Fort Mill Times

Lady Blue Eagles fall to Northwestern, shift focus to York

Seeking to notch another win in Region III-AAAA play, the Clover High School varsity girls’ basketball team travels to York Friday.

Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in the York Comprehensive High School main gym.

“We always look forward to the York game,” said Lady Blue Eagle head coach Sherer Hopkins. “It is a big rivalry. We enjoy playing against Paula Blackwell’s team.”

Clover High School senior mainstay Elizabeth Edmunds said the game means a lot to the seniors.

“We will make sure the young players on the team realize what the rivalry means,” she said.

Though the CHS girls were beaten 52-34 Friday, the Lady Blue Eagles had their moments against a Northwestern team that is unbeaten in the region.

Lilly Wallace got things off to a good start for Clover when she scored the game’s first basket for a 2-0 lead. Moments later, Edmunds scored, pushing Clover ahead, 4-1.

After the Lady Trojans moved ahead 11-4, Wallace closed the first quarter with a basket that sliced Northwestern’s lead to 11-6.

With the visitors leading 13-6 in the early moments of the second quarter, Wallace score again, reducing the advantage to five at 13-8.

But Northwestern was able to pull away in the quarter to lead 26-11 at the halfway point.

The teams battled on near-even terms in the third quarter, with Ryeha Robbins and Renee Carter each scoring twice for the home-standing CHS girls.

Northwestern was able to seal the win with a strong finish in the final stages of the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, the Lady Blue Eagles had stellar individual play, including from Lynsey Comalander, who scored 10 points to lead the team’s offensive production.

She finished the game with a scoring flurry, nailing a three-pointer, then scoring the game’s final basket off the steal.

“Northwestern played well and was able to pull away in the second quarter,” Hopkins said. “Our kids are playing hard. We want to get back to winning in the region.”

Comalander, who brings energy to the lineup and often breaks a smile in the heat of the action, talked about her passion for the game.

“I enjoy playing basketball,” she said. “I’ve been playing since I was little. God blessed me with the ability to play basketball.”

She said a simple grin in a tense situation is her way of picking up her teammates. “I play with confidence,” she said. “I don’t care how down we are, I will bust my butt.”

With Comalander leading the scoring, Robbins and Wallace each scored seven points. Edmunds, who sat out much of the game with foul trouble, and Carter scored four points apiece, with Sydney Sanders and Taylor Momault each contributing a free throw.