CLIFTON – Despite a slow start in the Hamilton Tournament Nov. 21-23, the Clifton Lady Cub girls basketball team finished strong to take a two-game winning streak into a week-long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Lady Cubs return to action today when they host Bruceville-Eddy as the Junior Varsity tips off at 5 p.m., followed by Varsity at 6:30 p.m.
During the early going this season, the Lady Cubs (4-4) have been led by seniors Kamryn Kettler, Dacey Dietiker and Josephine Burke. Ketter leads Clifton in scoring with 8.4 points per game, followed by Burke with 7.5 and Dietiker with 6.8, while Dietiker tops the team with 9.6 rebounds per game, followed by Kettler with 8.0 and Burke with 7.6.
After opening the season with back -to-back losses against Hillsboro, 49-34, Nov. 9 and at Goldthwaite, 68-28, Nov. 12, the Lady Cubs survived a hard-fought battle with Meridian to pull out a 35-33 victory. Kettler led the Lady Cubs with 11 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Dietiker with 10 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.
“We had a slow start and struggled to control our composure,” Clifton girls basketball head coach Whitney Holdbrook said. “But in the second half against Goldthwaite, we came out with an entirely new energy level. We showed the composure I knew we were capable of the second half and executed our offensive and defensive plan.
“Then against Meridian, the game highlighted our team’s defensive strength. We struggled getting shots to fall throughout the game, but our team came together and showed some great defense.”
In the Hamilton Tournament, Clfton opened with back-to-back losses to Brady, 29-23, and Comanche, 44-37, before turning it around with wins over Mineral Wells, 40-32, and Llano, 38-26.
Photos by DAVID HARDING
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