DUGGER -- When the outside shot failed for the Cloverdale girls' basketball squad Thursday, their inside presence took over and the team turned up the defensive pressure.
Elizabeth Cheatham scored 21 points inside as the Clovers (1-1, 0-0 WCC) defeated Union (Dugger) 41-32.
"We struggled with the three tonight," Clover coach Bruce Cook said. "That's why Elizabeth Cheatham got the big numbers she did tonight."
After leading the Clovers in scoring in Tuesday's opener, Kristin McCammon did not take a shot Thursday. Her contribution came at the other end.
"Kristin McCammon didn't score for us, but did a great defensive job for us," Cook said. "That was the turning point."
Senior Kristen Schroer made her impact at both ends of the floor, playing good defense and scoring 11 points.
"Schroer had a very nice all-around game for us," Cook said.
A low-scoring game throughout, the trailed 11-7 after one quarter, but held the Bulldogs to four points in each of the next two quarters. The coach was simply pleased with the season's first win.
"It was one of those games that wasn't too pretty but it's a lot easier riding home after a win," Cook concluded.
Cloverdale hosts Owen Valley at 7:30 p.m. Monday in its home-opener.
At Union (Dugger)
Cloverdale 7 11 10 13 -- 41
Union (Dugger)11 4 4 13 -- 32
Cloverdale -- Cheatham 9-15 3-6 21, Schroer 3-10 5-7 11, Haltom 2-2 0-0 4, Koosman 1-7 2-6 4, Shepherd 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 15-36 11-21 41.