Turnovers, poor free- throw shooting and a backcourt height disadvantage all contributed to the Clopton Lady Hawks’ season-ending 69-44 loss to the Knox County Lady Eagles on Wednesday, March 5.
It was a tough ending to a good season for the Lady Hawks who won the district championship on their own floor, but lost in the sectional game on a neutral court at Highland High School. Clopton was 22-7 on the year.
“We picked a bad night to have a bad game,” said Clopton Head Coach Larry Lagemann. “We didn’t execute very well offensively early in the game and because of that we didn’t score which kept us from applying our full court pressure.
“Knox County did a good job defensively and then in the second half we didn’t do a very good job of keeping Knox out of the paint. “
The referees made it clear in the first quarter they would be calling a tight game. They called 43 fouls in the contest but were consistent. Clopton was whistled 22 times and Knox County got called for 21 fouls.
Neither team took advantage of the frequent trips to the charity stripe. Clopton hit 10 of 26 from the free- throw line and Knox County hit 12 of 25.
The Lady Hawks came out flat in the first quarter, turning the ball over and missing most of their shots. The Lady Eagles led 11-6 at the end of the frame.
Clopton played better in the second quarter, but senior guard Shelby Dunn and freshmen center Ashtyn Lagemann both reached three fouls and had to go the bench.
The Lady Indians went on a 13-12 run in the second quarter and led 24-18 at the half.
In the third quarter Dunn and Lagemann both got their fourth fouls and had to sit again.
Then junior guard Lauren Lagemann and sophomore guard Sabrina Stewart both got whistled for third fouls and Coach Lagemann was forced to go deep into his bench.
The Lady Eagles took advantage with a 20-8 run and led 44-28 at the end of the third quarter.
Knox County kept playing good defense in the fourth quarter and went on a 25-16 run to end the game.
Dunn had 16 points to end her high school basketball career. She added one rebound, one steal and one assist.
Senior forward Spencer Hicks scored eight points in her last game as a Lady Hawk. She added 12 rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Lauren Lagemann had seven points, three rebounds and two steals.
Ashtyn Lagemann scored five points, grabbed 12 rebounds, got two steals and two assists.
Freshman guard Emily Brune had three points and an assist.
Junior forward Megan Parrish had two points and six rebounds.
Stewart had two points and junior forward Caitlyn Barr sank a free throw.
Senior Brittney Hamilton played in her last game for Clopton but saw little playing time due to a nagging ankle injury.
“Shelby Dunn closed out an very good high school career with a very good senior season,” Lagemann said. “I don’t think there is any doubt she is one of the most offensively talented players in Class 2 in northeast Missouri.
“Lauren’s offensive numbers weren’t quite as good as they were last season, but she averaged close to 14 points a game the last eight games of the season.
Ashtyn Lagemann proved to be a pleasant surprise.
“I was pretty confident she would have an immediate impact defensively as a freshman, but she really surprised people with her ability to score around the basket,” Lagemann said.
“I would like to thank the three seniors, Shelby, Spencer Hicks, and Brittney Hamilton for four great years of basketball. They had great high school careers and accomplished a lot of great things with the program.”