Enquirer Herald

CHS girls dominate at home

CLOVER -- Seeking to rebound from a 41-34 loss to Gastonia's Ashbrook the previous night, the Lady Blue Eagles of Clover High School took care of business in a huge way when Hunter Huss came calling last week.

After leading 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, the CHS girls outscored the visitors from across the state border 30-9 the next two quarters.

The senior threesome of Jaclin Poole, Stephanie Dover and Rachel Newmister had a major impact on the outcome with their floor presence on both ends of the court.

Poole scored 10 points and hauled in six rebounds.

Dover, a preseason all-region selection, finished with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Newmister contributed with six points, three rebounds and five assists.

"We got up and didn't let them back in the game," Newmister said of the team's mindset for Hunter Huss.

Dover said the Lady Blue Eagles weren't ready to play the previous game but things were different against the Huskies.

"It was more of a team effort tonight and we played better defense," she said.

Dover said the seniors have been there and know what to do in game situations.

"We trust each other," noted the CHS post player. "We are excited about the season and look forward to region play."

Poole agrees.

"We have the potential to do well in the region," she said. "A key to the team's success is to execute the plays we go over in practice in our games."

Head coach Mike Pearson was pleased with how the Lady Blue Eagles rebounded from the loss to Ashbrook.

"It was a good team win," he said. "We had eight players score six or more points."

Pearson said he was concerned about senior leadership when the season started, but not anymore.

"I've been pleased the way our seniors have provided leadership as a group," the CHS coach said. "We have an unselfish team, with so many players contributing."

Pearson said much time is being devoted to team chemistry and the rotation of players at this stage of the season.

"I have high expectations for this team," he said. "Our No. 1 goal is to win the region."

The Lady Blue Eagles played Ashbrook at home and Rock Hill on the road Monday and Tuesday.

The next action is Tuesday at home against South Pointe at 6:30 p.m.

The CHS girls will participate in the Shootout by the Sea Holiday Tournament Dec. 20-23. Details to be announced.