Clover varsity teams defeat Charlotte Country Day

genegraham@comporium.netDecember 16, 2013 

— The Clover High School varsity cagers swept Charlotte Country Day in double-header action last week.

The Lady Blue Eagles prevailed 50-21 in the first game of the Dec. 13 double-header action at the new Clover gym.

Head coach Sherer Hopkins was pleased with the team’s effort and execution. “We took good shots and had balanced scoring,” she said. “Our girls ran the offense well.”

Hopkins noted that senior post player Telliya Patton, who has contributed to the program since seventh grade, is a key to the Lady Blue Eagles’ success.

“She is a physical presence and works hard in the weight room,” she said.

Hopkins also relies on senior playmaking guard Zasu Carpenter, who assumes a prominent role in the backcourt. Junior forward Elizabeth Edmunds is another physical player, who became a force offensively when she added long-range shooting to her repertoire.

“Elizabeth is definitely our go-to player offensively,” said Hopkins.

Hopkins said she looks for a typical region grind in always-tough Region 3-AAAA this season. “We look for more of the same in the region,” she said.

The Blue Eagles defeated Charlotte Country Day 57-45, with Alex Thompson scoring 16 points to lead the way.

“Alex hit four three-pointers in the third quarter,” head coach Bailey Jackson said. “We also played good defense, which contributed to the win.”

Bryce Adams finished with 12 points, including three 3-pointers.

Rounding out the scoring, Austin Stone finished with 9 points; R.J. Moore, 8; Rae Armstrong, 4; Ladarius Adams, 3; and Aaron Milner and John Wilson, 2 points each.

Both CHS varsity teams will compete in the Landrum Basketball Tournament Dec. 26-28.

“It will be a good opportunity for all of the kids to get playing time,” said Jackson. “We open up with Boiling Springs.”

Hopkins concurs.

“The Landrum tournament will be good preparation for region games in January,” she said. “We’ll see different teams and different styles of play.”

Both CHS varsity teams will host Nation Ford Jan. 3. The girls game will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the boys slated for a 6 p.m. start.

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