The Clover High School girls’ basketball team was clicking on all cylinders Friday in defeating Hunter Huss 61-33 at home.
The Lady Blue Eagles assumed command from the outset, exploding to a 15-1 first-quarter lead. By halftime, the CHS girls had expanded the lead to 31-12.
With head coach Sherer Hopkins using a lot of players in the second half, Clover continued to expand the lead.
The Lady Blue Eagles opened regular-season play with a 57-47 loss to Kings Mountain on Dec. 1, in a game that was closely-contested until Kings Mountain was able to pull away in the fourth quarter.
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After falling behind 16-8 in the first quarter of the Kings Mountain game, the Lady Blue Eagles exploded offensively in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 23-8.
Clover maintained its lead at the conclusion of the third quarter.
“We had a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter,” said assistant coach Shakkia Walker.
“We had a scoring drought in the fourth quarter, with our only points coming at the free throw line,” she said. “Kings Mountain is a tough place to play, a small gym.”
Walker said ninth-grader Renee Carter has been a pleasant surprise, contributing to the team’s offensive production and averaging eight rebounds per game from her forward position.
“She’s doing a good job and filling some big shoes,” Walker said. “This team has a lot of potential. They worked hard in the offseason and they play hard.
Senior mainstay Elizabeth Edmunds, a preseason all-region selection and the team’s go-to player offensively, said she feels good about the Lady Blue Eagles’ potential.
“We are playing well and still learning plays,” she said.
At 5-10, Edmunds makes her presence felt under the basket and developed a long-range shooting touch two years ago.
“My shot was a little off early in the season but I think I’ll be fine,” said Edmunds.
She, too has been impressed with newcomer Carter’s contributions. “Her scoring and rebounding have helped us,” Edmunds said.