Defending region champ Lady Blue Eagles to face York

genegraham@comporium.netJanuary 11, 2013 

— The Lady Blue Eagles of Clover High School — 12-2 and 4-0 in Region 3-AAAA entering this week’s play — make the trek to rival York Friday for their annual “Pink Out” game to raise awareness of cancer research.

Tipoff time is slated for 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys varsity game with York slated for 8 p.m.

“Aside from the rivalry on the court, the CHS girls make it a goal to raise money and awareness for a disease that affects so many families,” head coach Sherer Hopkins said of the annual fundraiser. “The rivalry is huge, but with a bigger cause in mind to defeat cancer.”

This year, profits from the sale of T-shirts and donations at the door Friday night will go to Clover and York high schools to help a student with cancer or the family of a student, according to Pink Out organizer Paula Blackwell.

“We want the money to go directly back into the two communities to help offset the cost of fighting cancer,” she said.

The teams will wear T-shirts with the cure message to warm up and fans can purchase the shirts at the door for $10.

In addition to the purchase of T-Shirts, York and Clover fans can make donations at the door Friday night. There will be separate containers for fans from each school to donate.

Women’s T-shirts will include the familiar theme “Playing for the Cure,” while the men’s T-shirts will say, “Real Men Wear Pink.”

Total donations from each school will be announced during halftime of the boys game.

The Lady Blue Eagles are riding the momentum a 2-1 showing in the prestigious Carolina Classic last month, followed by Friday’s 52-31 conquest of region foe Fort Mill.

Hopkins noted that recent tournament competition as well as the early success in region play have given the mix of seniors and underclassmen confidence heading into the final month and a half of the season.

Seniors Aaliyah Knox, all-tournament at the Carolina Classic, and Lauren Richardson are leading the team in assists and rebounding, respectively. Sophomores Elizabeth Edmunds and Ryehia Robbins are pacing the team in scoring to create a successful mix of the young and the experienced.

Hopkins has relied on this group's ability to generate turnovers with suffocating defense, which has become a staple of the team's success.

Clover is only giving up 30 points per game through the first 14 games.

“The key for the Lady Blue Eagles to maintain their success for the remainder of the season will be to consistently knock down shots while continuing to maintain a defensive prowess,” Hopkins said.

After a slow start, the CHS girls turned it up defensively and pulled away from Fort Mill for the Region 3-AAAA win.

The Lady Blue Eagles generated 25 turnovers for the game en route to the decisive win.

After falling behind 11-8 in the first quarter, Clover had a dominant second quarter, outscoring the Lady Jackets 13- 3 and leading 21-14 at the half.

The CHS girls opened the third quarter with a 13-point advantage and cruised to the region win.

The Lady Blue Eagles were led by senior guard Alexis Brice, who had a game high 15 points.

Rounding out the scoring, Knox had 8 points; Robbins, 7; Elizabeth Edmunds, 6; Breshayla Hall, 4; Zasu Carpenter and Richardson, 4 each; and sophomore Sydney Sanders, 3 points.

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