Redskins drill Summerfield

Clinton’s varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Summerfield 66-46 during Parents Night, Thursday, Feb. 10. The Redskins treated their parents to a well-played game where they jumped out to an 18-4 first quarter lead. Summerfield had a better outing in the second quarter but was still outscored 20-14.Clinton lost the scoring battle in the third quarter with Summerfield recording 12 points to the ‘Skins’ nine. The Redskins finished the contest, adding three more points to its lead (19-16).Haley Mercy was hot from the three-point line, sinking four of five attempts and scoring 17 points. She also led in assists with seven.Joelle Groeb scored 13 points for Clinton while Hannah Payne chipped in 12 points, six assists and eight boards. Abi Clark popped in 10 points and led Clinton in steals with four. Brooke Scheffler had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.Clinton now stands at 12-4 overall and 9-3 in the Tri-County Conference.In its previous contest at Morenci on Tuesday, Feb. 8, Clinton won 62-40. After a dismal first half shooting performance (7-of-27, 26%), Clinton scorched the nets for a 63 percent shooting average to open the second half, taking control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 23-7.Payne scored eight points for Clinton in the quarter while Mercy added seven. Scheffler chipped in six points during the third quarter rally. The Redskins’ dominance continued throughout the fourth quarter to secure the win.Payne was just two steals shy of a triple-double as she scored 17 points, pulled down 12 boards, and snatched eight steals. Mercy popped in 13 points with a 6-for-6 performance at the line, and also dished out five assists. Scheffler finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Nine out of eleven Clinton players scored in the contest."We played an excellent second half of basketball,” said Clinton coach Bart Bartels. “We met our goals of out rebounding Morenci and holding them to 40 points or less. We want to improve with each practice and game to be at our best when tournament time rolls around."

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