Clinton hosted East Bladen Saturday for one of the many games they have to make up due to inclement weather. They took away 3 victories, as the JV boys squad won easily, the varsity girls won 51-47, and the varsity boys won 63-59.
The varsity girls at Clinton defeat the Lady Eagles, giving them their first loss of the year. East Bladen was previously undefeated and ranked 3rd in the state.
Clinton trailed by 1 at halftime, as East Bladen led 22-21. Clinton outscored East Bladen by 5 in the second half to win the game and force a tie atop the conference standings.
Leading scoreres for Clinton were Kristen Glasper with 20 points, Mikayla Boykin with 16, and Brielle Mitchell with 13.
Coach Chris Owens was very pleased that his team played so well coming off of a week with no school or practice due to the snowy weather. “It was huge to force the tie for first place in the conference and to beat the number 3 team in the state. We feel like we had them beat at their place and just gave it away. No disrespect to East Bladen however, they are a great team and they are very well-coached. We are very happy to come away with the win today” finished Owens.
The Clinton varsity boys won a game that also got them into a tie for first in the Four-County Conference as well, as they knocked off an East Bladen team who had won 4 games in a row. Clinton took a 35-27 lead into the locker room at halftime, but allowed East Bladen to take a 46-45 lead entering the final quarter. “Michael Boykin, JP Evans, OJ Jones, and Jaylen Banks played great in the fourth quarter” said Clinton’s head coach Randy Jordan. They were able to overpower the Eagles, and squeak out the 63-59 win.
Michael Boykin led Clinton with 16 points, JP Evans and OJ Jones each added 11 for the Dark Horses.
“It’s a big win for us” opened Jordan. “It gets us into a tie for first place in the conference, and I’m so proud of the way we played hard all night. We haven’t played since the MLK Jam, which was twelve days ago. Due to this weather, we have to play 8 games in 14 days, which is like an NBA schedule. It won’t be easy to do, but we’re tough enough to compete down the stretch and I’m looking forward to it” finished the head coach.
Clinton continues its hectic schedule Monday at home against Wallace-Rose Hill. It will be no easy task for Clinton to play so many games on such short rest, but these are high school student-athletes. If anyone is capable, they surely are.