Clinton’s Lady Dark Horse basketball team opened their 2015-16 campaign with a home game against the Lady Tigers of James Kenan on Tuesday night. The early season non-conference tilt featured two teams that wanted to push the tempo with both relying on high pressure defenses. It became evident early that the Lady Horses were too athletic and too deep for the Lady Tigers to keep up with. Clinton ran away from the Tigers early, routing the visitors in their season opening 70-25 win.
Clinton tore out of the gate, with senior Brielle Mitchell combining with underclassman Alex Canady for 15 points first quarter points, helping to pace the Lady Horses to a 25-6 first quarter lead. The home team kept their foot on the gas in the second frame, scoring 25 more points while their relentless full court press limited the Lady Tigers to just 9 points. Clinton held a 50-15 halftime lead and any hopes the Lady Tigers had of an opening night win were put to bed early.
Clinton went deep down the bench early in the second half getting every player on the roster in the game. The Lady Tigers came out strong, scoring the first six points of the second half but the Lady Horses settled down and continued their dominance. Clinton extended the lead to 60-21 by the end of the third quarter and closed out the Lady Tigers by the final margin of 70-25 to get the win.
The Dark Horses were led by Brielle Mitchell with 16 points, Kiera Maby added 14, Alex Canady posted 13, and Zoey Harris chipped in 8 points.
After the game Clinton head coach Chris Owens was pleased with his team’s opening night performance, saying “I’m really happy with the way the girls played tonight. We scrimmaged on Saturday and I was afraid our legs might be a little dead, but we came out and set the tone which is what we have concentrated on in practice so far. Our press was working pretty good for us and we were able to play up tempo. This is a good way to start the season with a solid win.”