CLINTON — After trailing by double digits in the first half, a furious comeback by the Clinton girls basketball team fell just short Tuesday night in Yourd Gym.
The River Queens suffered a 52-49 loss to Davenport Assumption, dropping the Queens to 5-15 overall on the season and 5-12 in Mississippi Athletic Conference play. The Queens were led on Senior Night by senior Madison Eberhart, who grabbed 13 points, followed closely by fellow senior Sarah Goldensoph with 12.
The close loss kept up with what seems to be a common theme with the team this season, head coach Andy Eberhart said after the game.
"I saw some good things, but I just feel so bad for those girls because we've had so many close games," Eberhart said. "I really liked our effort but there are still some little things here and there we need to clean up if we're going to win some of these rough games. We've had some opportunities to score here and there."
The team trailed 11-7 at the end of one quarter, and in the second quarter, the game appeared to have a chance to become lopsided. The Knights, now 13-7 overall, quickly opened up to a 20-10 lead, but Clinton was able to get back within six, 24-18, at the end of the first half.
Grabbing the momentum right away in the third quarter, the Queens took their first lead of the game with 1:16 left in the third quarter after a pair of Goldensoph free throws made it 32-31. The team held a slim 34-33 lead heading to the fourth.
Both teams caught fire in the final quarter, unfortunately for Clinton, Davenport Assumption's fire was slightly hotter.
"I kind of think we got out-run a little bit there at the end," Eberhart said. "I feel so bad for our girls. In these close games, it's tough to lose them. That's not what we want."
Clinton saw scoring contributions from several Queens in Tuesday night's loss. Juniors Molly Chapman and Macy Mulholland both dropped eight points, junior Megan Gandrup collected seven, and senior Kiah Guidry had two points on Senior Night.
The group of seniors, Guidry, Goldensoph, and Madison and McKenna Eberhart, has played a crucial role for the team during their years as River Queens, coach Eberhart said after the game.
"We've got such a good group of seniors, and it's a group I've worked with personally for so long," Eberhart said. "It's a real special group to me, and I can't thank them enough. From league ball to summer ball, there's just been a lot of great times with this group."
The River Queens will travel to Pleasant Valley on Friday at 7:30 p.m.