Clarkson/Leigh girls cruise past David City

December 20, 2018

The Clarkson/Leigh girls basketball team improved to 4-1 on Dec. 11 after defeating David City 64-23 with three double-digit scorers for the Patriots. The win was just the the second game Clarkson/Leigh has played against an unranked opponent.

The Patriots shot 40 percent from the floor.

“The kids did a really nice job,” said head coach Matt Murren after the game. “We talked about being mentally locked in defensively and being ready to rock. They came and did a good job of executing our game plan of trying to pressure full court and trying to speed them up a little bit. We did a good job of that.”

Hannah Kasik scored 19 points to lead the Patriots. She’s been the leading scorer on the team averaging 12.8 points per game.

David City is 0-3 on the season but has lost to No. 9 Centennial and teams listed as contenders in the rankings put together by the Lincoln Journal Star - Clarkson/Leigh and Fillmore Central.

Clarkson/Leigh held David City to shooting 27 percent including 0 from 7 from 3-point range.

The Scouts also only made 45 percent of their free throws.

The Patriots forced 37 turnovers during the contest, recording 24 steals among that total.

Despite the slow start for the Scouts, Murren said his team wasn’t going to look past them.

“David City is a well-coached team,” Murren said. “Nathan (Wall) does a good job with them there. They’re young. They’re a team with a lot of potential. We told the team coming in that they’ve got a lot of ability. There’s no time to sleep on anybody. We’ve got to be prepared for every game. We have to make sure we’re ready to go with it.”

Kaegan Held tallied 15 points and Cassidy Hoffman added 10.

Clarkson/Leigh won the battle on the glass 39-15.

“We just have to keep working,” Murren said. It’s early in the season. We’re continuing to work our transition game, it’s starting to get there. We’re working our press stuff. We just have to continue to work offensively and try to find different spots in the zone and different spots in the man, parts that are weak for the other team.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHpsorts@lee.net

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