Eagles Soar Past Trojans, Cards Stay Undefeated

CLOVERDALE >> CLOVERDALE >> Three days after losing a 59-58 North Central League I heartbreaker to the undefeated Clear Lake Cardinals, the Lower Lake Trojans hit the road Friday to play the league’s other undefeated team, the Cloverdale Eagles.

While the first two quarters were a back-and-forth battle with Cloverdale leading 32-31 at the half, the second half proved to be all Eagles as they rolled to a 70-47 victory at Cloverdale High School.

“They outplayed us, they were the better team,” Lower Lake coach Dave Milano said. “The officiating was horrendous but it wasn’t the reason we lost.”

Cloverdale (4-0) and Clear Lake (4-0) remain tied atop the league standings while Lower Lake (2-2, 11-4) falls two games off the pace.

The Eagles extended their halftime lead with a 15-7 third quarter and then ran away from the Trojans during a 23-9 fourth quarter.

Katelyn Farrell’s 13 points led the Trojans, Aleia Milano added 12 and Vanessa Hughes and Samantha Caires each had nine.

In other girls basketball action Friday:

Clear Lake 56, Willits 12

At Willits, Clear Lake’s defense took all of the fight out of the Willits Wolverines, who scored just two points in the second half.

Clear Lake (4-0, 13-2) remains tied with Cloverdale (4-0) atop the NCL I standings with its latest victory, which held absolutely no suspense unlike the Cardinals’ 59-58 victory on Tuesday in Lower Lake.

“It was nice not to be in a close one,” Clear Lake coach Kory Reynolds said.

Camille Donald’s 13 points led another balanced attack by the Cardinals, who had three other players – Corin Alakszay, Valerie Hutton and Tianna Jardstrom – with eight points apiece. Kiana Richardson had six.

“I’m happy with the we’re playing, especially the defense,” Reynolds said. “I’ve got a lot of weapons on offense, but it’s the defense that’s making the difference.”

On his team’s 4-0 start in league play, Reynolds said, “It’s a good spot to be in but we’re not taking anyone for granted of course.”

After scoring her first points of the season last week, Clear Lake’s Emma Invento, a foreign exchange student from Italy, sank her first high school free throws after being fouled in the process of shooting in the fourth quarter. Invento stepped to the line and buried both foul shots.

“All I told her was to keep both of her feet behind the line,” Reynolds said. “She did.”

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Fort Bragg 44, Middletown 42 (OT)

At Fort Bragg, the Fort Bragg Timberwolves rallied in the fourth quarter to tie Middletown in regulation and went on to beat the Mustangs in overtime, their first league win of the season.

Both teams are now 1-3 in the NCL I standings.

No other Middletown game information was reported.

Source : http://www.record-bee.com/article/NQ/20180113/SPORTS/180119950

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