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Defensive effort comes up short for Clymer

January 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Black Knights (5-5) held off the Clymer Lady Pirates (4-7), 46-43, last week at Silver Creek High School, as Maddy Eggleston led the way with a game-high 17 points.

"It was Maddy's best offensive output this season," Silver Creek head coach Tammy Rice said. "But I've had several girls who have had big games. And that's the good thing about this team. If one girl isn't doing all the scoring, other girls can step up."

The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 12-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Black Knights came back with a 16-point effort in the second quarter to send the game into halftime knotted at 25-all.

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Silver Creek’s Harmonie Eggleston takes a shot during the Jan. 6 non-league girls high school basketball game.

"Clymer plays very intense man-to-man defense," Rice noted. "So we started out frazzled and it took us some time to get into our offense and settle down."

In the second half, Maddy Eggleston really took over as she scored 13 of her 17 points to help the Black Knights take a 33-29 lead into the game's final eight minutes, where she scored nine points to help Silver Creek hold on for the win.

"She had a phenomenal second half," Rice said. "She settled into the right mindset and just played and her output showed that."

Although Clymer made a run in the fourth quarter - outscoring the home team 14-13 - it could not complete the comeback.

"Clymer is a great team," Rice said. "They work really hard, they have a wonderful attitude and a great coach. The last time we played them it was a three-point game and it was a three-point game this time. You can't ask for better basketball."

Maddie's twin sister, Kennedy, added eight points and six rebounds in the win while Sarah Adams chipped in seven points and five steals. Emily Seneca charted eight rebounds and as many points for the Black Knights.

"This is probably the best team basketball I've seen them play all year," Rice said of her team.

For the Lady Pirates, Becca King had a team-high 11 points while Lauren Dunnewald chipped in nine points. Jessie Kibbe and Libby Heil had eight points each in the loss.


SHERMAN - Abbey Cole had a double-double for Sherman on Friday night in CCAA?West 2 girls basketball.

Cole scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated Westfield, 59-24.

Katie Pacy also had 11 points, Shenley Luden added 10 and Roxanne Toy contributed nine in the winning attack. Bridget Yaw had five assists and Yaw picked up four steals while Toy rejected six shots for the Wildcats (6-3, 2-1).

Cole had five points in the first quarter when the Wildcats built a 15-4 cushion.

Westfield (4-7, 0-4) was led by eight points from Maddison Knapp.


MAYVILLE - Jesse Zenns took her turn to shine for Chautauqua Lake (4-6, 1-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 5 as she lifted the Lady Thunderbirds to a 43-38 victory over Maple Grove in CCAA West 1 girls high school basketball.

Zenns had 16 points and 18 rebounds.

"Jesse came up big for us," Chautauqua Lake coach Eric Schuster said. "She demanded the basketball. She got some big rebounds and put up a few big points."

Chautauqua Lake outscored Maple Grove in the first and second quarters for a 24-13 halftime lead. The Red Dragons did not go away quietly, however, as they outscored the home team, 25-19, in the second half. Despite trailing by as many as 13 in the second half, Maple Grove got to within five points with two minutes remaining.

Schuster also noted the play of Sam Gleason, who had seven points and four steals. Taylor Phelps contributed with nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.



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