CLINTON — One big quarter.
That was the difference in Friday night’s matchup between Clinton and Camanche at the River Queen Classic.
After trailing through one period, the host River Queens outscored Camanche 13-2 in the second frame on their way to a 50-41 victory at Yourd Gymnasium.
Clinton’s pressure defense was critical to the big run, as the River Queens forced 11 turnovers during the quarter.
“I was hoping they wouldn’t handle the press very well,” said Jason McEwen, who got a win in his debut as Clinton’s coach. “We wanted to pressure them and let them make the bad pass. We didn’t want to do a lot of gambling, but we still wanted to be aggressive.”
Junior Whitney Miller led the way for the River Queens, scoring 20 points and coming up with six rebounds.
Ellen Russell added a game-high eight rebounds and also collected three steals. Devvin Rolston also had three steals.
“It’s hard to single any one player out,” said McEwen. “Everybody contributed to the victory.”
The first period went back and forth early before the Indians used a five-point run to build a 15-10 lead. They continued to hold off the River Queens and held an 18-16 edge at the end of the period.
Camanche did much of its damage from the charity stripe during that time. The Indians entered the one-and-one bonus in a mere seven minutes and finished the period 8-of-11 from the line.
“One of the keys I stressed to the girls was to move their feet on defense,” McEwen said. “We did a better job of that as the game went on.”
Kelsay McCausland, who scored a team-high 16 points, had 10 in the first period. Bree Willis added 11 points, with five coming in the initial frame.
Clinton tied the game at 18-all early in the second period on Carly Green’s basket before Ashley Enwright got a steal and was fouled. She hit one of two free throws to put the River Queens ahead to stay.
Eight more steals over the next 4 1/2 minutes helped the River Queens score eight more points, making it a 27-18 lead with 1:55 remaining.
“Our weakness was exposed,” said Camanche coach Dave Grim while describing his team’s second-period struggles. “We handled things well the first quarter, but we didn’t in the second quarter. Clinton is quick and got up and down the court — we had to make it a half-court game but couldn’t.”
Camanche broke its scoring lull when McCausland sank two free throws with 1:35 left, but Miller answered for Clinton to make it 29-20 at halftime.
Clinton went ahead by 11 early in the third period, but the Indians made a slight charge when Bree Willis hit a 3-pointer and Clarissa Stoll sank two free throws to make it 31-25.
But Enwright responded with a 3-pointer for Clinton to push the lead up to nine.
The River Queens continued to hold off Camanche and took a 39-28 lead into the final period.
The Indians had one last gasp as Clair Parker made two free throws and Cassie Willis drained a trey to make it 39-33.
But again the River Queens answered, as Miller converted a traditional three-point play and later added two more free throws to make it 44-33.
Camanche never got closer than eight again.
“You take away the second quarter and it was a pretty even game,” said Grim. “The lead they built was just too much to overcome.”
The Classic continues today with two more games. Camanche faces Maquoketa at 1 p.m. and Clinton meets Fulton at 2:30.
Score by Quarters
Camanche 18 2 8 13 —41
Clinton 16 13 10 11 —50
Aubrey Dodson 0-0 0-0 0, Cassie Willis 1-6 3-4 6, Bree Willis 4-8 1-2 11, Casey Johnson 0-6 0-0 0, Karissa Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Kelsay McCausland 4-7 8-10 16, Clair Parker 1-1 1-2 3, Clarissa Stoll 0-0 3-6 3, Shawna Medinger 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 10-29 18-26 41.
Whitney Miller 6-10 7-10 20, Ellen Russell 1-4 2-2 4, Katie Crites 0-1 0-0 0, Mollie Enwright 2-8 0-0 5, Ashley Enwright 2-10 2-4 8, Devvin Rolston 2-6 4-4 8, Carly Green 2-4 1-1 5. Totals 15-43 16-21 50.
3-point goals—Camanche 3 (C. Willis, B. Willis 2); Clinton 4 (Miller, M. Enwright, A. Enwright 2). Rebounds—Camanche 24 (B. Willis 7, McCausland 7); Clinton 22 (Russell 8, Miller 6). Steals—Camanche 4 (B. Willis 2); Clinton 13 (Russell 3, Rolston 3). Turnovers—Camanche 21, Clinton 9. Total fouls—Camanche 17, Clinton 20.
Records—Camanche 1-1, Clinton 1-0. Next games—River Queen Classic (Camanche vs. Maquoketa, 1 p.m. Saturday; Clinton vs. Fulton, 2:30 p.m. Saturday).
CLINTON — One big quarter.