The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

January 8, 2014

Girls basketball: Cold night shooting for Clinton

CLINTON — While one Clinton River Queen had a warm hand shooting, the rest of her team didn’t fare as well.

Shooting 21 percent on your own home court would fall into the category of being “cold” on a night where temperatures barely reached above zero outside.

Clinton fell to Davenport Assumption 42-21 in Mississippi Athletic Conference girls basketball Tuesday night in Yourd Gym.

Clinton coach Mike Halac was pleased with the team’s defense, which held Assumption to a season-low 42 points, which has been done two other times this season. Those two other times were Saturday at Cedar Rapids Xavier and Dec. 10 in a loss to Muscatine.

Although the 21 points is not a season-worst for the River Queens (19, Dec. 13 vs. North Scott), Halac knows that that doesn’t give his team an excuse.

“We have some things we need to work on as a program offensively,” Halac said. “We can’t win if we don’t score, and we have to be able to put the ball in the basket.”

He was happy about his defense, however.

“Holding a team like that to 10 points or less in the first three quarters is very good,” Halac said. “I was pleased with where we were at from that standpoint.”

Clinton held Assumption to 18-for-46 shooting, or 39 percent. Also, the River Queens forced Assumption to make 12 turnovers. Clinton won the rebounding battle, 26-20.

The Knights did get two players in double-figure scoring as Jamie White and Shannon Leon each scored 10 points.

Clinton also forced Assumption to the free-throw line, where it did not look comfortable. The Knights made just five free throws out of 14.

The one player who did find the bottom of the basket for Clinton was Erin Wenzel with 14 points on 7-for-17 shooting, along with nine rebounds.

At the half, the score was 20-12 in favor of the Knights. Wenzel had all 12 points for the River Queens at that point as well.

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