CLOVER — With her team trailing 41-40 and time running out, Clover’s Sydney Sanders became Nation Ford’s worst nightmare.
Sanders reeled off the final seven points of Friday’s game, catapulting the Lady Blue Eagles to a thrilling 47-43 win over the Lady Falcons Friday in Blue Eagle Country.
Shay Hall’s basket had given Clover a 40-39 lead but Nation Ford scored consecutive baskets, pushing the lead to 43-40.
But Sanders, a Lady Cougar stalwart, nailed a three-pointer, knotting the score at 43-all, then scored the game’s final two baskets to seal the win.
“She took the team on her back,” Clover coach Kiki Walker said after the down-to-the-wire nail-biter. “Sydney has the ability to do that. She’s great player and came up big for us.”
Poised and precise after the game, much like her demeanor during the game, Sanders got right to the point.
“I have confidence to shoot the ball in those situations,” Sanders said of her scoring barrage. “I feel it’s my role to take charge. We needed the region win.”
Sanders has her own ideas about what it will take for the Lady Blue Eagles to continue their success in Region 3-AAAA.
“We need to rebound and to box out in our future games.” She said.
Walker said she cherishes the region win over always-tough Nation Ford. “It was a big win in the region for us,” she noted
“We need to take care of the little things as we continue our region games,” said Walker, citing rebounding and communication on the court as examples.
Telliya Patton made her presence felt in the post with 13 points to pace balanced scoring for the CHS girls.
Sanders and Elizabeth Edmunds were next, each with 12 points. Rounding out the scoring, Hall had six points and Lilly Wallace had four.
The Lady Blue Eagles resume region play Friday at Fort Mill at 6:30 p.m. The boys’ game will follow at 8 p.m.