FARMERSBURG -- Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Tri-West, the Cloverdale High School boys' basketball team bounced back with a big, 53-43 win over North Central Tuesday.
"With the schedule that we've played, I'm happy with the way we played," CHS Coach Pat Rady said. "We didn't look the sharpest, but we have some kids battling some sicknesses, but we won. It might have been an ugly win, but sometimes you get those."
The Clovers' exhaustion showed in the first quarter the Thunderbirds. North Central took control of the game, outscoring the Clovers, 14-13, but that would be the only time the T-Birds would lead game.
Cloverdale came out in the second quarter and started hitting shots. Kyle McCammon led the Clovers' offense in the second period, scoring six of the Clovers 16 points. At halftime, Cloverdale sat on top of a comfortable 29-16 lead.
Cloverdale might have roughed up the Thunderbirds in the second period, but it wasn't over yet.
The Clovers came out in the third quarter and did it again, with was Chase Haltom stealing the show. Haltom who was one of the players that was battling an illness came through for his team scoring six of the Clovers 10 third quarter points.
"I think we're getting more balanced with our scoring," Rady said. "More players are getting more scoring chances. Were also a young team that is still developing a personality."
The Clovers defense, that limited the Thunderbirds to only six points in the last two quarters, finally slipped in the fourth quarter, allowing North Central to score 23 points, but it didn't matter. With its defense limiting the Thunderbirds to two points in the second quarter and four in the third quarter, and the offense lighting up the scoreboard with 26 combined points in those two quarters, the Clovers coasted to their sixth win of the season.
Cloverdale accomplished this win with no three-point baskets, which is one of Cloverdale's strengths. The Clovers went 0-for-8 from three-point land Tuesday and Rady couldn't believe it.
"If you would have told me that we wouldn't make one three-point basket in this game, I wouldn't have believed you, especially with that being one of our strengths," Rady said. "We had a lot of good looks. We just couldn't get anything to drop in."
The Clovers are now 6-2 on the season and have long vacation before they jump back into action on Jan. 13 when they take on West Central Conference foe Cascade.
It was Haltom and McCammon that led the Clovers Tuesday. Haltom finished with 19 points while McCammom gathered up 16 points for his team. Michael Neese, Eli Trinkle and Luke Lovins all had four points for the night while Craig Blair had three points. Christian Cheatham had two points and Tyler Cooper chipped in one point.
In junior varsity action, Cloverdale defeated the Thunderbirds 42-45.
At North Central
North Central 14 2 4 23 - 43
Cloverdale 13 16 10 14 - 53
CL -- Nease 1 2-2 4, Blair 1 1-3 3, Haltom 9 1-2 19, Cheatham 1 0-1 2, Trinkle 2 0-0 4, McCammon 6 4-4 16, Lovins 2 0-0 4. Totals -- FG 22-50, FT 8-12, TP 53
NC -- Austin 1 0-0 2, Swank 3 0-0 8, Gilman 4 4-4 14, Metheny 0 2-2 2, Woodsmall 4 1-4 9, Woodard 3 0-2 8.Totals - FG -15-49, FT - 7-12, TP 43
3pt - NC 3 (Swank 2). Rebounds - CL 28 (Dean 5), NC 15 (Woodward 7). Assists - CL 5 (McCammon 4). Blocks - CL 1 (Lovins). Steals - CL 11 ( McCammon 5), NC 3 (Woodard 3 ).
JV -- Cloverdale defeated the Thunderbirds 42-45.
Next Game - Cloverdale is back in action on Jan. 13, when it takes on Cascade.