CC-E girls bottle up WB-M
EVERLY — The Clay Central-Everly girls brought pressure from the tip Monday against West Bend-Mallard, and the Wolverines simply had no answer, scoring just 13 points in the first half of a 55-42 Maverick victory.
“We started off with our press, and that got us into the game early,” CC-E girls basketball coach Lester Tessum said. “We were able to get some turnovers, and we caused them to speed up a little bit.”
The early turnovers led to a 17-4 run to start the game with four different Mavs cracking into the scoring column.
WB-M closed the first quarter well to make it a 19-9 game, but a messy second quarter for both teams went in CC-E’s favor as the Mavs held a 29-13 halftime advantage.
Tessum called off the dogs in the second half, dropping back to half-court defense midway through the third quarter with his team up 40-16 with the help of some quality offensive execution.
“If the girls had patience and ran their sets, we had some really good looks at the basket,” Tessum explained.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of those looks was senior Hannah Stimson who led the Mavs with 16 points and eight boards.
“That’s probably Hannah’s best overall game in four years,” Tessum said. “She was just a real force in the middle tonight, getting baskets and rebounds.”
The Wolverines closed the gap with CC-E softening up its defense, leading to the 55-42 final score.
Carissa Doran and EmmaKay McClain joined Stimson in double figures with 13 points each. Doran added three assists, three rebounds and a steal while McClain finished with three steals and five rebounds.
“Getting three girls in double figures is huge,” Tessum said. “That’s already 50 points right there, so that makes us hard to beat.”
The victory moves CC-E to 2-1 on the year ahead of a home game against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Tuesday night.