The Lady Dawgs picked up a win this week against Bethlehem on Saturday to improve its record to 10-12 on the year.
The Lady Dawgs trailed after the first quarter, 19-10, but rallied in the second to take the lead at halftime, 28-25.
Clinton County remained on top during the third quarter, by outscoring Bethlehem 15-13, for a third quarter score of, 43-38.
In the fourth quarter, Clinton County had offense and defense going, scoring 17 points in the period while holding Bethlehem to only 10.
Clinton County’s 10th win of the season came with the 60-48 victory over the Banshees.
Clinton County 48
McCreary Central 50
On Tuesday night, Clinton County hosted McCreary Central in a girls’ junior varsity/varsity game that came down to the final seconds only to see Clinton County come off with a loss, 50-48.
The game started off with another rejump, as described in the Bulldogs game last week. Two players, who didn’t jump in the opening jump, were forced to do a re-jump due to the ball going out of bounds with no clear possession off the initial tip.
The Lady Dawgs kept McCreary close in the first quarter, matching the Lady Raiders point for point. The game was tied at the end of the first, 16-16, as McCreary Central hit three of four from the three point line.
During the second quarter, Clinton County’s defense picked up and held the Lady Raiders to only six points for the entire period.
The Lady Dawgs went on a scoring spree, adding 15 points to the home side of the scoreboard for a 31-22 halftime lead.
During the first half, Clinton County only missed four free throws while making 12 for 75 percent.
McCreary Central came out in the second half and put together an 11-2 run that tied the game at 33 all.
Shyanne McWhorter stopped the bleeding with a three pointer to regain the lead, but a three point play and a field goal put the Lady Raiders up by two midway through the third period, 38-36.
Clinton County struggled to regain the lead as McCreary Central’s hot shooting continued to be a factor.
The Lady Raiders led at the end of the third quarter, 42-39 and didn’t stop as the fourth quarter began.
To open the final period, McCreary Central hit one free throw for a four point lead. Ansley Stalcup hit a field goal to cut the lead to two points, but another field goal by the Lady Raiders extended the lead back to four, 45-41.
Alex Beard kept the Lady Dawgs in the game with a basket to get back to within two points, but two free throws with 1:34 on the clock.
McCreary Central then loses two players in nine seconds, due to fouls, giving Clinton County a chance at the lead.
Stalcup went to the line with 1:17 on the clock, hitting one of two to cut the lead to three, 47-44.
McCreary County then hit two free throws on its next possession to push the lead to five, with a minute remaining.
Clinton County’s Tara Elmore hit a huge three pointer with 49 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to four points, 49-47.
In the closing seconds, Clinton County missed three shots to get closer to the lead, but on the rebound of the final shot, the Lady Dawgs fouled to stop the clock, sending McCreary Central to the line.
McCreary Central hit one of two from the line to extend the lead to three points, 50-47, with 13 seconds remaining.
Clinton County’s final possession of the game ended without a field goal, but a chance to cut the lead to one point with two free throws by Stalcup. Stalcup hit the first and put the second one up too hard, not hitting the rim.
With 1.9 seconds on the clock, all McCreary Central had to do was get the ball inbounds, but a long throw to the other end of the floor and with nobody touching the basketball, brought the ball back to Clinton County with 1.9 on the clock and a chance for one more shot.
As the ball was inbounded, Elmore received the pass and put up a shot, but it rimmed out. As the buzzer sounded, Clinton County lost the game by two points, 50-48.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
Clinton County was back at home on Tuesday, too late for press dealine, against Wayne County and will be at home on Saturday, February 2, against Pulaski County.
Alex Beard put up a three pointer in the first half against McCreary Central Tuesday night. Beard finished the game with six points.
Kayla Dicken struggled from the floor during Tuesday night’s game against McCreary Central, but managed to make this shot in the lane during the first half of play. Dicken finished the game with six points. Clinton County was defeated in the game, 50-48.
Head Coach Darrell Thompson took a timeout during the first half against McCreary Central Tuesday night. The Lady Dawgs picked up play in the second quarter, after being tied after one period, 16-16. Clinton County led a the half, 31-22, but lost the game, 50-48.