The annual Pink Out fundraiser to fight cancer will be in conjunction with Friday’s Clover-York girls’ basketball game.
The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Clover High School main gym.
“We sold a total of 195 shirts,” said assistant coach Shakkia Walker. A donation bucket will be available for York and Clover fans.
Walker said on the back of the players’ shirts, the event will honor head coach Sherer Hopkins with a gray ribbon, which symbolizes brain cancer. Hopkins has been battling that since December 2013.
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“Also on the back, engraved in yellow, will be Shoot, Score and Survive,” she said. “This will be in honor of Alex Lamparter, a junior at CHS who has stage 4 bone cancer.”
Walker said the funds raised will be split among Relay for Life, Duke University Medical Center and to St. Jude.
The Lady Blue Eagles defeated Shelby 41-30 at home Friday. Seniors Sydney Sanders and Elizabeth Edmunds led the scoring for Clover with 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the nonregion game.
The CHS girls came alive in the second quarter, scoring 15 points. They had good point production in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points.
“This was a great team win to prepare us for the final two region games,” said Walker.
The Lady Blue Eagles picked up a big region win at Fort Mill earlier last week, prevailing 54-46.
“We were pleased with a road win in region play,” said Hopkins. “We were patient on offense, played good defense and took care of the ball.”
Edmunds, who paced the scoring with 14 points, agreed with her coach that it was a good win on the road.
“We’re excited to win a rivalry game like this,” said Edmunds. “It’s a huge win as a confidence-builder, especially for the younger players. We know we can beat people.”
Sanders, the team’s floor leader who scored eight points, was upbeat after the game. “It was the team playing together for a big win, a confidence-builder for our remaining games,” she said.
After falling behind 12-11 in the first quarter, the CHS girls had a 12-4 run in the second quarter and led 23-16 at the half.
Rounding out the scoring, Ryehia Robbins finished with 10 points for Clover. Lynsey Comalander scored 8 points; Renee Carter, 6; Kerrington Barnes and Lilly Wallace, 3 each; and Joelle Keffer, 2.
Edmunds, an all-region candidate once again, was already thinking about the York game.
“This is the last game I’m gonna have against York,” she noted. “It’ll be the largest crowd of the year. Awesome!”
Hopkins said the game is a big event. “It’s a big rivalry and for a great cause,” she said.