Clear Springs’ trademark high-energy defense had a dominant showing, as the Chargers pulled away from the Clear Falls Knights in the second quarter and cruised to a 54-25 road win Tuesday.
“There’s still a lot of things we need to work on, a lot of things we need to clean up with turnovers, but, overall, I’m very happy with the way we played,” Clear Springs head coach Pam Crawford said.
After winning the first quarter, 13-7, a Sierra Cheatham 3-pointer kicked off an 11-0 run for the Chargers in a second quarter that saw the game quickly get out of hand.
“We came out flat, but it also has a lot to do with their tenacious defense,” Clear Falls head coach Shannon Osborne said. “It’s just a nightmare. … They’re a very, very good high school team.”
Point guard Dymond Gladney also was a key figure in what turned out to be a game-changing run, scoring on a layup and dishing a nice assist to Taylor Singleton for a layup. Tasharian Robinson capped the run with a steal and a fast-break lay-in.
Clear Springs kept the pressure cranked up on defense, and took a 32-10 lead into the halftime break after a second quarter where the Chargers held Clear Falls without a made field goal and just three points on 3-for-6 free-throw shooting.
“We were very focused because we have a lot of respect for Clear Falls,” Crawford said. “We take nothing for granted. We knew they were going to come out and play hard to get a win, so we were focused from the beginning to the end because we knew we had to be.”
A slower-paced third quarter saw both teams go scoreless for nearly 4 minutes until a Robinson 3-pointer broke the drought. After that, neither team scored until there was less than 2 minutes to go in the period and Hannah Falls scored a basket in the paint for the Knights’ first points of the quarter (which Clear Springs won, 7-4).
“We started off OK in the first quarter, but after that, we got so hesitant; even our shooters were coming out hesitant,” Osborne said. “So, all we can do is lace up again on Wednesday and see if we can get better at this game.”
Clear Falls had its best scoring quarter of the game in the fourth, but Clear Springs still won the final frame, 15-11.
The Chargers got balanced scoring in the win, with Cheatham and Robinson each recording a game-high 10 points. Gladney tallied nine points, and Audrey Wandji pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with three points.
Falls led the Knights with eight points and six rebounds.
Up next for Clear Springs (6-0 in District 24-6A) is a home game 7 p.m. Friday against Clear Brook (2-4). Clear Falls (4-2) closes out the first half of district play 7 p.m. Friday at Alvin (2-4).