Midway’s JV girls went into the Dark Horse gym with one goal in mind — defeat their 2A opponents. It was that determination, coach Allan McLamb said after the game, that gave the JV Raiders the 45-43 win.
“It was good basketball from start to finish,” an elated McLamb said. “They really looked good out there. You know, I can coach a little, but you can’t coach the ‘want to,’ and these girls wanted to win really badly and they made it happen.”
Clinton’s JV girls lead for most of the game, putting up a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and going into the half ahead 27-20.
But Midway would not go away, continuing to pound away at the home-playing Lady Horses and chipping away at their lead.
By the third quarter, Clinton was up only 33-28, and by game’s end, Midway had found the edge they needed to close in and go ahead of the Dark Horse girls.
“We shot better tonight,” McLamb said of a team that one week ago was still looking for its shooting hands.
But it was his defense that, he noted, made the difference. “Good defense leads to good shot opportunities, and that’s what happened.
The Raider girls were also good at the charity stripe Monday, making 16 of their 28 attempts.
“We were doing a far better job from the foul line Monday, too. That also made a difference.”
Leading the way for the Raiders were Taylor Faircloth with 12 points; Savannah Bullins, 12; Brianna Butler, 9; Chakerria Rhodes, 5; Savannah Spell, 5; and Kelsey Pondo, 5.
Clinton’s statistics were not available by press time.