The Clinton County Lady Bulldogs pulled off an impressive win Tuesday night against Cumberland County, but lost Friday night to Russell County in what turned out to be closer than fans and players expected.
The Lady Dawgs moved to 8-10 on the season with the win and the loss, and move into All “A” play this week with a second round game on Wednesday night against the winner of the Metcalfe/Monroe County game.
Due to the conditions of the roadways, Monday night’s game was postponed until Tuesday night, too late for press deadline.
Clinton County 38
Russell County 53
The Clinton County Lady Bulldogs have improved over the course of the season and Friday night was an indication of that, playing Russell County and putting forth an effort that kept the Lady Dawgs in the game for all four periods.
Even though the final score saw Russell County take a 15 point win, Clinton County gave the 12-3 Lady Lakers a game that wasn’t expected by the Russell County players or fans.
During the two teams first match up on December 14, the Lady Lakers won the game by 34 points.
The game started with a two point advantage by the Lady Dawgs as Ansley Stalcup scored in the first 15 seconds.
Russell County quickly tied the score on a field goal, but a basket by Kayla Dicken put the Lady Dawgs in the lead, 4-2.
Russell County then tied the game and went up by six points on two field goals and two free throws, 10-4.
Alex Beard cut the lead to four with 1:29 on the clock, followed by one of two from the line with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter to get the Lady Dawgs to within three points, 10-7. Russell County finished the quarter with a field goal for a 12-7 advantage.
During the second quarter, Clinton County remained on point and kept the game close throughout the first five minutes.
Russell County grabbed a nine point lead with 4:44 on the clock, but Clinton County cut the lead to four with a three pointer by Beard and a field goal by Dicken, 20-16.
Russell County finished the half by putting together a 6-2 run for a 26-18 halftime lead.
The game remained under 10 points for the Lady Dawgs until the 5:30 mark when Russell County hit a three pointer to move ahead 33-21.
The Lady Dawgs would later cut the lead to 10 points after both teams traded baskets for three minutes. Beard made a three point play with 3:10 on the clock to trail, 37-27.
The third quarter ended with Clinton County hitting only one free throw compared to Russell County adding five more points to the board, 42-28.
The final quarter saw both teams almost matching each other point for point. Even though the Lady Dawgs outscored Russell County in the final quarter alone, the damage had already been done.
The Lady Dawgs moved to 8-10 on the year with the 53-38 loss.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
Clinton County 47
Cumberland County 42
Although the Lady Dawgs did win on Tuesday night against Cumberland County, 47-42, Clinton County had their work cut out for them with both teams winning games against each other in two different outings.
The last loss against Cumberland County came in the Lady Dawgs’ Best of the Lakes Holiday Classic. Cumberland County defeated Clinton County in triple overtime, 76-70.
Tuesday night’s game saw a more improved and move motivated Lady Dawg squad take the floor.
During the first quarter, both teams kept it close, but Clinton County’s shots were not falling. Clinton County found themselves with a three point lead after one, 9-6.
As the second quarter got underway, the Lady Dawgs continued to struggle from the floor, as Cumberland County put together a 9-4 run to tie the score at 13 with 2:38 remaining before halftime. Adding to Cumberland County’s run, the Lady Panthers took a two point lead, 15-13, but Beard scored back-to-back baskets to give the Lady Dawgs a two point lead at the half, 17-15.
The third quarter played out in spurts for both teams. Clinton County would score several points, followed by Cumberland County scoring several points. The lead went back and forth several times and saw Cumberland County take a four point lead at the 3:22 mark, 24-20.
Clinton County responded with a three pointer and a field goal by Stalcup, 25-24.
Beard hit a field goal at the 1:27 mark to give the Lady Dawgs a three point lead, 27-24.
The Lady Dawgs’ defense was key into allowing them to grab the lead back from Cumberland County. Clinton County threw a full court press at Cumberland County that led to steals and easy, quick baskets.
The Lady Dawgs finished the quarter on a 17-9 run to take a 10 point lead after three quarters, 34-24.
The fourth quarter saw that 10 point advantage slip away for Clinton County as the Lady Panthers’ shot started to fall.
Cumberland County put together a 10-2 run to tie the game at 36.
At the 3:12 mark, Dicken hit two free throws followed by a three point play to give the Lady Dawgs a five point lead, 41-36.
In the final minutes, all Clinton County needed to do was run the clock out and keep Cumberland County from getting close to the basket.
A seven point lead for Clinton County with 33 seconds was quickly cut to four on a three pointer by Cumberland County, but their effort was too late as Whitney Bookout added one more point to the Lady Dawgs score with 0.01 on the clock for a 47-42 win.
Clinton County’s win against Cumberland County more than secured a number three seed in this year’s district tournament. Russell County is currently undefeated in district play, 5-0, and Metcalfe County is 4-2 on the year.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
Clinton County will be back in action on Wednesday night as the second round of the All “A” Classic Regional Tournament gets underway. The Lady Dawgs will host Monroe County at 7:45 p.m.
Ansley Stalcup put up a jumper during the first half against Cumberland County on Tuesday. Clinton County won the game, 47-42. Stalcup finished the game with 23 points.
Whitney Bookout put up a shot during Clinton County’s Tuesday game against Cumberland County. Clinton County won the game, 47-42.