Clinton High’s basketball program pulled off the same feat Friday night it had achieved a week earlier on the road.
The Red Devils swept the varsity games against their county rival, Laurens, winning 48-29 in the girls’ game and 45-42 in the boys.’
Led by Taliek Fuller with 15 points, and Wil Stewart and Tylon Scurry, each with 10, Clinton survived a wild 4th quarter to hold off Laurens 45-42 and sweep the season boys’ basketball series with its county rival on Friday night at the CHS gym.
Isaiah Burnside led the Raiders with 11 points and Joshua Cureton added 10.
Neither team scored more than 11 points in any of the 1st three quarters, but Clinton (4-1) carved its margin of victory by outscoring Laurens (1-7) 20-17 in the final 8-minute period.
The CHS gym was raucous and the Devil majority may have had an effect.
The Clinton boys of Eddie Romines fell at Mid-Carolina the night before and came back, though not without a struggle from Tommy Spires’ Raiders.
“Both teams, in the first half, struggled shooting,” Romines said.
Austin Copeland scored all 9 of his points in the 4th quarter, most notably by sinking 5 free throws in as many attempts.
The only other Devil scorer was Tae Speaks with a single free throw.
The Raiders got 9 from Vantavious Butler, 5 from Tyquavis Johnson, 3 from Devon Redd, 2 by Mason Aiken and 1 apiece by Preston Mahon and Blake Nelson.
"Both teams played hard and it was tied going into the 4th quarter," Romines said, "but we were able to go on a run and take a sizeable lead.
"Give Laurens credit. They fought back, but we were able to get the win and secure the county championship in basketball."
John Gardner’s girls took a loss the night before at Mid-Carolina, as well, but rebounded nicely after only leading Aianna Kelly’s Raiders by a halftime score of 20-13.
In the 2nd half, everything changed. Clinton (5-2) outscored Laurens (1-4) by a margin of 28-16.
Tinique Austin came up big for the Red Devils, dropping 19 points on the Raiders. Taneal Evans added 9, Ra'Daija Mars and Payton Price-Walker 7 each, and Dana Kinard and Taylor Nelson, each with 2.
Raniya Jackson paced the Raiders with 9 points, followed by Faith Jackson and Zoe Young-Dial with 6 each, Ca'Dhayzia Grant with 5 and Angel Johnson with 3.