Cloverdale gets win with defense

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Angela Pieper (21) tries for a tough board in the final quarter of the Cloverdale win. Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

CLOVERDALE--At the end of a defensive battle, it took one more defensive stop for the Lady Clovers to pull out the win against Linton-Stockton's basketball team. Cloverdale stood strong took the win 28-26 at Cloverdale.

There was nothing about the first quarter to suggest that it would be a low-scoring game.

The Clovers hit a two threes early and the Miners fought back with a strong inside game. The first quarter ended with a 12-10 Linton-Stockton lead.

After that 12-point quarter by the Miners, they were held to eight points over the next two quarters and only two field goals.

"I was pleased with the defensive effort," Clover coach Matt Langdon said. "That is a team that has put up some points on other teams."

After a back-and-fourth battle the Clovers were able to take a 21-16 lead midway through the third. But Cloverdale couldn't keep the points rolling in and at the end of the third Linton-Stockton had made it a two-point game, 22-20 Cloverdale.

"We're still having trouble scoring points," Langdon said. "We talked about that, 28 points isn't going to cut it against teams."

Luckily for Cloverdale, its defense held up as the game neared its conclusion.

"The difference is we have had to win games like that before," Cloverdale junior Haley Hamm said. "It was a bad shooting night for all of us but we were glad to get the win."

Hamm was the leading scorer with nine, but the big fourth-quarter play was made by junior Kimmy Winders, who with a three-pointer that pushed the score from 23-20 to 26-20 Cloverdale.

Both teams dealt with stiff defense and with four minutes left in the game Linton-Stockton was in foul trouble. Cloverdale had a three-point lead and had the Miners in the penalty.

"We went to a man-to-man," Langdon said. "That confused (the Miners) a little bit. I liked the way we were able to eat up some clock when we noticed the clock was our friend. We were able to eat up about a minute and in a low-scoring game that shows our team's maturity."

That type of play has been the heady plays that the Clover coach is looking for out of his team and it benefited the Clovers at the end of the game.

After an intentional foul allowed junior Payton Dorsett to make it a two-point game, the Miners had about 20 seconds to run the length of the court and score to force overtime.

Linton-Stockton junior Avaree Dunn cut through the lane and took her shot, but the Clovers stood tall. The Miners were able to secure a rebound, but Cloverdale again forced a bad shot as time expired.

Cloverdale will next face Monrovia at home on Saturday for its last game before Christmas break and before the Monrovia Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27.

The Lady Clovers will be looking to work and display a better shooting night than they have in recent games.

"We just have to stay after practice and keep shooting," Hamm said.

At Cloverdale

Linton-Stockton Cloverdale

FG ( 11-38) (7-43)

3FG (1-9) (4-17)

FT (3-6) (10-20)

Fouls 16 12

Rebound s 24 27

Assists 1 5

Steals 8 10

Individual stats

Linton-Stockton: Dunn 4-10 10 pts, 5 reb, 4 stl; Nash 3-7 6 pts, 6 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl; Thuis 2-4 4 pts, 1 stl, 1 blk; Robison 1-8 3 pts, 3 rebs, 1 stl, Norin 1-4 2 pts, 3 reb; Cannon 1 pts, 3 reb, 1 asst, 1 stl, Carpenter 4 reb

Cloverdale: Hamm 3-13 9 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk; Walker 2-5 6 pts, 1 reb, 1 stl; Stevens 1-6 5 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl, Winders 1-12 4 pts, 5 reb, 1 asst, Pieper 0-4 3 pts, 8 reb, 1 asst, 2 stl, Dorsett 0-4 1 pt, 3 reb, 3 asst, 2 stl

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