CLOVER — The Clover High School girls’ basketball team defeated rival York 44-15 before an enthusiastic crowd Friday at the CHS main gym.
Elizabeth Edmunds, Shay Hall, Telliya Patton and Katelynn Kipp each contributed to the scoring as the CHS girls bolted to an 11-2 first-quarter lead.
The second quarter was more of the same, with playmaking guard Sydney Sanders lighting up the scoreboard with three baskets, including a three-pointer.
Sanders, the game’s leading scorer with 12 points, continued her offensive surge in the third quarter as the Lady Blue Eagles expanded their lead.
Clover sealed the win in the fourth quarter as Taylor Morneault contributed to the scoring column, much to the delight of the home fans.
“Our defensive effort made a difference tonight,” said Clover coach Kiki Walker. “We built the early lead and the kids played together.”
Walker used various combinations in her player rotation as a means of preparing the team for this week’s region slate of games.
Edmunds, the Lady Blue Eagles’ leading scorer for the season, whose three-point shooting is vital to the team’s success, echoed her coach’s sentiments in breaking down the win.
“We played good defense against York tonight,” said the junior mainstay after the game. “It was a big win for us in the region. We need to continue to play aggressive defense.”
Sanders paced the scoring for the CHS girls as the lone double-digit scorer with 12 points.
Rounding out the scoring were Edmunds and Kipp, each with 8 points; Patton and Lynsey Comalander, each with 5 points; and Hall, Mecca Byrd and Lilly Wallace, each finishing with 2 points.
Lady Blue Eagles host the South Pointe girls at 6:30 p.m. Friday.