The Cloverdale girls' varsity basketball team got its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Dugger Union 47-42.
The Clovers move to 1-1 on the season, after falling to Tri-West on Tuesday.
Leading the way for Cloverdale, sophomore Ashley Koosman had her breakout game in a Clovers' uniform, scoring a game-high 19 points in the contest. Hannah Monnett scored nine points, while containing Union's star player Stacy Secrest on defense.
"We had good night from Koosman point wise," Cloverdale coach Bruce Cook said. "Monnett really played well defensively. She was on Secrest all night, and held Secrest to 15. We were pretty happy with that."
The Clovers jumped out to an early 13-4 lead in the first quarter, but went cold early in the second. A Cloverdale scoring drought in the first four minutes of the second period knotted the game at 13. The Clovers went into halftime leading 19-17.
However, in the third quarter, Cloverdale got things rolling again, scoring 16 points in the period. The Clovers went into the fourth period with a 35-28 lead.
The fourth quarter saw the Rockets inch closer, outscoring the Clovers 14-12. Things got heated until a Monnett three-point bucket blew the game open, propelling Cloverdale to victory. Cook had nothing but praise for Monnett's performance on both ends of the court.
"She works hard," he said. "We emphasize so much on the defensive end. I feel that it takes away from her offense."
Along with Monnett, Cook also was particularly impressed with Koosman and point guard Chelsie Haltom. The Clovers gave up an early lead, went on runs, and gave up runs again, but they never gave up in the game, Cook said.
"Right now, we're riding Haltom and Koosman," he said. "They've got this mentality that they just hate to lose. And Monnett is in that same boat. That's new for us. We haven't had that instinct for a while. It really brings a new dimension to our team."
In junior varsity action, the Clovers defeated the Rockets, 41-23. Cloverdale was led in scoring by Ally Franklin with 12 points. Samantha Gordon had a solid defensive performance, while contributing five assists on offense.
The Clovers host Owen Valley on Monday, with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m.
Cloverdale 13 6 16 12 -- 47
Union 4 13 11 14 -- 42
Cloverdale -- Koosman 6 4-4 19, Monnett 3 1-4 9, Schroer 2 2-3 6, Haltom 1 3-4 5, Moon 2 0-1 4. Totals 16 FG, 10-17 FT, 47 TP.
Union -- Secrest 3 9-16 15, Lovelace 3 2-4 10, Manuel 3 0-3 6, Pirtle 2 1-2 5, Hathaway 1 0-0 2, Gambill 1 0-1 2, Howard 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 FG, 14-28 FT, 42 TP.
3-pt. FG -- Cloverdale 5 (Koosman 3), Union 2 (Lovelace 2).
Next game -- The Clovers host Owen Valley Monday, with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m.