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The Clover High School girls’ basketball team entered this week2-0 following last Friday’s 62-24 conquest of visiting Hunter Huss.
Sophomore forward Elizabeth Edmunds, who scored 14 points, got the Lady Blue Eagles off to a roaring start with back-to-back baskets in the opening moments of the game.
Balanced scoring contributed to the offensive surge as the CHS girls built a 17-3 first quarter advantage.
Edmunds’ medium-range jumper pushed the lead to 19-7 as the Lady Blue Eagles continued to dominate in the second quarter.
Sophomore guard/forward Ryehia Robbins scored the next basket on a textbook assist from senior playmaker Aaliyah Knox.
Junior guard Zasu Carpenter finished with back-to-back baskets as the Lady Blue Eagles expanded the lead to 30-10 at halftime.
CHS head girls’ coach Sherer Hopkins said so many players getting into the game this early in the season should help the Lady Blue Eagles down the road.
Hopkins said she was pleased with the players’ overall performance at this stage of the season.
“We want to peak when region play begins,” Hopkins said.
Edmunds said ball movement from her teammates has given her the opportunity for double-digit scoring.
“We’ve had good team play and are playing together,” she said. “We’re working hard to play better defense.”
Edmunds said she devoted much time to improving her game during the summer.
“I am playing with more confidence,” she said.
Senior mainstay Aaliyah Knox, a swift playmaking guard, had another solid floor game against Hunter Huss.
“I play with passion and give it all, win or lose,” said Knox, who has assumed a leadership role this season. “I will take the ball to the hoop as often as I can, knowing that it’s an opportunity to score or draw a foul.”
Knox is a proven floor leader whose dribble penetration is among the region’s best.
“I think we’ll do well in the region this year,” she said.
Rounding out the scoring against Huss, Zasu Carpenter finished with 13, Ryehia Robbins 8, Maggie Ballard 5, Alexis Brice, Lauren Richardson and Knox, 4 each; Ashia Good and Shay Hall, 3 each and Logan Richardson and Katelynn Kipp, 2 each.
In the season opener last week, the Lady Blue Eagles bested Charlotte Country Day 42-31.
Edmunds scored a game-high 26 points. Robbins and Richardson each scored 7 points and Knox had 2.
The Lady Blue Eagles travel to Hunter Huss Friday for a 6:30 p.m. start.