The Clear Creek Wildcats escaped with a home victory Friday over the Clear Brook Wolverines, 41-40.
This win for the Wildcats keeps them in a spot to fight for playoff position. The Wildcats moved to 6-5 in district, while the Wolverines dropped to 4-7.
“It was a huge win,” said Clear Creek head coach Kristi Odom. “It’s big for my kids to stay in the game when shots aren’t falling and playing defense.”
The Wolverines were up by six at the half, but star player Celeste Clement had four fouls. Clement would end up not playing the full third quarter, which spelled bad news for the Wolverines.
“Get to the paint and stop shooting threes,” said Odom on her halftime message to the team. “When you’re shooting 16 percent, it’s not smart to keep chunking them up.”
In the third quarter, the Wildcats outscored the Wolverines, 16-6, and would take a four-point lead into the final quarter.
Clement came back into the game at the start of the fourth quarter and helped the Wolverines get back their lead. Odom called a timeout with just 25 seconds left in the game to draw up a play. Sam Simmons drove to hole for the layup and the game-winning basket.
“We need to score and get to the paint,” said Odom at the timeout with 25 seconds left in the game. “Attack if you have the lane.”
Simmons led the Wildcats with 10 points, including the game-winning layup. Kyndal Johnson contributed nine points.
The Wolverines’ Hailey Henry finished with 10 points, which included two from behind the arc. Nakayla Bell had nine points, six of them of came in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats have a tough game against Alvin next, while the Wolverines face Friendswood.