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Second-quarter surge lifts Falls past Brook, 62-47

December 15, 2018

Because Clear Falls head coach Shannon Osborne can’t tell you who her leading scorer or rebounder will be each game, scouting is certainly a challenge for foes of the Lady Knights’ basketball team.

So when things start to go south for opponents, there’s no simple countermove.

The Lady Knights, using an 11-0 run midway through the second quarter, pulled away from pesky Clear Brook, to take a 62-47 win Friday night in a District 24-6A matchup in the Clear Brook gym.

The victory kept Clear Falls tied with Clear Creek for the top spot in the league standings.

“At any given moment in any game, any of our players can go off,” Osborne said. “We’re just super scrappy.

“We’re not a phenomenal outside shooting team, but we’re very determined. If they’re down by 20 or up by 20, they’re just excited about playing basketball.”

Coming off an emotional 42-41 win over Clear Springs in their district opener, the Lady Knights had their hands full with Clear Brook (4-9, 0-2) for the game’s opening 12 minutes.

The Lady Wolverines scored the game’s first five points and held a 17-15 advantage in the second quarter after two free throws from Hailey Henry.

Clear Falls (12-7, 2-0) then scored six straight points - four by post Josephine Adegbite - to take a 21-17 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

After Brook made it 21-19, the Lady Knights then took control with their 11-0 run to build a 32-19 bulge with just 1:48 left in the first half.

Igniting that flurry was junior guard Morgan McGaugh, who scored the first five points for a 26-19 edge. Lauryn Small then sank two free throws, and Destiny Mukelroy turned in a 3-point play for a 31-19 advantage.

Falls junior guard Niah Richard followed by sinking one of two free throws for the 13-point cushion. The Lady Knights eventually owned a 35-23 lead by halftime.

Clear Falls carried that momentum into the third quarter when it started the second half with a 10-2 run for a 45-25 advantage.

Adegbite, a 5-11 junior post, and Alexis Clayborne, a 5-11 sophomore post, each had four points in that spree as Falls built the cozy 20-point lead.

Clear Brook battled back to cut the advantage to 50-35 by the end of three quarters as guard Asia Calimeno scored five points and Nia Gilmore-James and Henry each contributed two points.

Although the Lady Wolverines could never threaten the lead thereafter, Brook did manage to trim the deficit to as few as nine points (50-41) with 5:31 left, only to see Falls respond with a 7-0 run to safely coast to the triumph.

“I just talked to the girls about being consistent,” Brook head coach Brandon Hudson said. “We started the game well, but then when we got the lead, we kind of relaxed.

“If we had played the entire game like we did the second half, we would have given ourselves a chance to win.”

The game was the first for Brook star freshman Alyssa Berry, who is recovering from a knee injury. She played sparingly, but can help the Lady Wolverines in the future.

“I look for Brook to get better and better now that (Berry) is suiting up,” Osborne said. “Clear Brook is so aggressive and very tough. They trap and cover, and that really rattled us early on.

“But I think they struggled with our press, also, which allowed us to get those runs. It’s always tough for us over here, and we were super-fortunate to come away with a win.”

Clear Falls will host Dickinson Tuesday while Clear Brook travels to play Clear Springs.

tdunnam@hcnonline.com

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