2014-02-04 / Front Page

Clovers Defeat South Putnam To Claim Outright Conference Title

by Donna Hardy
Correspondent


Cloverdale senior forward Kendrick Collett squares up and knocks down the Clovers’ first three points of the night against South Putnam on Friday. Collett finished with 15 points in the 79-39 win. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Cloverdale senior forward Kendrick Collett squares up and knocks down the Clovers’ first three points of the night against South Putnam on Friday. Collett finished with 15 points in the 79-39 win. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) At the start of the 2013- 2014 season, the Cloverdale varsity boys’ basketball squad set five goals.

They wanted to win the Putnam County Tournament... Accomplished.

They wanted to win their own Holiday Classic... Accomplished.

They wanted to achieve a winning record... Currently at 13-1, that goal has been accomplished.

They wanted to win the West Central Conference (WCC) title outright... As of last Friday night, accomplished.

The final goal is to be a contender in their sectional when post-season tournament time rolls around.

Their most recent accomplishment – the WCC title – came Friday evening after taking an impressive victory over the South Putnam Eagles on homecoming night in Cloverdale.


Junior center Brantson Scott battles for a rebound against South Putnam’s Jimmy Rutter during Friday night’s 79-39 win at home. Scott finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Junior center Brantson Scott battles for a rebound against South Putnam’s Jimmy Rutter during Friday night’s 79-39 win at home. Scott finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. (Staff Photo by Michael Stanley) Cloverdale started out the game applying fullcourt pressure that caused South Putnam a number of problems. The Clovers used three different presses in the first half, which allowed them to jump out to a commanding lead.

It was 18-0 in favor of the Clovers before the Eagles were able to score, and it was 25-4 at the end of the first eight minutes. By half-time, the Clovers had soared ahead, 47-12.

The Clovers removed their full-court pressure in the second half but continued to play with control. It was 69-23 going into the final quarter, and the Eagles were never able to make it close, with the Clovers taking a 79-39 win.


Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Junior Class Prince and Princess, Marquise Moore and Alexis Branneman. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Junior Class Prince and Princess, Marquise Moore and Alexis Branneman. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale coach Pat Rady and his squad were recently honored for their accomplishments this season as the Hoosier Authority Team of the Week.

The article by the Hoosier Authority mentioned how few turnovers the Clovers have committed this season, and this was also true of Friday’s win. Cloverdale committed just three turnovers, which was a big key to their win.

On the other side, they forced several South Putnam turnovers. They had 17 for the game.

Another key to the Cloverdale win was balanced scoring. They had five players in double figures. “I can’t emphasize enough how well they played as a team,” coach Rady said of his players.

Marquise Moore had 24 points along with four rebounds for the Clovers. Kedrick Collett had 15 points and four rebounds, Cooper Neese had 12 points and two rebounds, and Kade Schroer had 11 points and two rebounds. Brantson Scott had a great night with a double-double. He scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the team on the boards. Brandon Hughes finished with five points, and Fred Fislar had two.


Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Sophomore Prince and Princess, Michael Roberts and Christyn Willis. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Sophomore Prince and Princess, Michael Roberts and Christyn Willis. (Staff Photo) The Eagles had one player in double figures, Trey Moore, who finished with 21 points to lead his team.

Cloverdale will be back in action this coming Saturday, February 8 at Turkey Run. Junior varsity play will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the varsity squad at around 7:30 p.m.



Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Freshman Prince and Princess, Billy Cooper and Rachael Mboga. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale High School’s Homecoming Freshman Prince and Princess, Billy Cooper and Rachael Mboga. (Staff Photo)

2014 CHS Senior King and Queen, Nick Schwomeyer and Carla Dausend. (Staff Photo) 2014 CHS Senior King and Queen, Nick Schwomeyer and Carla Dausend. (Staff Photo)

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