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Clovers Top Cascade In 2A Sectional Title Game; Regional Is Saturday At Greenfield

by Tamara Bingham


IHSAA Class 2A, Sectional 44 champion Cloverdale Clovers. 
(Staff Photos by Michael Stanley) IHSAA Class 2A, Sectional 44 champion Cloverdale Clovers. (Staff Photos by Michael Stanley) It was a rematch of rivals. But, unlike the last game which the Clovers dominated, the Cadets came out on the court full of focus and determination. Cloverdale nearly faltered against the challenge, but the team was able to hold it together Saturday night at Speedway, winning and becoming Class 2A, Sectional 44 champions.

Cloverdale started with a full-court zone press. The Cadets broke through to earn the first hoop of the game. Brantson Scott responded with a basket for the Clovers. The Cadets fouled and Kj Coleman went 1-1 at the line to give Cloverdale the first lead of the game. Cloverdale and Cascade exchange misses, but the Cadets were able to beat the Clovers’ man defense, drawing the personal and making the freethrows to take a 3-4 lead at the 5:51 mark.

The Clovers were uncharacteristically tight from the start, off-shooting and losing rebounds. Cascade converted an early turnover, making a long three to extend its lead to 7-3. Cloverdale tried to respond with threes of their own, but over shot the basket on two straight possessions. The Cadets easily broke the Clover press for the score, going up 11-3. Late in the opening quarter, Cloverdale lost two of its weapons when Cooper Neese and Brantson Scott were both charged with second fouls and had to sit. Kj Coleman broke the Clovers cold streak with a basket. The Cadets responded with two, going up 13-8. Then, with 0:30 left in the opening quarter, Kj got hot, scoring two consecutive baskets and giving Cloverdale the lead, 13-12. Cascade hit the buzzer-beating shot and the quarter closed with the Clovers up 14-13.


Sectional trophy in hand, Cloverdale head coach Pat Rady makes his way through the crowd of wellwishers after Saturday night’s win over Cascade. Sectional trophy in hand, Cloverdale head coach Pat Rady makes his way through the crowd of wellwishers after Saturday night’s win over Cascade. Cascade netted the first hoop of the second, but Cloverdale countered. The Cadets drove back, hitting a three to go up 18-16. The game became very physical. Early in the quarter, Marquise Moore committed his second foul and went to the bench. Cloverdale and Cascade exchange misses. Kj Coleman went to the line, connecting on one of two attempts, cutting the deficit to 18-17. Marquis Moore came back into the game, drew the foul, and hit both free-throws, giving the Clovers a 19- 18 lead. The Cadets countered with another three. Kj was fouled again. He hit both free-throws to tie the game. Cascade hit a long three. Cloverdale missed its three attempt, but Marquise Moore snagged the rebound, drove through the zone, and scored.


Kj Coleman Kj Coleman Duke Duff netted a three, then stole the inbounds pass, making another score to put the Clovers up 29-24 at the 3:15 mark. Cascade called a time-out. Out of the break, Coleman got the ball, drove inside, and scored. Cascade hit a two. Cooper Neese responded with not one, but two successive threepointers to extend the Cloverdale lead to 37-26 at the half.


Cooper Neese Cooper Neese Cascade came out strong from the break, cutting the lead to 38-29 early in the third. Cascade’s Butler got called for his fourth foul and was forced to sit. The Cadets put in a rebound bucket and then hit a two. With Cloverdale’s lead just 38-33, head coach Pat Rady called a time-out. Coleman came back onto the court and scored inside. Hart scored for Cascade. Cooper Neese missed a three, but rebounded a miss by the Cadets and passed to Coleman who made another Clover basket.

With 4:00 left in the third, Neese nabbed a steal and passed to Duke Duff who hit an spectacular long-range three, bringing the Clover crowd to its feet and giving Cloverdale a 45- 35 lead. The Cadets broke the Clovers’ zone-press to score inside. Duff drove to make another swooping three. Trailing 48-35 with 3:28 left in the quar- ter, Cascade called a timeout. Out of the break, the Cadets attempted a long three, but missed. Cloverdale rebounded but missed the drive. Coleman was charged with his third foul and went to the bench. Scott scored on a rebound basket and Cloverdale closed the third with a 51- 39 lead.


Marquise Moore Marquise Moore Cascade scored first to start the fourth. Coleman came back into the game, drew the foul, and hit two, putting Cloverdale up 53- 41. With just 5:41 left in the game, Cloverdale was sent to the line, hitting one. Neese then got whistled for his third foul. Cascade hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts, making the score 55-45. Coleman got called for his fourth foul, forcing him out of the game. Cascade hit both free-throws. Scott was fouled inside, making 1-of- 2 from the charity stripe. Duff netted a three with 3:45 left. Cascade’s Moore then fouled out and Marquise Moore went to the line, making both to extend Cloverdale’s lead to 61-47.


Brantson Scott Brantson Scott Cloverdale outscored Cascade 25-18 in the fourth, winning the game 76-57 to become 2014-2015 sectional champions.

It was an impressive tournament run and win for Cloverdale. It has been a tough year for the team with early loses and multiple injuries. But, when the players were finally healthy and able to practice together, the Clovers’ game came back into sync. After Christmas, the Clovers went on an 11-0 run, winning impressively against tough teams.

Coach Rady brought a good luck charm to Saturday’s game, the 2007 program book from the Clovers last sectional win.

Rady knew that after the close win Friday night and the excitement of being in the finals that the team might come out tight and nervous. “I knew it was going to be a barn burner game,” Rady said. “Cascade is a good team. They know our game. They came to win.


Tyler Lotz Tyler Lotz “We may have missed shots early and committed turnovers, but we played good basketball. I told the boys, ‘if the going gets tough, look at the crowd behind you. You may make mistakes, but the crowd is always behind us.’

“And, the crowd was not going to let us lose tonight.”

Kj Coleman finished with a game-high 23 points. Marquise Moore added 22, Cooper Neese 12, Brantson Scott nine, and Duke Duff eight.

The Clovers (21-5) will take on Indianapolis Attucks (18-5) in the regional round this coming Saturday, March 14 at Greenfield High School. Tip-off is set for 12 noon. The Tigers defeated 12-10 Indianapolis Washington 64-55, and 21-4 Triton Central 68-60 to win the Class 2A, Sectional 43.

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Cloverdale - 76

3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
J. Moore 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0
C. Neese 4-9 4-10 0-0 2 12
M. Moore 0-3 6-16 10-11 1 22
D. Duff 2-3 2-3 2-2 2 8
Kj Coleman 0-1 7-11 9-12 4 23
R. Heavener 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
B. Scott 0-0 4-7 1-2 2 9
B. White 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
S. Pfaff 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 2
B. Hall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
T. Lotz 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Totals 6-18 23-49 24-29 11 76

Cascade - 57

3PFG AFG FT PF Pts
B. Stephenson 2-2 2-2 0-0 1 6
G. Compilment 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
AJ Parsons 1-2 2-3 0-0 2 5
S. Hart 1-6 6-11 2-2 3 15
I. Guerendo 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
Z. Butler 0-0 3-5 5-6 5 11
Ty Comer 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 0
M. Morris 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
A. Gates 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0
E. Hostetler 0-0 2-6 0-0 5 4
E. Burch 2-6 4-9 2-2 1 12
D. BuBois 0-2 2-5 0-0 3 4
Totals 6-19 21-43 9-10 23 57

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Clovers (21-5) 14 23 14 25 76
Cadets (8-16) 13 13 13 18 57

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