Wisner-The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls Basketball Team thwarted any hopes Clarkson/Leigh had of advancing to a District Final and making State as the Bluejays knocked off the Patriots 54-33 in the D1-4 Sub-District Final at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night.
The Patriots led 9-8 at the end of the 1st quarter, but the Bluejays outscored Clarkson/Leigh 19-12 in the second frame to capture a 27-21 halftime lead.
GACC tripled up the Patriots 12-4 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 39-25 at the end of three.
The Bluejays outscored Clarkson/Leigh 15-8 in the 4th quarter.
Lexis Haase led GACC with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Ally Plagge added 10 points and 8 rebounds while Marissa Hunke scored 7 points.
Ashlynn Novotny paced the Patriots with 11 points.
GACC Head Coach Jerry Stracke says his team settled into the game after the 1st quarter. “I thought we were more relaxed, and we kind of settled down, and got into a groove. 1st quarter we were a little nervous I thought, played a little tight. And I thought as the game went along they did a lot better.”
Stracke adds it was a strong defensive performance by his team. “I thought it was a great effort defensively by everybody. Clarkson has some great players, they’re very good off the dribble. And I thought defensively we kind of shut that down a little bit. So I would have to give credit to everybody that was out on the floor.”
The Bluejays improve to 19-6 on the season and will face Weeping Water in the D1-2 District Final at Wahoo at 7:00 p.m. next Friday night.
Clarkson/Leigh ends the season at 14-10.
Clarkson/Leigh Head Coach Matt Murren’s squad brings back everybody next year. “We had two sophomores, two freshmen, and five juniors kind of in that 9 person rotation. And we got everybody back. We talked in the locker room. It stinks right now, and the kids are taking it hard, and they care. But everybody on this team’s got to do a little bit for each other. And whatever that skill is that we’ve got to work on individually, we’ve got to do it. And we’ll come back a better ball club next year.”