarkson/Leigh 16-8 in the third, and despite a 22-14 fourth quarter, there wasn’t enough time for the Patriots to get back into the game.
McEvoy scored 11 points.
Feb. 7 - No. 10 Clarkson/Leigh 31, Stanton 27: The Patriots were held scoreless in the first quarter, but managed to climb back into the game and win after outscoring the Mustangs 13-6 in the fourth.
Hannah Kasik led the Patriots with 12 points. Clarkson/Leigh improved to 19-3 on the season.
Feb. 5 - No. 10 Clarkson/Leigh 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 28: The Patriots raced out to an early lead and never looked back. After eight minutes Clarkson/Leigh led LVSS 21-2.
Ashlynn Novotny led Clarkson/Leigh with 13 points.
Clarkson/Leigh now awaits the winner of Norfolk Catholic and Madison in sub-district playoffs.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net