CLOVER — The Clover High School girls’ basketball team defeated rival York 42-25 Monday night, keeping the team’s wild card playoff hopes alive.
After falling behind 6-3 midway through the first quarter, the CHS girls assumed their first lead at 7-6 on a basket by Elizabeth Edmunds. Freshman Lilly Wallace then scored, pushing Clover ahead 9-6.
Senior playmaking guard Zasu Carpenter converted four free throws in the final moments of the first quarter, staking the visitors from Clover to a 13-6 lead.
The Lady Blue Eagles went on a run in the second quarter, building a 19-6 lead before York was able to dot the scoreboard at the midway point of the quarter. Moments later, Wallace scored, pushing Clover’s lead to 21-8.
York rallied down the stretch, as the CHS girls led 21-13 at the half. The Lady Cougars had a scoring drought in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Eagles went to work, building the lead to 31-17.
Sanders and Edmunds had key baskets during the scoring surge and Carpenter converted free throws down the stretch.
In the fourth quarter, Shay Hall got things started with a three-pointer and Edmunds added a three-pointer moments later. Senior Tyemisha Clark also canned a three-pointer as the Lady Blue Eagles got the win.
Edmunds led a balanced attack for Clover with nine points. Carpenter had seven and Wallace six.
CHS coach Kiki Walker lauded the players. “York played well in the first half,” said Walker. “We were able to match their intensity and build the lead in the second half.”
Walker admitted it’s been a season of emotions, playing without head coach Sherer Hopkins who is undergoing treatment following brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
“We think about coach Hopkins daily,” she said. “The kids give great effort as they would for coach Hopkins. She expects that. They are playing hard and having fun.”
Walker said the CHS girls are still in contention for a wild card playoff berth. She expected to find out the team’s playoff status this week.