SHEFFIELD TWP. — A third of the way into the basketball season and Clearview coach Don Collier has had enough – enough of close games that is.
On Wednesday night his Clippers downed visiting Brookside 45-43 in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division game.
The victory was the third straight two-point win for Clearview, which upped its record to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the PAC. The loss dropped Brookside to 7-3 on the season and 3-3 in the PAC.
“Well, that’s going to give me a few more gray hairs,” said Collier after the game. “We’ve had our fair share of close ones this season. I think that’s a testament to the strength of the conference. Everyone is up this season and it is making for some exciting basketball.”
Exciting was a stretch in regard to the first half of play. Neither team shot particularly well as Brookside took a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
Clearview’s shooting woes continued, at least from the field, in the second period. The Clippers hit a dismal one of six shots from the field but managed to cut into the Brookside lead on the strength of their foul shooting. Clearview hit 8-of-12 free throws to pull within 21-17 at intermission.
According to Clippers standout Ariel Calhoun, that’s when Collier got the troops fired up.
“In the beginning of our games we just don’t move really well,” said Calhoun. “He (Collier) has to yell at us and then we start moving.
“Coach had a good talk with us about being more aggressive in the second half and taking the ball to the basket.”
That’s what the Clippers did in the third quarter.
After hitting on 4-of-20 shots from the field in the first two quarters, Clearview connected on 7-of-14 in the third. Calhoun, who hit just one shot from the floor the first half, connected on three in the third and a pair of free throws. Her 3-pointer with 2:17 left in the quarter gave the Clippers a 32-29 lead. Clearview led 41-36 in the fourth quarter when Calhoun converted a pair of free throws to run the lead to 43-36.
Brookside managed to make one last charge.
A 5-1 run by the Cardinals cut the deficit to 44-41 with 1:03 remaining. Calhoun hit a free throw with 19 seconds left to give Clearview a four-point lead. Brookside’s Samantha Thomas scored the final points of the game with 3.4 seconds, with Clearview not bothering to inbound the ball as time expired.
Calhoun, who finished with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds, got 10 of her points from the free throw line.
“We let Ariel penetrate a little too much,” said Brookside coach Gene Leonard. “She’s a good player and she is eventually going to rise to the top. And that’s exactly what she did in the second half.”
Cassie Griffth (13) and Brianne Skolnicki (10) were the only Brookside players in double-figures. Clearview’s Alexandria Wright had a game-high 16 rebounds.
BROOKSIDE (43): Cassie Griffiths 4-1-13, Brianne Skolnicki 4-2-10, Bre Mills 3-0-6, Jodi Lyonms 2-1-5, Ali Gendron 2-0-4, Julie Campo 1-0-2, Samantha Thomas 1-0-2, Michelle Radeff 0-1-1. Totals: 17-5-43.
CLEARVIEW (45): Ariel Calhoun 5-10-21, Alexandria Wright 3-3-9, Kristen Marcucci 2-2-6, Mercedes Thompson 2-2-6, Sarah Scheithaurer 1-1-3. Totals: 13-18-45.
Brookside 13 8 11 11 – 43
Clearview 7 10 17 11 – 45
Three-point goals: Brookside 4 (
Junior varsity: Clearview 31-25.