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Clintonville basketball defeated by Irish

Truckers lose fourth straight game

By Erik Buchinger

The Clintonville girls’ basketball team was defeated by Freedom 70-39 at home on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Truckers dropped to 4-13 overall including 3-10 in the North Eastern Conference.

“It was a struggle for us size-wise, and like we always do, we beat ourselves with some poor passes that resulted in layups,” Clintonville head coach Nick Yaeger said. “And when we’re a smaller team, we’ve got to do a better job of blocking out. Simple things – little things lead to big things.”

Clintonville was led by Lindsy Carpenter, who had a team-high 11 points, and Elly Arndt scored 10 points for the Truckers.

Clintonville kept the game close midway through the first half, trailing 13-10 with eight minutes to go before Freedom scored eight straight points and pulled away from there.

“It just kind of got away on us,” Yaeger said. “I think turnovers and the shot selection – we needed to drive more and attack to either kick it out or get some fouls on them, and we didn’t do that as much in the first half.”

The Truckers went into halftime trailing 33-17, and they were outscored 37-22 in the second half.

Clintonville’s Abby King scored all seven of her points in the second half.

“Freedom is a good team,” Yaeger said. “We can’t hold our heads, and we’ve just got to keep working hard. It’s the stretch run, and we’ve got a couple weeks left.”

Clintonville’s next game will be against Luxemburg-Casco at home on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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