CLINTON—The Clinton River Queens couldn’t hold off an undefeated Pleasant Valley team and fell 54-20 at home on Friday night.
The Spartans are the favorite to win the Mississippi Athletic Conference — ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A state rankings — and have yet to find themselves in the loss column. They are shooting almost 50 percent from the field as a team on the season and certainly had no issues putting the basket in against the River Queens.
"We talked about it. We said it was an opportunity to make a statement or make them struggle a little bit," Clinton Coach Andy Eberhart said. "They're worthy of their ranking."
Clinton held on for the first eight minutes, going into the second quarter down 10-8.
"They were sharp in doing what they wanted to do," Eberhart said. "We had a pretty good game plan in how we wanted to attack them, and it worked in the first quarter. I think we got a little tired and we're not as deep as they are. Their pressing and everything wore us out, and we made some mental errors."
The second quarter was a different story.
PV's Carli Spelhaug came out with a 3-point basket and followed that up with a steal in the backcourt and a layup. The Spartans went on a 15-0 run before the River Queens could put points on the board.
Clinton struggled to get the ball inside the perimeter because of an aggressive 2-3 zone with traps. The Spartans extended that zone into the backcourt, as well, and forced the River Queens to turn over the ball 20 times throughout the game.
"We knew it was coming at us," Eberhart said. "Their athleticism is quick, so you don't get much opportunity to get a wide-open shot. You have to keep the ball moving and be patient for it to break down. It's different from how we normally play."
After attempting only three shots through the first seven minutes of the quarter, Sarah Goldensoph grabbed an offensive rebound and drew the foul for a three-point play. The next possession she drew another foul and put in one free throw. The Queens went into the half down 27-12.
"She had the size advantage over them a little bit," Eberhart said about Goldensoph. "We need her to do those things for us. I'm hoping she has a great second half of the season and really establishes herself as a post player."
The second half wasn't much better with Clinton putting up only eight points.
"That's why they're good," Eberhart said. "They make you play a different type of ball."
Goldensoph led the offense for the River Queens with eight points. Five of those points came off offensive rebounds.
"I thought rebounding would have been one of our bigger weaknesses coming into the season, but I looked at stats and we're one of the better rebounding teams in the conference," Eberhart said. "I'm proud of the girls for that."
While Pleasant Valley stays undefeated, Clinton fell to 3-7. Their next opponent — Davenport West — has not won a game this season, including a 60-6 loss to Clinton. The River Queens will take on Davenport West at home on Tuesday.
DURANT — Four Indians scored in double digits, including 21 from Marly Bussa, as Camanche rolled over Durant 77-34 on Friday night on the road.
Camanche jumped to a quick lead after one quarter and continued to extend it throughout the rest of the game. Bussa drained four 3-pointers to contribute to her 21 points. Lea Lefebure added 15 and Camaryn Carstensen had 12. Sami Puckett had another 10, hitting two 3-point field goals.
Ten athletes got on the board for the Indians. They held Durant to just seven points in the final quarter.
Camanche improved to 8-3 and will take on Prince of Peace on Monday at Central Catholic Auditorium. Prince of Peace has yet to win a game.
Irish fall on road
DELHI — Prince of Peace couldn't contain the Maquoketa Valley offense and fell 82-27 on the road on Friday night.
Maquoketa Valley's Sam Wall scored 25 on the Irish to lead her team. In addition to those points, 12 other players put points on the board.
Paige Kuehl had 12 points for the Irish, five of those coming from the free-throw line, where she went 5-for-6. Anabel Blount went 6-of-9 from the line, with all of her points being free throws.
Isabel Hansen and Kuehl hit the two 3-point field goals for the Irish.
Prince of Peace fell to 0-13 and will take on the Camanche Indians at home on Monday night.
Rebels silenced at home
GOOSELAKE — The Northeast Rebels were held to 24 points Friday night as they fell to West Branch 52-24.
The Bears led by just five after one quarter but went on a 21-8 run in the second and never looked back. The Rebels put up only eight points in the second half.
Claire Abbott led the offensive effort with 11 points. Abbott was the only athlete to score in double digits. Casidy Dondiego had six and Jacey House had four. The Rebels were 5-of-10 from the free-throw line and hit only one from beyond the arc, a 3-pointer from House.
The Rebels fell to 3-8 and will travel to Mediapolis today. Mediapolis, coached by Camanche native Todd Borrison, is undefeated this season.