They began the 2014-15 season in a rebuilding mode and qualified for the state AAAA playoffs. But the Clover High School girls’ basketball team fell to host Spartanburg 64-46 in an opening round playoff game.
The Vikings built a 21-point lead in the second quarter. They appeared to be in cruise control.
But the Lady Blue Eagles whittled away at Spartanburg’s lead and closed the gap to 10 points, with an 11-point run before the first half ended.
Clover picked up steam in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 17-11.
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The CHS girls continued to battle the favored Vikings, slicing the lead to nine points in the fourth quarter.
But Spartanburg expanded the lead and sealed the opening-round playoff win.
Lady Blue Eagle head coach Sherer Hopkins commended the players for “battling back and never giving up.”
“I am proud of our kids for their commitment to the program throughout the season,” Hopkins said of a roster that meshed newcomers and experienced players.
Hopkins lauded the CHS seniors for their contributions, including Elizabeth Edmunds, Sydney Sanders and Ryehia Robbins.
Edmunds, a 5-foot, 10-inch forward, has been the Lady Blue Eagles’ go-to player for much of her career.
Sanders is a 5-foot, 7-inch guard who triggers the offense with court vision and savvy. And Robbins is a 5-foot, 7-inch senior guard who had a team-high 20-point effort against Spartanburg, including four successful attempts from three-point range.
Among the first-year players carving their niche in the girls’ basketball program was ninth-grader Renee Carter.
“We felt the need to call Renee up to the varsity level at the beginning of the season,” said Hopkins. “We think the future looks bright for our program.”
Rounding out the scoring, Sanders, Carter and sophomore Lilly Wallace each scored 5 points, while Edmunds scored 4, Taylor Morneault had 3 and Missy Mavrogian and Amber Lipscomb scored 2 each.