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Clovers’ season ends at Greenfield-Central Regional

Cloverdale defeats Shenandoah Raiders in semi-final, falls to Scecina Crusaders in final


Senior Nick Winders took time to share an embrace with members of the coaching staff as he left the floor Saturday evening. Winders is shown sharing a handshake and embrace with assistant coach Karl Turk. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Senior Nick Winders took time to share an embrace with members of the coaching staff as he left the floor Saturday evening. Winders is shown sharing a handshake and embrace with assistant coach Karl Turk. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD The Cloverdale boys basketball team, under the direction of Head Coach Pat Rady, ended their historic season Saturday evening in the final of the Greenfield-Central Regional.

The Clovers (21-6) fell to the Scecina Crusaders (18-9) in the championship contest, 58-52.

The day started off at 12 noon with the Clovers taking on the Shenandoah Raiders (21-4). Picked to win by two points, the Raiders had their hands full in the first half.

Coach Rady’s team built a 22-10 lead after one quarter and led 46-26 at the halftime break.

The second half, however, was a completely different ballgame. The Clovers couldn’t get shots to fall, while the Raiders were hitting nothing but net almost every trip down the floor.


Jake Kelley finds himself in traffic and looks for the pass out of trouble Saturday morning. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Jake Kelley finds himself in traffic and looks for the pass out of trouble Saturday morning. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD At the end of the third, Shenandoah had trimmed the lead to 14, 57-43.

The Clovers were resilient though and fought through, earning the five-point victory.

“These kids have shown resilience all year long,” Coach Rady said after the game. “They were really focused at the beginning, all week… We’ve had a great week of practice. They came here with a mission. As we said, we came here to win two games, so yeah, we’re excited, but ultimately, our goal has been to win a state championship. This was just another step in the right direction. It was good to get that ‘monkey off our back’ (with the regional win). I didn’t want to go down as the Buffalo Bills.”

“I thought our offensive spacing was incredible. I thought we ran our stuff, I thought we moved the ball well. We took shots that needed to be taken,” Rady continued. “Yesterday, I could tell at practice that we were locked in. We were shooting the ball extremely well. It starts on the defensive end. Coach Karl Turk, he had the scout and he felt this was a team that we could get out and we could pressure.”


Junior Jake Wilkes throws a pass inside to Nick Winders in the regional semi-final against Shenandoah. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Junior Jake Wilkes throws a pass inside to Nick Winders in the regional semi-final against Shenandoah. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD In getting the win, senior Jalen Moore knocked down two free throws late in the final frame. Those two from the charity stripe put him over the 1,000-point mark for the season, just the fifth player in Indiana High School boys basketball to do so. He sits among Indiana High basketball elite, Steve Alford, George McGinnis, Trevon Bluiett and Dave Shepherd.

“Tremendous work ethic,” Rady said of Moore. “Every accomplishment that he’s received, he’s earned it. He’s earned it by his skill work, the weight room… he approaches everything at a game speed to prepare himself for moments like this.”


Senior Jalen Moore holds his finish after sinking the free-throw that broke the 1,000 point mark for the season. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Senior Jalen Moore holds his finish after sinking the free-throw that broke the 1,000 point mark for the season. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Moore led the Cloverdale offense with 40 points, followed by Parker Watts with 12, Jake Wilkes nine, Nick Winders three and Jake Kelley two.

“We’ve got a couple guys that have scouted Scecina, so we’re ready for what comes there. We know that it’s going to be a team with athleticism, rebounding is going to be crucial and then keeping them in front of us,” Rady commented.

He also took time to acknowledge the incredible Cloverdale fan base in attendance.

“What can I say? Our fans were great. When we needed to dig deep and get a stop, our fans were great, they heard us. That rhythmic clap… and it was just unbelievable. They were there when we needed them. They’ve been there all year. What a great fan base we have.”


CHS freshman Nolan Kelley plays tight defense on this Shenandoah player. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD CHS freshman Nolan Kelley plays tight defense on this Shenandoah player. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD In the Regional final Saturday evening, the Clovers took on the tall and athletic Scecina Crusaders from Indianapolis.

The hot-shooting Crusaders jumped out early lead, 17-12 after one quarter of play and led 36-20 at halftime.

Although things looked bleak, the Clovers didn’t hang their heads. In the second half, Cloverdale came roaring back. The Clovers outscored Scecina, 10-6 in the third quarter and got within two, 42-40 with 5:35 left to play in the game.

Moore went on a tear in the fourth, scoring 14 of his 28 points in the game, but the Clovers weren’t able to get the stops they needed and ultimately fell, 58-52.


Senior Nick Winders drives to the basket for two in Saturday night’s regional final. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Senior Nick Winders drives to the basket for two in Saturday night’s regional final. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Moore finished the evening with 28 points to lead Cloverdale. This 68-point total for the day, according to the IHSAA, gave him 2,440 points for his career. That makes him the 11th all-time leading scorer in Indiana High School men’s basketball, in between legends Billy Shepherd (Carmel, 1968) with 2,465 and Alan Henderson (Brebeuf Jesuit, 1991) with 2,419.

Parker Watts finished with 14 points while Jake Wilkes added five, Jake Kelley three and Nick Winders two.

“It’s tough anytime you get to see seniors like Nick (Winders) and Jalen (Moore) leave your program. Your eyes swell up because of more than just basketball,” Rady said, fighting back more tears and wiping away ones that had already fallen.

“We have the kids over to our house and it’s the summer times you spend together and so you spent so much time with these young men, but now it’s the next chapter in their life. I think they’re going to be great. Nick is going to go to Franklin and play football and Jalen is getting interest all the time. I think people are starting to see that he can play at that next level. Those two have been outstanding leaders for us this season.


Parker Watts drains a three in the regional final. He hit three three-point baskets in the semi-final and four in the final. 
AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD Parker Watts drains a three in the regional final. He hit three three-point baskets in the semi-final and four in the final. AMANDA YORK | SPENCER EVENING WORLD “We’re going to miss them, but as I told the young kids, don’t let their legacy go to waste. See how hard they worked and then take that from them and continue to put in the time and effort that it takes to be an athlete… in the weight room and skill work and shooting… all those things that we need to get to this level.”

The loss was a tough one for everyone clad in Cloverdale green, but there was nothing to hang their heads about.

“I was really proud of our kids,” Rady explained. “To be down 18 at one time and to fight back to get it to two, it was just… I think that just showed the heart of these kids. We just came up a little short, but I would not want to coach any other group of kids in the state of Indiana.”

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