Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


December 27, 2013

Lady Cards jump to 2-0 in Dieterich

DIETERICH — North Clay and Brownstown/St. Elmo played within five points of each other for most of the first half, but the final two quarters were completely different.

The Cardinals (9-1) built a nine-point lead less than four minutes into the third quarter 44-35, after trailing at halftime. They scored the first 10 points of the quarter and took control of the game, winning 62-49.

Only 12 points were scored in the third quarter, all which were scored within the first four minutes of the quarter. The Bombers scored their first basket of the quarter with 4:06 left.

The Bombers only trailed by seven points, 44-37, after three quarters, but North Clay started the final quarter with a run that put them away to get an opening-round win in the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

North Clay scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to take a 52-37 lead with 6:13 remaining. The Cardinals were making shots and rebounding misses, but the Bombers weren't.

“There was a lid on the basket,” Brownstown/St. Elmo head coach Brian Pruett said. “It was two good offensive teams going at it. They were hitting their shots and we couldn't make ours.”

North Clay trailed 35-34 at halftime, but battled their way back into the game after Brownstown/St. Elmo took a 25-20 lead in the second quarter.

Carrsan Bible made a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left in the half to give the Cardinals a 34-33 lead, but the Bombers converted an offensive rebound into a layup as time expired to take the lead.

Brownstown/St. Elmo senior Molly Hill left the game with three fouls in the middle of the second quarter, but freshman Morgan Brown stepped up in her place to keep up the Bombers' scoring presence.

Brown scored 10 points, which was second on the team to Audriana Pruett's 13 points.

Five North Clay players reached double figures. Kortney Stanfield led all scorers with 14 points. Bible added 12. Rachel Smith and Mikayla Stanfield scored 11 points, apiece. Morgan Walker scored 10.

The Cardinals won their later game in the tournament, beating Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 56-45. Kortney Stanfield led all scorers with 18 points, while Bible added 16.

North Clay plays Casey-Westfield in the first game of the girls tournament at 10 a.m. Friday. Casey-Westfield beat CHBC, 80-48, in its only game on Thursday.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

North Clay          11 23 10 18     62

Brownstown/St. Elmo     13 22 2 12     49

North Clay: M. Stanfield 11, Bible 12, Lovett 4, Smith 11, Walker 10, K. Stanfield 14

BSE: Pruett 13, Oberlink 4, Austin 9, Fitch 5, Hill 2, Bone 6, Brown 10

North Clay                    11 21 7 17     56

Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City          10 9 16 10     45

North Clay: M. Stanfield 6, Bible 16, Smith 8, Walker 6, K. Stanfield 18, Wyatt 2

CHBC: Ward 10, Wehrle 2, Morrison 15, Herrmann 10, Sloan 2, Meek 6


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