The River Kings didn’t choose to lay down, however. Clinton got within three points early in the third quarter, then halfway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors responded with a basket each time.
“I thought we had a couple turnovers down the stretch that hurt us the most,” Lawrence said. “We got stagnant on offense, and I don’t think we managed end-of-game situations well for the first time all season.
The Warriors had two players who were in the top 10 of the Mississippi Valley Conference scoring, and neither had a quiet night. Jared Printy had a team-high 20 points (nine points off 3-pointers) while Maurice Arrington scored 17 points.
“Jared likes to do one thing, and one thing only,” Lawrence said. “He likes to come off of those screens, and see if he can get an open shot, and he had a few too many tonight.”
Meanwhile, Brady Ernst posted a Clinton-high 23 points that included shooting 9-of-14 from the free-throw line in his second game back from being sidelined by a hand injury.
Clinton bids farewell to three seniors — Jalen Jones, Robbie Thacker and Jon Cady. Jones said it was an honor to put on a Clinton uniform for four years.
“It meant a lot,” Jones said. “We started out a little rough, but we battled through it, and we had a really nice season; it just didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”
Lawrence echoed the commitments those three have gone through.
“I’m really proud of those guys for sticking it out through the get-go when things were down, those three bought in and knew we could win,” Lawrence said. “They put in full effort every single day they were here, and we finally sent them out with a winning record.”