ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Utilizing a new-look trapping defense, the Clinton-Massie girls basketball team won its first game of the season over Blanchester, 55-28, Saturday in non-league action at Brian P. Mudd Court.
“We have hung with some good teams with a brutal early schedule\,” CM coach Tim McGraw said. “Today we were able to get the win.”
After an early stalemate, the Falcons were able to take control of the first quarter with an attacking, trapping defense that gave the visiting Wildcats fits.
“The trap was something we put in (Friday),” McGraw said. “We wanted to try something different and it worked well for us.”
Blanchester coach Bradon Pyle was complimentary of the Falcons defense, but said, “The biggest thing for our team was decision making. We emphasize it, but it just didn’t happen for us today.”
The Falcons capitalized on this to take a 10-5 lead at the end of the first.
It was more of the same in the second quarter as turnovers continued to plague the Wildcats. The Falcons shots began falling and at the 2:00 mark the home team had extended its lead to 14. After a Blanchester putback in the final minute of the quarter, the teams went to the half with the Falcons holding a 22-10 advantage.
The lead was due, in large part, to the defense but also a strong offensive output from senior guard Patience Chowning, who had scored half of her team’s first half points.
A 9-0 CM run started the third quarter, highlighted by a long three from Hannah Doss. Doss came alive offensively for the Falcons after some first half foul trouble. The senior scored 10 points in the quarter to help the home team push its lead to 44-19 after three.
Both teams fought hard throughout the final quarter, but Blanchester was never able to get closer than 19 points. CM freshman Maddie Phipps had six fourth quarter points to help the Falcons remain in control.
Chowning led the Falcons in scoring with 12, while Phipps and Doss also were in double figures with 10 each. The Wildcats were led Lana Roy’s 11 points, which included a perfect 6-6 from the free throw stripe.
Coach Pyle said Roy “has worked hard to improve her game and it shows.”
Dec 14, 2019
@Brian P. Mudd Court
Clinton-Massie 55 Blanchester 28
(28) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Irwin 0-0-0-0 Scott 0-0-1-1 Buerkle 0-0-0-0 Tedrick 0-0-0-0 Mulvihill 1-0-0-2 Roy 2-1-6-11 Tangonan 1-1-0-3 Winemiller 1-0-0-2 Benne 0-0-0-0 Brown 2-0-0-4 Potts 0-0-2-2 Staehling 1-0-1-3. TOTALS 8-2-10/16-28
(55) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Jaramillo 0-0-1-1 Phipps 3-0-4-10 Doss 4-1-1-10 Chowning 3-1-5-12 Cranmer 3-0-0-6 Payne 0-0-0-0 Crawford 2-0-1-5 Avery 4-0-0-8 Branham 1-0-1-3 Chrsitiansen 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 20-2-13/19-55
Brian covers high school sports for the News Journal.