Clover girls take down Vikings

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- It took a dominant second-half effort to do it, but the Cloverdale High School girls' basketball team snapped a two-game skid on the road at West Vigo Monday.

The Clovers (7-7) picked up a 45-37 victory over the Vikings, outscoring West Vigo 20-9 in the final two quarters.

"The third and fourth quarters really made the difference for us," Cloverdale coach Bruce Cook said. "We didn't play very well in the first half, and the girls came out in the second and really responded."

Early in Monday's game, though, a win for the Clovers didn't seem likely.

West Vigo opened the game with an 18-9 first-quarter lead and held that advantage through much of the second quarter.

But the Clovers managed a run late in the half, scoring six unanswered including a two-point bucket from Ashley Koosman that cut the Vikings advantage to three, 28-25, heading into the halftime break.

Cook said that Koosman's basket was what turned the tide for the Clovers.

"That was really big for us," Cook said.

Koosman finished with 15 points, scoring seven in the second quarter.

Hannah Monnett of the Clovers led all scorers with 18 points, putting in 10 points in the first half.

Monnett and Koosman were the only Clovers to score in double figures, but Cook said that CHS got plenty of contributions from its other players.

"Again, (Chelsie) Haltom handled the ball well and took care of things for us," Cook said. "(Heather) Moon and (Kristen) Schroer took care of things in the post for us on the defensive end. Those two really provide a presence for us underneath."

Haltom and Moon each finished with three points, while Schroer scored one point.

Cloverdale also took care of the ball Monday, committing just eight turnovers as a team.

Cook said that he is still concerned with the Clovers' tendency to settle for outside shots but felt that his team still got the job done against the Vikings.

"We were settling for the long shots, but we ended up with 10 two-pointers and four threes," Cook said. "I always feel that we need to be around 16 or 20 two's, but that might be stretching it some."

In junior varsity action, the Clovers picked up a 10-point win, 30-20, over the Vikings.

Cloverdale will be in action again Friday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Cascade.

At West Vigo

CLOVERDALE (45) -- Monnett 5 6-10 18, McCammon 1 0-0 3, Koosman 6 2-6 15, Haltom 0 3-7 3, Moon 1 1-3 3, Schroer 0 1-2 1, Cheatham 1 0-0 2. 14 FG 13-28 FT 45 TP.

WEST VIGO (37) -- Sulieman 0 0-0 0, Klotz 0 0-0 0, Piper 2 0-0 4, Preher 0 0-0 0, Bre. Marrs 0 0-0 0, Hunt 4 2-4 10, Br. Marrs 4 0-0 9, Donovas 0 0-0 0, Barton 3 2-2 8, Edmondson 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0, Umphries 0 0-0 0, Porter 2 2-7 6. 15 FG 6-13 FT 37 TP.

Cloverdale 9 16 10 10 -- 45

West Vigo 18 10 5 4 -- 37

3-pt FG -- Cloverdale 4 (Monnett 2, McCammon, Koosman), West Vigo (Bri. Marrs). Total fouls -- Cloverdale 14, West Vigo 20. Fouled out -- None.

JV -- Cloverdale won, 30-20

Next Game -- The Clovers (7-7) will be in action at home Friday against Cascade beginning at 6 p.m.

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