Clinton could seldom get a shot to fall in Tuesday evening’s Region 3-3A girls’ basketball game against Broome.
No matter. If one team outrebounds another 55-25, it doesn’t have to shoot well, and in the Red Devils’ 35-25 victory, they didn’t.
Led by Tinique Austin with 13 points, as a team, Clinton (4-0, 2-0 region) hit 9 of 46 field-goal attempts (.196). Fortunately, the Red Devils also hit 16 of 25 free throws (.640).
“We shot free throws tonight,” Clinton head coach John Gardner said. “I’ll take that every night.
“We had a lot of close ones (shots) that would just not go in … but I felt like we controlled the game from start to finish. You’ve got to give Broome credit, though. Most of their games have been low-scoring, and they play extremely tough.”
The Red Devils pitched a 6-0 shutout in the first quarter and outscored the Centurions in every quarter but the last, which Broome won 4-3. Clinton led by as many as 13 points and Broome never got closer than six. Clinton’s edge narrowed to 19-13 with 5:59 to go in the third.
Broome (2-7, 0-1) hit one 3-pointer, as did Clinton. The Centurions scored three more field goals (12-9) and forced the Red Devils into five more turnovers (17-12). Broome shot .286 (12-42) from the floor and .667 (4-6) from the line.
Clinton’s monstrous edge on the boards led to Broome to committing five more fouls (16-11) and most occurred during the act of shooting, hence the Devils’ wide margin at the foul line.
Also scoring for Clinton were De’Shanti Watts with 9 points, Taneal Evans with 8, Anna Litzenberger with the lone 3-pointer, and Dana Kinard and Madison Swindler, each with 1.
Lacy Harris led the Centurions with 10 points. No one else scored more than 4.
“Any win in the region is a big one,” Gardner said. “We’ve got to make some of those around the rim. We go to Chapman Friday night, they’re playing well, and if we don’t make those shots, the game’s going to get out of hand.”
The Clinton boys, idle Tuesday because of a Broome COVID quarantine, are to be back for the Friday doubleheader in Inman.
The schools split the Monday junior varsity games with Jordan Hill’s 20 points leading the Red Devils past the Centurions, 42-20, and Broome winning the boys’ contest, 54-31, in spite of 7 points by Davante Cunningham and 6 by Jaden Hill.