Clover senior Cody Bauer is one of those kids whose shooting range starts when the gym doors open.
The senior put those skills on display with 29 points in the Blue Eagles' 78-55 win against the Rock Hill Bearcats in Region 4-AAA play Tuesday. Bauer hit seven 3-pointers to ignite a somewhat unexpected blowout for Clover (10-11, 2-5).
"It's been tough; we've lost a lot of tight games," Clover coach Dudley Lybrand said. "Tonight, we put it all together. When you shoot well and defend well, that's how it rolls."
Rock Hill (15-6, 2-5) led 13-11 after the first quarter, but the Blue Eagles took a 25-24 lead on Bauer's runner with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the half.
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Clover piled on an 11-3 run during a frantic final 1:19, with a dunk from Ashelyn Thomason and 3-pointers from Bauer and Taylor Hoover. The Blue Eagles led 38-29 at halftime.
That lead swelled to 49-29 with 5:35 left in the third after two more 3-pointers and three free throws from Bauer.
"Every coach in America talks about the first two or three minutes of the first quarter and the third quarter and how they set the tone," Lybrand said. "We needed that lead tonight."
Rock Hill's Eric Robinson kick-started a 12-0 in response with back-to-back buckets, and the Bearcats clawed to within 58-45 after three quarters.
Clover ended any come-back hopes, however, with a 13-2 run capped by Bauer's final 3-pointer of the game. Thomason added 18 points for the Blue Eagles.
Robinson led the Bearcats with 12 points. Jamel Jones added 10 points.
Clover 78, Rock Hill 55
Rock Hill: Malik Crawford 2, Jamel Jones 10, Eric Robinson 12, Eduardo Minuci 5, Jaylen Reid 8, Roderick Howell 2, Dre Williams 6, Jaleel Scott 2, Montez McCullough 2, Devonte Flemming 4, Barry McManus 2
Clover: Taylor Hoover 8, Jevon Blake 5, Devin Adams 9, Cody Bauer 29, Dreki Williams 9, Ashelyn Thomason 18
3-pointers: Rock Hill 5 (Williams 2, Reid 2, Minuci 1), Clover 9 (Bauer 7, Hoover 2)
Records: Rock Hill (15-6, 2-5), Clover (10-11, 2-5)