CJHS Lady Maroons win big after earlier losses

Photos Marc Rogers / Journal — Kinzey Sickles (#3) drops in 2 points for the Lady Maroons 7th grade against Blue Ridge.

CLINTON — Clinton Junior High School Lady Maroons have been on a roller coaster lately.   After losses to the Tri-Valley Lady Vikings, the Lady Maroons came back with resounding wins over the Sullivan Lady Redskins and the Meridian Lady Hawks. 

Then, as Halloween drew closer, the home team met the Mahomet/Seymour Lady Bulldogs at home.  It was a frightening experience for both the 7th and 8th grade teams. 

The seventh grade team had a lead at halftime but couldn’t contain the Lady Bulldogs.  The opponents performed better on this night and took control of the second half, leaving the Lady Maroons in the lurch. 

The Lady Bulldogs won 27-18.  Ozzy Goar (#34) led the home team with 8 points, followed by Karley Bless (#1) with 6 points. 

The 8th graders fell to the same fate, only earlier.  They never got a foot in the door as the Lady Bulldogs took control from the tip off.  The home team did outscore the visitors in the second and fourth quarters, but it wasn’t  enough to scare the Lady Bulldogs into submission. 

The Lady Bulldogs won 28-18. 

The Lady Maroons were led by Averie Fatheree (#2) with 10 points (on 2 three pointers, one from the Rte. 51 intersection at the halftime buzzer).

Then came the Blue Ridge Lady Knights charging onto the hardwood arena only to receive the backlash of the Lady Maroons’ recent losses. 

The 7th grade game seemed to be over before it began as the Lady Maroons added score upon score, while the opposition scored nothing. 

Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Lady Knights were able to score 2 points, while the Lady Maroons had amassed 27. 

Seven of Clinton’s nine players scored points in this game with Ozzy Goar (#34) leading the way with 8 points followed by Delaney Dempsey (#24) with 7 points and Ava Cyrulik with 4 points. 

The 8th grade Lady Maroons were a bit more gentle on the Lady Knights as they let the visitors score tow points in the first half, while scoring 17 points to maintain a comfortable lead. 

The Lady Knights made their presence known in the third quarter with four points scored to the home team’s 22 points.  The Lady Maroons easily won this match 39-6. 

The Lady Maroons were led by fireball Averie Fatheree (#2) with 22 points (one a three pointer), followed by Kearington Hardwick (#11) with 8 points and Audrey Toohill with 5 points.