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Clovers Wrap Up Regular Season With Senior Night Win Over Eels

by Tamara Bingham
Correspondent


Cloverdale senior Tyler Lotz is shown alongside his parents, Kevin Lotz and Glee Kerr. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale senior Tyler Lotz is shown alongside his parents, Kevin Lotz and Glee Kerr. (Staff Photo) It was a bitter cold Friday night, with a threatening weather front on the horizon. But, that didn’t stop the Cloverdale fans from coming out and cheering the varsity boys’ basketball team on for the last game of the regular season. And, the team did not disappoint. One thing the players and head coach Pat Rady know how to do is win, and win well. The Clovers won their last seven games by an average of 34 points. Friday night’s win against Eminence extended that winning streak to eight.

The first quarter was fast-paced and physical with five Clovers adding points early to the scoreboard, including a swooping 3-pointer by Duke Duff and another by Cooper Neese.

Eminence had good quickness and ball action on the court, but Cloverdale kept pace, effectively employing a full-court zone press, forcing early turnovers, and out-shooting the Eels 20-13 by the quarter buzzer.


CHS senior Kj Coleman and parents, Damon and Kristie Coleman. (Staff Photo) CHS senior Kj Coleman and parents, Damon and Kristie Coleman. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale turned up the pressure and brought on its chaos game to start the second quarter. Eminence simply got lost in the bedlam as the Clovers’ intense defense and inside-out offense danced across the court, reaping steals, fast breaks, inside hoops, and netting 3-point field goals. Cloverdale outscored Eminence 34- 16 in the quarter, ending the half with a huge 54-29 lead.

There was one scary moment in the first half when Kj Coleman received an elbow to the head and was taken out of play for evaluation.

The third wasn’t any easier for the Eels. Cloverdale forced 16 turnovers and outscored Eminence 20-16. Kj Coleman was cleared to play the last half, scoring 12 points on the night.

Cheers and tears filled the gymnasium as seniors Marquise Moore, Kj Coleman, Brantson Scott, and Tyler Lotz were each honored with standing ovations as Coach Rady rotated them out of the fourth quarter. The Clovers’ bench came on to the court and helped add 17 more points to the scoreboard. It was another dominant Cloverdale win, 91-67. The team enters sectional play with an overall 19-5 record, and are a favorite to win.


CHS senior Marquise Moore and parents, William Moore and Brandi Moore. (Staff Photo) CHS senior Marquise Moore and parents, William Moore and Brandi Moore. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale ended the regular season in style with five players in double figures. Marquise Moore was the big scorer for the night with 35 points, followed by Cooper Neese with 15 points, Kj Coleman and Brantson Scott 12 points each, and Duke Duff 11 points. Jalen Moore and Tyler Lotz helped the Clovers win with six points, four assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

Cloverdale will open sectional play on Wednesday, March 4 against the South Putnam Eagles (3- 16) at host site Speedway High School.


Cloverdale senior Brantson Scott is shown alongside his mother, Traci Scott. (Staff Photo) Cloverdale senior Brantson Scott is shown alongside his mother, Traci Scott. (Staff Photo) ****

Cloverdale - 91

3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
J. Moore 1-4 1-5 1-2 2 4
C. Neese 2-7 6-13 1-1 0 15
M. Moore 6-6 14-16 1-2 0 35
D. Duff 3-4 3-4 2-2 0 11
Kj Coleman 0-2 4-12 4-6 3 12
R. Heavener 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
B. Scott 0-0 5-6 2-3 4 12
B. White 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
S. Pfaff 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
T. Lotz 0-0 1-2 0-0 2 2
Totals 12-23 34-58 11-16 11 91

Eminence - 67

3PFG
AFG FT PF Pts
P. Badillo 0-1 0-2 2-2 0 2
K. Martin 1-1 5-8 2-2 4 13
K. Wilson 0-2 3-7 0-1 0 6
J. Glidden 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
B. Ringler 3-4 10-18 2-4 4 25
L. Hammett 2-4 5-7 2-2 2 14
B.Mehringer 1-5 1-5 0-0 0 3
J. Decker 0-0 2-3 0-0 2 4
Totals
7-17 26-50 8-11 12 67

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Clovers (19-5)
20 34 20 17 91
Eels (8-13) 13 16 16 22 67

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