LEES CREEK – With a 29-4 run spanning the second and third quarters, East Clinton pulled away from Clermont Northeastern for a 40-30 SBAAC National Division showdown Monday.
Lacey Peterman scored all by one of her game-high 13 points during that spurt. She buried threes on consecutive possessions to cap the scoring explosion and give the Astros (7-6, 4-4) their largest lead of the night, 35-18.
EC scored the last 13 of the second quarter to turn a 14-6 deficit into a 19-14 advantage at the break. CNE’s lead was courtesy of a 6-0 run.
“We finally settled down, ran our offense and shared the ball,” EC head coach Jeff Craycraft said. “We just came out a little pumped up. Every now and then, teams do that.
“(Mackenzie) Campbell and Lacey started playing pretty well together in the second half. (Kaitlin) Durbin, is Durbin, she does a lot good things for us. She gets a lot of key rebounds. Gracie McCarren stepped it up tonight. She started out slow, but as the game progressed, she really came on. Gracie Boggs gave us good minutes off the bench. And (Katrina) Bowman was part of that second quarter. She came in with a lot of determination and got us going as a team.”
Durbin joined Peterman in double figures with 10. Campbell just missed double figures with eight.
Taylor Shumard led the Rockets (5-6, 3-4) with 10 points.
EC dropped the JV game 44-25. Astro McKenzie Pence scored 10. Macy Brown had 14 for the Rockets.
January 14, 2019
@East Clinton High School
East Clinton 40 Clermont NE 30
(30) CLERMONT NORTHEASTERN (fg-ft-tp) Bricker 0-1-1, Reese 0-1-1, Drewry 1-2-4, Kirby 0-0-0, Bockman 1-0-2, Evans 3-0-6, Shumard 4-1-10, Williams 3-0-6. Total 12-5-30. 3-point goals: 1 (Shumard). FTM-FTA 5-11, 45 percent.
(40) EAST CLINTON (fg-ft-tp) Campbell 4-0-8, Durbin 3-3-10, Bowman 1-1-3, Peterman 4-3-13, McCarren 2-0-4, Beener 1-0-2, Boggs 0-0-0. Total 15-7-40. 3-point goals: 3 (Peterman 2, Durbin). FTM-FTA 7-10, 70 percent.
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01.