CLOVER — Elizabeth Edmunds, a 5-10 forward whose court presence is vital to the Lady Blue Eagles basketball team’s success, devoted much time to developing a shot from three-point range last season.
The junior standout picked up where she left off in Friday’s season-opener against visiting Hunter Huss, hitting the three-pointer and scoring a game-high 24 as the Clover High girls prevailed, 60-31.
With Edmunds, senior post player Telliya Patton and senior playmaking guard Zasu Carpenter leading the way, Clover bolted to a 20-15 first-quarter lead and coasted the rest of the game.
“It was a big win to start the season,” said head coach Sherer Hopkins. “A lot of kids got to play and contributed to the win.”
Hopkins said getting a lot of players into the game is helpful in preparing for region play.
“It’s early in the season and we’re looking at different combinations,” she said. “It’s good to see first-year varsity players meshing together with our returning players in the early stages of the season.”
Edmunds said she is gaining confidence in her three-point shot. “I get into a rhythm and the shot feels good,” she said.
“It was a good win and a lot of people played,” Edmunds said.
First-year sophomore guard Lynsey Comalander made her presence felt against Hunter Huss with ball handling and scoring potential.
Comalander, who played junior varsity ball last season, made a driving layup to end the first half that sent the Lady Blue Eagles to the locker room with a 35-13 advantage and momentum.
“I was a little nervous at first,” Comalander said of her initial varsity experience; however, “I played with confidence after settling down,” she said. “I am confident banking the shot off the glass.”
After a dominant first quarter, the Clover girls continued to sizzle in the second.
Edmunds got things started with a basket, followed by Patton’s putback and a soft floater by Carpenter. Edmunds then nailed a three-pointer, expanding Clover’s lead to 29-8.
Edmunds continued her offensive assault before Hopkins began emptying the bench in the third quarter.
The players off the bench provided plenty of offensive punch as the Lady Blue Eagles won convincingly, with first-year varsity players converting a pair of free throws and a basket down the stretch.
The CHS girls return to action Friday, hosting Charlotte Country Day at 6 p.m. in the new Clover gym. The boys’ game will follow at 7:30 p.m.