TURNING IT AROUND: Lady Cubs visit state-ranked West coming off win

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CLIFTON – After opening the second round of District 17-3A competition with a tough loss to 25th-ranked Whitney, the Clifton Lady Cub girls basketball team won for the second time in the last four games by dismantling the Harmony School of Innovation, 53-22, last Friday night.

But playing in a district loaded with state-ranked teams, the Lady Cubs (3-6 in district, 12-16 overall) travel to West to take on the 21st-ranked Lady Trojans (7-2, 22-6) today at 6 p.m.

“The girls gave a great defensive effort,” Clifton girls basketball head coach Whitney Holdbrook said. “They implemented a new defense that we have been working on in practice, and it really allowed them to put more pressure on the ball.”

After building a comfortable 24-14 advantage by halftime, the Lady Cubs (3-6, 12-16) poured it on in the second half, outscoring Harmony, 28-8, on their way to a convincing victory.

Senior Kamryn Kettler led Clifton with 14 points and 16 rebounds, followed by senior Josephine Burke with 13 points and 16 boards. Senior Daniella Gaona added seven points, three assists and five steals, while senior Dacey Dietiker tossed in six points and pulled for 15 rebounds.

In other District 17-3A action last Friday night, Grandview edged West, 40-39, in a showdown for first place, Maypearl knocked off Whitney, 54-44, and Keene defeated Rio Vista.

Tuesday’s district matchups include ninth-ranked Grandview (8-1, 24-4) travels to Keene (4-5, 9-9), 25th-ranked Whitney (6-3, 23-6) hosts Rio Vista (1-8, 2-13), and Harmony School of Innovation (0-9, 1-10) visits Maypearl (7-2, 20-6).

Photos by VALERIE BROWN, Clifton High School Yearbook Staff