Clopton girls capture their own tournament in convincing style
The Clopton Lady Hawks captured the Clopton Invitational with three convincing wins on their home court last week and are now 7-3 on the year.
“It’s always good to win your own tournament,” said Clopton Head Coach Larry Lagemann. “I would like to congratulate Shelby (Dunn) on scoring her 1,000th point. To be able to do it during the championship game of your own tournament is really special.”
Freshman center Ashtyn Lagemann averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game during the tourney.
Clopton-Elsberry girls games are always physical and there were floor burns aplenty during the Saturday, Jan. 11 tourney championship game. The Lady Hawks ripped down 45 rebounds, 30 of them on the defensive end.
The game was tied, 21-21, at the half. The Lady Hawks went on a 19-5 run in the third quarter to go up 40-26 and put the game away. The Lady Indians put together a 19-17 run in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch Clopton.
“The girls did a really good job to start the second half and created a little separation and got the pace of the game in our favor,” Lagemann said. “I think we are playing better and getting closer to playing to our potential on a consistent basis.”
Lagemann dominated the paint with 19 points, the majority of them after rebounds and passes into her underneath the basket. She also had a team-high 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and two assists.
Senior forward Spencer Hicks also played well with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. She had 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists.
Dunn had nine points to go past the 1,000 career-points mark, all of them from the free-throw line. She added four defensive rebounds.
Junior guard Lauren Lagemann had eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
Senior forward Brittney Hamilton had six points, five rebounds and four assists.
Junior forward Megan Parrish had five points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Hawks led 30-22 at the half and then allowed the Lady Bulldogs only 11 points in the second half to pull away in the semifinal round of the tourney on Thursday, Jan. 9.
“I thought we played well at spurts throughout the game,” Lagemann said. “I don’t think it was the most complete game we have played but overall I was pretty pleased.”
“I thought we played much better defensively during the second half. I like the fact that we are beginning to get contributions from different players each game.
“Ashtyn had a very good game as she was able to use her height advantage around the basket.”
Advantage indeed. The 6-foot center scored 21 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked two shots and had four steals.
Dunn had nine points, including a pair of three-pointers, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Hamilton had eight points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and blocked a shot. Parrish had eight points, five rebounds and a steal.
Lauren Lagemann had four points, four rebounds and two steals. Hicks had one bucket, five rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.
There wasn’t much to say about the Lady Hawks opening round blowout win on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Clopton was up 48-17 at the half and Wellsville scored only four points in the second half.
Hamilton shot 78 percent from the floor and led the Lady Hawks with 17 points. She added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and blocked a shot.
Dunn had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Hicks had 12 points and only missed one shot all night. She also had eight rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
Lauren Lagemann had 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Ashtyn Lagemann had seven points, five rebounds and four steals.
Parrish, and junior forwards Katie Klopcic and Caitlyn Barr had four points apiece.
Junior forward Bethany Booher and freshman guard Emily Brune both had rebounds.
The Lady Hawks were set to play at home against Marion County at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.
Clopton was scheduled to play at home against Louisiana on Monday, Jan. 20, with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m.