Dawgs make it to championship game of Lloyd Memorial Tournament

Posted January 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

The Bulldogs traveled to Covington, KY this past weekend to participate in the Lloyd Memorial Classic. Clinton County put itself in the position to play in the championship game on Saturday night by picking up two wins in pool play.

However, the Bulldogs lost Saturday night’s championship game to Covington Catholic and move to 9-4 on the year.

Clinton County 65

Villa Madonna 47

Clinton County won its first game in the Lloyd Memorial Classic Thursday by defeating Villa Madonna 65-47.

The Bulldogs opened the game by scoring 23 points to Villa Madonna’s six in the first quarter.

During the second quarter, Clinton County outscored Villa Madonna 21-15 for a 44-21 halftime lead.

For the remainder of the game, Clinton County coasted, picking up 21 points in the final two quarters to Villa Madonna’s 26.

From the floor, Clinton County shot 25 of 42, including two of 10 from the three point line. From the foul line, Clinton County hit nine of 11 for 81 percent.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Langford 21

Dalton 13

F. England 12

Davis 6

G. England 4

Beard 3

Cook 2

Nelson 2

Claywell 2

Clinton County 48

Cooper 46

As Clinton County’s second game of the tournament got underway, the Bulldogs found itself down in the early part of the contest, 15-2, at the 3:10 mark.

From that point on, Clinton County played catch up.

The Bulldogs were down 15-9 after the first quarter and 24-20 at halftime. But, by the end of the third quarter, Clinton County was only down by four points, 32-28.

With two minutes remaining in the game, Clinton County was down seven points. Lance Claywell hit a three pointer from the left corner and was fouled on the shot. He went to the line and made it a four point play. The Bulldogs then made a defensive stop on Cooper and regained possession of the ball.

Claywell again knocked down a three pointer to take a two point lead. Cooper, on the next possession, hit two free throws to tie the game at 46.

Clinton County held the ball for the last possession as point guard Keifer Dalton took control.

He dribbled at the defender at the top of the key, made a crossover, and went to his right side where he got off a shot at the edge of the free throw line. The ball traveled all around the rim and finally dropped in at the buzzer to give Clinton County the win, 48-46.

Clinton County shot 18 of 40, including four of 10 from the three point line. The Bulldogs also hit eight of 10 from the foul line.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Langford 14

Dalton 10

England 8

Claywell 7

Nelson 4

Beard 3

Davis 2

Clinton County 44

Covington Catholic 77

During the championship game of the Lloyd Memorial Classic, Clinton County couldn’t get the ball rolling in its direction Saturday night.

Clinton County was down by eight points after the first quarter, 19-11, 38-15 at halftime, 57-29 after three periods, with the final being 77-44.

After the tournament, Clinton County moved to 9-4 on the year.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Langford 16

Claywell 11

Dalton 8

Tallent 3

Davis 2

Anderson 2

Choate 2

Clinton County will be back in action Thursday night as the Bulldogs travel to Warren Central. Clinton County will also travel to Metcalfe County on Friday to take on the Hornets. Tip off is scheduled to follow the conclusion of girls’ varsity action, which will begin at 6 p.m.