Lady Red Devil Tip-Off at Clinton HS: Monday’s Results
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The early part of the season means many schools across the Carolinas and the country are hosting early- and mid-season tournaments as a precursor to when region play gets underway following the new year. One of those schools that hosted…
The early part of the season means many schools across the Carolinas and the country are hosting early- and mid-season tournaments as a precursor to when region play gets underway following the new year.
One of those schools that hosted such an event is Clinton HS. The home of the 3A Red Devils hosted a smaller gathering than a few other schools such as Greenville HS or Woodruff HS, but four teams still converged on Clinton for what was an exciting night of basketball.
And we were there for the festivities. Here is our recap of the two games that took place that Monday night.
Chapman vs. Batesburg-Leesville
The first game tipped off at 6 p.m. and featured a 2A team from the Midlands against a 3A team that calls the Upstate home.
That game was Chapman vs. Batesburg-Leesville. One thing that they do have in common is that the Panthers are the mascot for both schools. Another attribute they have in common is both made their respective state tournaments from last season even though Chapman’s run was a bit longer than Batesburg-Leesville’s.
When all was said and done that early Monday evening, Chapman’s Panthers clawed and roared louder than those from Batesburg-Leesville – and by a wide margin.
Last Season’s Records
Batesburg-Leesville had a 7-13 record and a 3-5 mark in region play that was a big help to the team’s tournament hopes. Chapman finished 11-14 plus a .500 mark of 4-4 in region.
How The Game Progressed
It was all Chapman all the time from the opening tip. Chapman placed the first 15 points on the board. The early Chapman surge caused frustration for Batesburg-Leesville as evidenced by sophomore Kadejah Blocker being assessed a technical foul. The first two Batesburg-Leesville points were via free throws and it was 17-2 early in Chapman’s favor.
Batesburg-Leesville finally made its first field goal of the game in the second quarter – but they needed plenty more of those against a Chapman team that was asserting its dominance on both ends of the floor.
At this point, the margin was so lopsided that the game was running on a continuously turning clock in the third quarter. Victory was all but assured for Chapman as the third quarter elapsed into the fourth – and to the final seconds.
One of the premier juniors in the state,led all scorers with a 16-point performance. In addition to her ability to get out in transition and play tough defense, she can also be very effective from behind the arc. Wilder had three 3-pointers for the game.
Three for Chapman also chimed in with eight-point performance. One of them was off the bench in. All of her successful attempts were of the two-point variety. Miller is listed on the Chapman as a two.
Another who put eight on the scoreboard was, a sophomore. She is a two-sport athlete who plays volleyball as a middle blocker and an opposite hitter. Twitty has also participated in track and field events.
The third eight-point scorer was Peyton Holmes. She is listed on the Chapman roster as a small forward. Holmes helped out with the deluge of 3-pointers that Chapman rained on Batesburg-Leesville. Holmes had three 3-pointers – three of the team’s seven.
York vs. Clinton
There were only two matches on the card for Monday night – but, of course, the host school had to be part of the main event.
York’s Cougars made the trek to Clinton to take on the host Red Devils. Interestingly enough, Clinton received favorable news from the SCBCA as they were the last team to earn a berth in its Preseason Top 10.
The last time York and Clinton met up was in 2016 when the Cougars earned a 40-21 victory over the Red Devils in late 2016. The result in this game would be different than that 2016 get together as Clinton prevailed over York with the final score being 53-11.
Last Season’s Records
The Red Devils had a record of 13-9 in addition to going 4-4 in its Region 3-AAA. As for the Cougars, they were 11-14 but only 3-7 in its region.
How The Game Went
At first, it appeared the Cougars and Red Devils would be locked in a defensive struggle before a Clinton scoring binge. The Red Devils defense held York to only one field goal for the first quarter and held a 14-2 lead with one quarter in the books.
Clinton’s lead at the half may not have been what Chapman’s was against Batesburg-Leesville, but the Red Devils still had a commanding advantage with 16 minutes played. It was 25-6 in favor of homestanding Clinton at the game’s midpoint.
The Red Devils continued to apply pressure, overwhelming the Cougars on the offensive end and stifling their efforts on the defensive end. It was all but a given that Clinton would send its fans home happy once this one had concluded.
All in all, Clinton looked like a team that received a SCBCA Preseason Top 10 3A ranking – which they did.
It was a 14-point performance for. Who knows if she and some of the other starters’ outings would have been more, but Belton got plenty of time to rest on the bench given the dominance Clinton established.
The Red Devils were also the beneficiaries of a 10-point showing courtesy of senior power forward Zakalia Redd. She displayed how imposing she can be in the interior along with showcasing that she can be true on her attempts from the open floor.
It was a seven-point showing for Mylayja Thompson. She can play at either the one or the two in the backcourt and is listed at 5-foot-3 on Clinton’s roster. Thompson also has no problems drawing contact to get to the free throw line and is a fearless attacker of the rim.