Enquirer Herald

Layin' it on the line

CLOVER -- The Clover High School Blue Eagles were riding the momentum of a 65-57 overtime win over Hunter Huss entering this week's court action.

Sophomore standout Aaron Miller, whose quarterback play contributed to the CHS football team's nine-win season, made his presence felt from the outset against the visiting Huskies.

Miller opened the game with a basket from the three-point range and ended the first quarter with a three-point buzzer-beater, staking the Blue Eagles to a 16-9 lead.

But Hunter Huss gained the advantage in the second and third quarters, during which the Huskies went on a 15-point run.

Tyquan Alexander's thee-point shot to close the third quarter pushed the Huskies ahead 38-31.

The Blue Eagles were equal to the challenge, outscoring Huss 13-5 in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 56-54 in the four-minute overtime period, Miller canned another three-pointer for a 57-56 Clover lead.

"I felt confident taking the three-pointer," Miller said after the postgame celebration. "It was exciting when we regained the lead."

Senior mainstay Chris Lindsay followed with a driving layup, and the CHS boys never looked back.

Lindsay had a monster game with 17 points, eight steals and six assists.

"I saw an opening and took it to the basket," Lindsay said. "A lot of our points come from playing aggressive defense. It came at a crucial point in the game."

CHS head coach Dudley Lybrand said defensive play has been a key to the Blue Eagles' early-season success, stating, "We've had some tough games so far, struggling at times, but the defense has been a constant."

Lybrand was pleased with how the CHS boys were able to overcome the 15-point run by the Huskies.

"We made plays tonight," he noted. "We chipped away at their lead and made freethrows at the end."

Said Lybrand of the team's success formula this season, "We lack team height and depend on our guard play to make the difference.

"Our guards came through for us tonight."

The CHS boys defeated Ashbrook 67-48 on the road the previous night.

Wiley scored a game-high 25 points to pace the scoring. Lindsay was next with 15 points and Cody Bauer had 11.

Wiley found the range from three-point distance four times. Lindsay was true on three shots from beyond the arc and Bauer had two.

The next action is Tuesday at home against South Pointe.

Highlighting the December schedule will be participation in the Christmas in the Corner Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-31. Details to be announced.