CLINTON — Clinton girls basketball coach Jason McEwen admitted it wasn’t a work of art.

But, in the end, the River Queens got what mattered most — a victory.

Clinton held on for a 45-42 win over Fulton in Saturday’s second game of the River Queen Classic at Yourd Gymnasium.

“We had a lot of turnovers,” said McEwen. “Last night (a win over Camanche) we didn’t have many, but today it seemed we’d get a steal but then give it right back. We didn’t take care of the ball very well at all — we had a lot of forced passes that went out of bounds. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it was an afternoon game or what — we just didn’t play well.”

Still, McEwen cited his team for pulling out the win.

“The kids on the floor at the end found a way to get it done,” he said.

Clinton’s pressure defense was a factor in the early going, forcing seven turnovers in the first period.

But the River Queens made just 2-of-12 baskets during the same span, resulting in a 6-all tie at the conclusion of the frame.

Fulton grabbed its final lead of the half when MaKaylin Gooley’s layup midway through the second period made it 12-11.

But the River Queens closed out the period with a 6-1 run to take a 17-13 lead into halftime.

The Steamers, who did a better job of handling Clinton’s pressure as the game progressed, continued to hang with the hosts in the second half.

With Clinton ahead 19-13, the Steamers scored seven unanswered points to grab a 20-19 cushion with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third period. Gooley, Tatum Geerts and Danielle Adams all had baskets during the run, while Tara VanZuiden added a free throw.

“They’re quicker than they looked last night,” said McEwen of the Steamers. “They handled our press pretty well. We were giving up way too many easy baskets while pressing. I’d be surprised if we gave up one or two the night before.”

Mollie Enwright answered Fulton’s run by hitting the second of her three 3-pointers on the day, putting the River Queens ahead 22-20.

She added another trey later in the period as Clinton took a 26-24 lead into the final frame.

Clinton appeared to be pulling away for good with a 9-2 run early in the fourth period that turned a tie into a 35-28 lead with 4:50 to go.

Whitney Miller had four points during the spurt, while Ashley Enwright and Devvin Rolston each added two and Ellen Russell one.

But the Steamers battled back.

Trailing 37-33 with 3:06 to go, Fulton went on a 7-2 run to take a 40-39 lead with 2:00 remaining.

Gooley began the run with a basket, Adams sank a pair of free throws and Christine Abbott converted a traditional three-point play.

That’s when Russell stepped up for Clinton, as she turned in a traditional three-point play of her own to put the hosts ahead 42-40.

Clinton then forced a tie-up to get the ball back and Rolston scored inside to make it 44-40 with :51.5 left.

After a Fulton miss, Miller was fouled and made one free throw to put the River Queens ahead by five.

VanZuiden was fouled with :19.7 left and made both charity shots to bring the visitors within 45-42.

Mollie Enwright was fouled in the waning seconds and missed both shots, but the Steamers missed a chance at the tie when they threw the ball away just before time expired.

Clinton’s Miller and Fulton’s VanZuiden tied for scoring honors with 10 points apiece. The River Queens finished with 13 steals, with Russell leading the way with six.

“I’m very happy with our performance,” said Fulton coach Amanda Milem. “We’d gotten off to a rough start this year. We lost to Morrison, one of the top teams in our conference, and Northeast, a game where we didn’t play very well and they played very well. Even though it’s disappointing to lose to Clinton, we played much better. That’s a confidence-builder.”

Milem said beating Clinton’s press was critical.

“We haven’t seen that type of press much,” she said. “Between quarters and at halftime we discussed what we needed to do to break it. We also started driving to the basket more and drawing fouls, which led to some free throws.”

In Saturday’s first game, Maquoketa hung on to defeat Camanche 40-37.

Camanche held an 11-8 lead early in the second period when Kelsay McCausland sank a free throw, but the Cardinals retaliated with an 11-point run over the next six minutes to make it 19-11. Sadie Keeney sparked the spurt with four points.

Camanche closed out the half with a basket, but Maquoketa retained momentum and built its lead to 10 points at 29-19 on Kelsey Bollman’s basket late in the third period.

Bree Willis and McCausland each made buckets to close out the period, which not only reduced the gap to six but also gave the Indians new life.

