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Dec, 2019

Clark Clamps Down on Brandies For The Win

By: Antonio G. Castillo

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 Trailing by 13 points at the break, 30-17, and by as much as 15 points in the second quarter, the Brandeis Broncos were facing an uphill climb.

They mounted a 9-0 run to start the third period and would cut the lead to 30-26, before a critical driving bucket by Clark’s Kayla Harris would halt the momentum for good.

From that point on, the Lady Cougs clamped down on defense, and responded with their own 9-2 run giving them a 13-point cushion, 41-28, at the end of three quarters.

The fourth quarter only saw them score 7 points, but defensively they shut down Brandies, holding them to only 6 points, and eventually locking up the win, 48-34.

“It was just defense. I told them everything has to be a defensive stop. I didn’t care what we did offensively, but defensively every single possession was going to be a stop. They dug deep, executed the game plan, and they focused,” said Clark Head Coach Rihana Houy.

Junior point guard, Madeline Gomez carried the offensive load for Clark. From beginning to end, she did her damage from the outside, and well beyond the arc. She connected on 7 three pointers and finished with a game 21 points. Connecting on five treys alone in the first half, and several of them were 2-3 feet behind the line. Sophomore teammate Hailey Adams pitched in 11 points to help Clark build a 30-17 advantage at the break. Adams finished with 13 points.

Coach Rihana Houy talked about Gomez’s performance afterward.

“She’s a junior this year. Maddie’s now been on varsity for now three years. She was a freshman on varsity and ever since we moved her up, we always say Maddie’s a baller. She always comes to play, it doesn’t matter who she’s playing against, big, small, it doesn’t matter. She finds a way to score, she plays hard, has great moves, and then on top of that she’s a phenomenal kid. I knew that something was going to spark tonight, I knew it was going to be with Maddie.”

With the win, Clark moves to 13-3 on the season, 3-0 in district 27-6A, and next face Marshall Friday night.