ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Defense was the key word for the Clinton-Massie girls’ basketball team Tuesday night, as the Lady Falcons limited Wyoming to just 22 points en route to a 38-22 home court victory in a non-league matchup.
The win gives the Lady Falcons a record of 2-1 on the season.
At the intermission, the Lady Falcons held a 22-13 edge, but they switched to a zone in the second half which gave Wyoming problems. The Cowboys were limited to just one field goal in the third quarter and scored just nine points during the entire second half.
“Coach (Sam) Schlaegel suggested we try the zone in the second half and it worked wonders, ” said CM varsity coach Tim McGraw. “They (Wyoming) just could not make their shots and tonight we rebounded the basketball very well. They (Wyoming) had just two offensive rebounds in the first half.”
Clinton-Massie also converted from the floor Tuesday night, something which was lacking this past weekend during the Thanksgiving holiday tournament at Waynesville High School.
“Unlike the game at Waynesville last Saturday we made our shots and it certainly made a difference. Our girls played with a lot of confidence tonight,” McGraw pointed out.
Clinton-Massie had a 7-2 run to start the second half and Madilyn Newton’s rainbow trey from the corner gave the Lady Falcons a 29-15 margin at the 4:20 mark of the third period. At the end of the third quarter, Massie had more than doubled the score, taking a 31-15 advantage into the final period.
Samantha Myers scored in each period, leading the way for the Lady Falcons with 11 points. Newton and Faith Cottrell scored eight points each and Johanna Theetge added six points.
Top scorer for the Cowboys was Lindsay Stewart with five points.
On Saturday, the Lady Falcons will open their South Central Ohio League schedule with pre-season pick Miami Trace providing the opposition.
McGraw knows it will be tough but says his girls will be ready for the Panthers.
“Miami Trace is a very good basketball team but we will be ready for them and give them everything we’ve got,” he said.
Junior varsity action begins at noon, with the varsity contest to follow.
November 29, 2016
@Clinton-Massie High School
Clinton-Massie 38 Wyoming 22
(22) WYOMING (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Hutcheson 2-0-0-4, Cullumsmith 2-0-0-4, Stewart 2-0-1-5, Dudek 1-0-0-2, Erny 1-0-1-3, Thomas 2-0-0-4. Team Totals: 10-0-2-22.
(38) CLINTON-MASSIE (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Theetge 3-0-0-6, Cottrell 2-1-1-8, Rose 1-0-0-2, Learly 1-0-1-3, Newton 2-1-1-8, Myers 4-0-3-11. Team Totals: 13-2-6-38.
FIELD GOALS: W 10-43; CM 15-37 (Myers 4-8 Theetge 3-4 Cottrell 3-6)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: W 0-13; CM 2-3 (Cottrell 1-1, Newton 1-2)
FREE THROWS: W 2-8; CM 6-10 (Myers 3-3)
REBOUNDS: W-17; CM-26 (Myers 6 Theetge 5 Leary 3 Newton 3)
ASSISTS: W-1; CM-10 (Theetge 3 Myers 2)
STEALS: W-0; CM-3 (Ireland 1 Theetge 1 Doss 1)
BLOCKED SHOTS: W-0 CM-0
TURNOVERS: W-14 CM-21
Bill Liermann covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet