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High School Sports

December 11, 2013

Girls basketball: Queens' promising start sours

BETTENDORF — As the first quarter neared its end in Clinton’s 80-36 loss to Bettendorf, it appeared that the River Queens had survived a difficult start to pull themselves into the contest.

Clinton had trailed for the entire opening frame, but it was starting to work the ball into the paint against the Bulldog defense and had cut Bettendorf’s lead to three points. Plus, the River Queens appeared to have the personnel advantage, as Bettendorf forward Sarah Flynn was on the bench with two quick fouls.

Then, Bettendorf junior Ally Scott closed the quarter with a basket and a foul, and all of a sudden, the game turned.

As the River Queens watched shot after shot bounce off the rim, the Bulldogs seemed to hit everything. Over a seven-minute span, Bettendorf outscored Clinton 28-1 and turned a battle into a rout. By the time McKenzie Petersen finally ended the drought with the Queens’ only basket of the second quarter, the Bulldogs’ lead had reached 30 and the game was a foregone conclusion, with Clinton taking its second loss in the Mississippi Athletic Conference on Tuesday night at Bettendorf High School.

“We had a lot of things not go our way,” Clinton coach Mike Halac said. “We had a lot of great opportunities inside, but we just didn’t get the rolls. They did an exceptional job and shot 24-for-39 in the game. That’s a great percentage. I thought (Elizabeth) Finn played really well, and so did Scott and (Ashton) Glaus, their three big guns.”

The Bulldogs’ trio combined for 49 points, 36 of them coming during the onslaught in the first half. Finn led the way with 22 points, while Glaus had 14, Scott added 13 and Kaley Sortillo gave Bettendorf (3-1, 2-0 MAC) some extra help with 14 points. Petersen ended up leading the River Queens (1-4, 0-2) with 13 points, while Erin Wenzel had 11, but nobody in a red jersey could get the ball to fall through the hoop with any consistency.

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