The Clover High School girls’ basketball team defeated Hunter Huss 57-30 on the road.
The Lady Blue Eagles outscored the Huss girls 14-5 in the first quarter.
Clover built a 31-15 halftime advantage and expanded the lead to 42-25 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Earlier last week, Lady Blue Eagles fell to Ashbrook 49-35 at home in a closely-contested battle for much of the game.
Clover’s Ryeha Robbins scored early and often and the first quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 9-9.
Guard Sydney Sanders, with help from teammates Elizabeth Edmunds and Robbins, gave the Clover girls a 19-17 halftime advantage.
Ashbrook used full-court press tactics to regain the lead and build the margin to double-digits in the third quarter, extending to the fourth quarter.
“They used some junk defenses in the third quarter and we didn’t respond,” head coach Sherer Hopkins said.
Despite the loss, Hopkins said she saw positive signs that she believes will help the team as the season progresses.
“Our kids do not give up,” she said. “They play hard.”
Hopkins uses nonregion games as a means of evaluating the players before Region III-AAAA play kicks in.
“We’re still looking for the right combinations at this stage of the season,” said Hopkins, a Clover native and a former Lady Blue Eagle basketball standout. “We need to get ready for region play and settle into our game.”
Sanders, a mainstay in the back court, has a good idea what it will take to get the program where it needs to be.
“We have young players who do not have the experience it takes to break the press,” she said. “It’s up to the seniors to provide the leadership and to help them on the court.”
Sanders said she is confident in a leadership role for the Lady Blue Eagles.
“We need to come together, blending the young players with experienced players,” she said. “We’ll be OK. We need to play our game.”
After Ashbrook built a 16-point lead in the latter stages of the third quarter, the CHS girls sliced the lead to 10 (37-27) in the fourth quarter.
A basket by Edmunds, a steal by Kerrington Barnes and free throws by Renee Carter contributed to Clover’s brief rally.
But Ashbrook answered and held on down the stretch for the win.
The Lady Blue Eagles travel to Nation Ford Friday for region action at 6:30 p.m. The girls’ JV game is at 5 p.m.