After losing in the semifinals of the District 3AAA tournament at Halls on Friday to Campbell County, 59-39, the fifth-seeded Clinton Lady Dragons had to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get ready for the third-place game against rival Powell Saturday afternoon.
After trailing 16-9 after the first quarter, Clinton rallied to pull within two points, 26-24 at halftime. The third quarter belonged to the Lady Dragons, as they outscored the Lady Panthers 17-4 in the period to take a 41-30 lead heading to the fourth. Clinton hung on for a 51-42 victory and claimed third place in the District tournament, improving to 20-10 on the season.
Clinton was led by Danyel Joy and Kinley Martin with 15 points apiece, and Nikki Jones found her scoring touch, rounding out the three-headed attack with 14 points, as the Lady Dragons avenged a pair of double-digit regular-season losses and exorcised some demons against one of their traditional “thorns in the side.”
Powell was led by stalwart Haley Schubert, who scored 16, and fell to 13-14 on the season.
Next up for the Lady Dragons, a trip to the runner-up in the District 4AAA tournament opening round Friday February 23rd at 7 pm. Their opponent has yet to be determined, as that tournament is currently underway, with semifinals scheduled for today (February 17th).
Girls Semifinals: Oak Ridge 62 Powell 38…Campbell County 59 Clinton 39.
Boys Semifinals: Powell 75 Karns 45…Oak Ridge 69 Anderson County 61.
Boys Consolation: Anderson County vs. Karns.
Girls Championship: Oak Ridge vs. Campbell County.
Boys Championship: Powell vs. Oak Ridge.
EDITOR’S NOTE: WYSH wants to thank Richard Evans of the Courier News in Clinton for his updates from Halls, allowing us to file this report.