They continued to draw closer in the fourth period and came within 31-30 on a 3-pointer by Cassie Willis with 6:15 remaining.

After Amanda Schmidt’s 10-footer pushed Maquoketa ahead by three, Casey Johnson drained a 3-pointer from the right side to tie the contest at 33-all with 2:32 left.

Bollman answered with a 16-footer and Jordan Davis, who made 13 of 14 free throws in the game, sank a pair of charity shots to put the Cardinals ahead by four with :42.1 left.

Cassie Willis then hit an eight-footer in the lane to bring the Indians within 37-35 with :19.6 left.

After a Camanche timeout, Davis was fouled and made both free throws to make it a four-point game.

Johnson was fouled with just over a second left and also made both shots to bring the Indians within 39-37.

Camanche fouled Davis with :00.8 left and she made one of two shots to push the Cardinals ahead by three.

The Indians then inbounded the ball, but couldn’t get a shot off before time ran out.

Davis finished with a game-high 17 points, while McCausland led the Indians with 10.

Score by Quarters

Maquoketa 8 11 10 11 —40

Camanche 9 4 10 14 —37



Amanda Schmidt 1-3 0-0 2, Kelsey Bollman 2-6 0-0 4, Jordan Davis 2-2 13-14 17, Hailey Bickford 0-2 0-0 0, Katie Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Nikki Patterson 3-8 1-6 7, Alesha Nickeson 2-2 0-0 4, Britttany Wilms 1-1 0-0 2, Sadie Keeney 2-6 0-3 4. Totals 13-31 14-23 40.


Cassie Willis 2-3 0-0 5, Bree Willis 2-5 0-0 4, Casey Johnson 1-5 5-6 8, Karissa Turner 1-1 0-1 3, Kelsay McCausland 3-6 4-6 10, Ally Steines 1-2 0-0 2, Clair Parker 1-3 0-0 2, Clarissa Stoll 0-1 1-2 1, Shawna Medinger 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 12-29 10-17 37.

3-point goals—Camanche 3 (C. Willis, Johnson, Turner). Rebounds—Maquoketa 17 (Davis 3, Bickford 3, Patterson 3, Nickeson 3, Keeney 3); Camanche 20 (McCausland 7, B. Willis 3, Medinger 3). Steals—Maquoketa 8 (Davis 4, Patterson 2); Camanche 5 (B. Willis 2). Turnovers—Maquoketa 11, Camanche 20. Total fouls—Maquoketa 12, Camanche 18. Fouled out—Maquoketa (Nickeson); Camanche (Parker).

Records—Maquoketa 1-1, Camanche 1-2. Next game—Maquoketa at Dyersville Beckman, Friday; Camanche at North Cedar, Friday.

Score by Quarters

Clinton 6 11 9 19 —45

Fulton 6 7 11 18 —42



Whitney Miller 3-10 4-8 10, Ellen Russell 3-4 2-5 8, Katie Crites 0-2 0-0 0, Mollie Enwright 3-10 0-2 9, Ashley Enwright 2-9 1-2 5, Devvin Rolston 3-7 0-2 6, Carly Green 3-5 1-4 7, Ashley Loerzel 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 17-48 8-25 45.


Kali Letcher 4-8 0-3 8, Devan Loncar 0-0 0-0 0, Tara VanZuiden 1-4 7-10 10, Ashley Wiersema 0-1 0-0 0, Christine Abbott 3-6 2-3 8, Tatum Geerts 0-4 3-5 3, Danielle Adams 2-6 3-4 7, MaKaylin Gooley 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 13-33 15-25 42.

3-point goals—Clinton 3 (M. Enwright 3); Fulton 1 (VanZuiden). Rebounds—Clinton 23 (Miller 5, A. Enwright 5, Green 5); Fulton 22 (VanZuiden 7, Adams 5). Steals—Clinton 13 (Russell 6, M. Enwright 2); Fulton 5 (Geerts 2). Turnovers—Clinton 16, Fulton 20. Total fouls—Clinton 18, Fulton 16. Fouled out—Clinton (Miller); Fulton (VanZuiden).

Records—Clinton 2-0, Fulton 0-3. Next games—Bettendorf at Clinton, Thursday; Fulton at Geneseo, Tuesday.

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