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Eels survive Clovers in overtime

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Whitney McWilliams scored seven points in the Eels win over the Clovers Monday.

There might have only been one thing that was pretty about the Clay City/Cloverdale girls' game if you are an Eels' fan.

A "W" in the win column.

Despite holding the Clovers scoreless in the first quarter and to just one-of-24 shooting from the field in the first half, the Eels were forced into overtime before coming away with a 34-30 win.

The victory was just the second this season for Clay City but might show that there are good things to come as the Eels dug in and actually came from behind to get the overtime victory. Several times this year, Clay City has led late in games only to see a lead slip away and turn into a loss. But this time was different.

The Eels led 17-6 at the halftime break after holding the Clovers to just four freethrows and a Danielle Neese basket. But in the second half, it was Clay City who wasn't able to find the basket.

Cloverdale put the clamps on in a physical second half and held the Eels to just one-of-12 shooting from the field in the second half. Meanwhile the Clovers got Rachel Varnes on track in the third quarter when she hit four-of-five shots. Cloverdale was within 22-14 after three quarters and continued their comeback in the fourth.

A Danielle Hepfer 3-pointer closed the gap to 25-21 with 3:36 left to play and after Rachel Lotz and Varnes combined to hit three-of-four freethrows the gap was just 25-24. A Cloverdale steal and layup by Amanda Brezina then gave the Clovers their first lead at 26-25 with 36 seconds left. But Clay City rebounded to force the extra session.

In overtime, Varnes gave Cloverdale the early lead with an inside hoop. The Clovers had two chances to extend the lead at the line, but Varnes and Kayla Koosman missed all four freethrows before Cameron Gerber knotted the score with two charity shots.

With the score tied at 30-all, Amber Long got a steal and hoop for the Eels who went up 32-30 and on the ensuing inbounds, Clay City forced a jump ball in the backcourt and got the ball back. Two Whitney McWilliams freethrows solidified the lead and the win for the Eels 34-30.

Clay City will play at home next Monday versus Owen Valley. Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m.



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