CLOVER — The Clover High School girls basketball team continues to maintain a level of play a notch above its opponent.
Such was the case Friday as the Lady Blue Eagles rolled past Nation Ford 40-25, extending their unbeaten streak to six games. The CHS girls relied on tenacious defense from the outset, forcing Nation Ford into turnovers and scoring in transition.
“We’ve stressed defense a lot this season,” head coach Sherer Hopkins said of the team’s active pursuit of its opponent since the season began.
“This was a good win on the road tonight,” observed Hopkins.
“We have been pleased with the team’s play the first month of the season,” she said. “We’re still working on things and the kids are responding.”
Sophomore mainstay Elizabeth Edmunds, the Lady Blue Eagles’ leading scorer for the season, made her presence felt from the outset as she continues to be the team’s go-to player in the post.
Clover’s defensive pressure became evident in the second quarter as the visitors from Blue Eagle Country turned up the intensity level a notch or two.
The defensive ploy paid off, limiting host Nation Ford to a scant three points in a second quarter dominated by the Lady Blue Eagles.
Edmunds paced the scoring for Clover with another double-digit effort, finishing with 14 points.
Ryehia Robbins was next with 9 points. Rounding out the scoring, Logan Richardson had 7 points, Alexis Brice and Aaliyah Knox 4 each and Breshalya Hall 2.
In earlier Region 3-AAAA aciton last week, the Lady Blue Eagles turned back visiting South Pointe 41-28 before the home fans.
It was another dominant performance as the CHS girls seized control and held off the Lady Stallions for another double-digit win.
Edmunds paced a balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Knox had another active game as the team’s floor leader, finishing with 8 points and dishing the ball off to open teammates.
Shae Hall and Richardson were next in the scoring column, each with 5 points. Brice and Sydney Sanders each scored 3 points and Ashia Good had 2.
The Lady Blue Eagles open play in Thursday’s Clover Optimist Classic against Indian Land at 6 p.m. in the CHS old gym.