The Clear Springs Chargers overcame an 11-point first quarter deficit and surged in the third quarter to defeat a Clear Brook Wolverines team that wasn’t messing around, 62-58, Friday night at Clear Brook High School.
University of Houston commit, senior Dymond Gladney, sat out the game’s first 5:54 and in the leading scorer’s absence (19.3 ppg), sloppy play and a hot Clear Brook team broke out to a 17-6 lead.
Gladney quickly made her presence felt, ripping a steal away from the Wolverines and sprinting the floor for an and-one lay-in, cutting the lead to 17-9 to open what would be an 18-5 run for the Chargers.
In the early moments of the second quarter, sophomore Blaise Blair, who quietly led the team with 18 points, sank a pair of free throws.
Gladney followed that up with another bucket and stole the ball on the next Clear Brook possession and eluded two defenders on the fast break for a layup, cutting the lead to 18-16.
Blair connected on another pair of free throws, and senior Taylor Singleton sank another bucket to tie the game at 20-20.
Gladney, on back-to-back possessions, found Blair and junior Darcy Davis to give the Chargers their first lead of the game, 24-22, with three minutes to play in the half, capping off the run.
Junior Vianey Galvan sank a 3-pointer to give the Chargers the lead, 31-29, and momentum going into the second half.
The Chargers spent the first half of the third quarter looking like the team that has dominated district play for better part of the past decade, dominating in all areas of the game.
Fueled by two put backs on offensive rebounds and an and-one finish by Singleton, the Chargers started the quarter on a 16-2 run, to open up a 47-31 lead.
The Wolverines did not go quietly, however, as the Chargers would need most of that 16-point advantage to stave off a furious Clear Brook team, which scored 11 points in the final 70 seconds of the game.
Following Blair with 18 points, was Gladney with 17 points and Singleton with 16 points.
The Chargers, who have completed a first half sweep of District 24-6A (7-0), will next face Friendswood at home 7 p.m. Tuesday.