CLOVERDALE -- "It was just one of those games where we just plugged away," stated Cloverdale Head Coach Bruce Cook after his ballclub soundly defeated visting Riverton Parke Tuesday evening 51-29.
After an impressive run to open the contest, the Clovers relaxed a bit, allowing the Panthers to close to 11-10 early in the second quarter. Cloverdale, however, finished the opening half on an 12-0 run, putting the ballgame out of reach.
The Clovers continued their dominance in the third quarter, outscoring Riverton Parke 17-7 to take a 40-17 lead entering the final stanza.
The fourth quarter saw the Clovers utilizing dribble penetration and drawing fouls, effectively limiting the Panthers ability to D-up as Riverton's Amy Wheeler and Makenzie Haltom both fouled out. Cloverdale onceagain struggled at the line, converting on only 8-17 attempts, but on this night, it was not a factor in the outcome.
Cook was quick to point out that Ashley Koosman was key to his team's performance: "Ashley's put together three good games in a row for us, and she stepped in for Kristen (Schroer) tonight in a new position and did a nice job for us." Schroer was sidelined in the county tournament with a broken ankle. Cook stated that Schroer had successful surgery on the injured ankle, which included the insertion of stabilizing pins. Her return for the 2007-2008 campaign is doubtful.
Cloverdale was able to utilize much of its bench in the fourth quarter, and was outscored by Riverton Parke 12-11 for the final tally of 51-23. The Clovers were led by Koosman's 14 points. Kristin McCammon finished with 13. The Panthers were paced by Chelsy Riggens' 14, which included going 8-15 from the stripe.
Cook was clearly already preparing for his upcoming schedule at the game's conclusion: "We're going to get to work on Eminence and Greencastle; they're both dangerous ballclubs."
Cloverdale also claimed the JV contest, coming out on top 29-12. The Clovers' leading scorer was Breegan andersen, who netted 12 points.
Riverton Parke 4 6 7 12 -- 29
Cloverdale 10 13 17 11 -- 51
Riverton Parke -- Riggen 14, Edington 4, Mathas 4, Byers 3, Gosset 2, Wheeler 2
Cloverdale -- Koosman 14, McCammon 13, Cheatham 7, Skiles 6, Franklin 5, Haltom 4, Langdon 2
Next game -- The Clovers (4-2, 0-0 WCC) host Eminence at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.