WELLINGTON — Clearview remained unbeaten Saturday by handing Wellington its first loss of the season.
Behind Desiree Ray’s 20 points, the Clippers pinned a 42-30 defeat on the Dukes in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. Ray, one of the area’s premier seniors, was the only player on either team to score in double figures as Clearview improved to 3-0, all against PAC rivals. Wellington dropped to 4-1, 2-1.
The game began to look like a blowout when Clearview, which forced nine Wellington turnovers, took a 15-2 lead after eight minutes. In fact, the Clippers held the Dukes scoreless until junior guard Karly Rollin’s field goal with 1:35 left in the period. Clearview led 19-2 midway in the second quarter and 22-8 at the break.
The Clippers opened a 15-point lead after three quarters, but with senior guard Grace Dooley hitting the second of her two 3-pointers, the Dukes put on a 6-0 run to open the fourth, which cut the deficit to 31-22. Rollin and senior Kelsey Werdebaugh also nailed 3-pointers in the quarter, but Wellington never got closer.
Still, the Dukes’ spurt early in the quarter was worrisome, Ray said.
“We didn’t keep our composure,” she said. “We needed to slow the ball down and they were creeping back up on us because we were just doing silly things out there.”
The Dukes could come no closer than nine points because the Clippers answered their rally with an 8-0 run of their own, in the course of which the 5-foot-9 Ray scored eight of her 10 fourth-quarter points.
Mostly it was because of Clearview’s fast start.
“Our plan was to come out here and start scoring right away and try to get the lead,” Ray said. “We’re excited because they were 4-0. We knew this was going to be a big game and it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Clippers coach Nick Dimacchia said they wanted to jump on Wellington early.
“I think that rattled them a little bit and that’s what we wanted to do,” he said. “I was a little worried when they made their run at us, because we weren’t playing like we should have and some of our shots rattled in and out on us. But overall, I thought we played very well defensively. It’s a good win.”
Clearview’s big early lead was bad news, Wellington coach Chris Reutopholer said.
“It’s hard when you go out and spot somebody, what, a 15-2 lead in the first quarter,” he said. “We came out in the second quarter and seemed to calm down, but it just wasn’t falling for us in the first half. And we haven’t played a team like that this year. We’ve played a couple teams that have tried to pressure us, but nobody that has their height.”
The win was costly for the Clippers, who lost senior sharpshooter Katlynne Baker with a left-knee injury midway through the fourth quarter.
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Clearview 42, Wellington 30
CLEARVIEW (42): MacKenzie Mielcarek 1-0-2, Katlynne Baker 2-3-9, Sydney Wright 1-2-4, Desiree Ray 10-0-20, Tahjanae Flowers-Coleman 1-1-3, Raquel Santana 1-0-2, Angel Blakely 1-0-2. Totals 17-6-42.
WELLINGTON (30): Erin Reisinger 1-1-3, Leah Snyder 0-0-0, Kelsey Werdebaugh 1-0-3, Alasaundra Hardoby 0-3-3, Raven Howard 2-0-4, Karly Rollin 3-2-9, Gracey Dooley 2-2-8, Allison Rangel 0-0-0, Michelle Perry 0-0-0. Totals 9-8-30.
Clearview 15 7 9 11 — 42
Elyria Catholic 2 6 8 14 — 30
Three-point goals: Clearview 2-12 (Baker 2), Wellington 4-13 (Dooley 2, Rollin, Werdebaugh). Field goals: Clearview 17-55 (31 percent), Wellington 9-53 (17 percent). Free throws: Clearview 6-16, Wellington 8-16. Rebounds: Clearview 43, Wellington 41. Turnovers: Clearview 14, Wellington 20. Fouled out: Blakely. Technical foul: Blakely.
Junior varsity: Wellington, 27-23