CLOVER — The Clover High School girls’ basketball team put up a tough fight before falling to South Pointe 55-43 in Region 3-AAAA action before an enthusiastic home crowd Friday.
The Lady Blue Eagles stayed within striking distance, but were unable to go on a run that would impact the outcome. The Lady Stallions assumed the lead from the outset and expanded the lead in the second quarter.
“They had an 11-point lead at the half,” said coach Kiki Walker. “We cut the lead to six in the second half but couldn’t get over the hump. We were unable to dig out of a hole.”
Walker, a former Lady Blue Eagle standout, said she was proud of the effort. “South Pointe is a great team,” she said. “They are the No. 2 team in the region.”
Concluded Walker in breaking down the game, “We need to work on the little things and be ready to play every night in the region.”
With Clover trailing 44-34 with 4:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, senior post player Telliya Patton’s power move to the basket sliced the lead to single digits at at 44-36.
South Pointe scored the next two baskets, expanding the lead to 48-36.
A free throw by Mecca Byrd made it an 11-point lead, but the CHS girls were unable to trim the lead to single digits as South Ponte converted free throws down the stretch and held on for the win.
Elizabeth Edmunds paced the scoring for Clover with 11 points. Patton finished in double figures with 10 points, while Sydney Sanders had 9 and Shay Hall scored 8.
With region play winding down, the Lady Blue Eagles travel to Nation Ford Friday to battle the Lady Falcons. The game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start, with the boys’ game to follow at 8 p.m.