By Ben Murphy
Clare and Gladwin split their meetings during the girls basketball regular season and shared the Jack Pine Conference title. The Lady Pioneers lost a painful tiebreaker with the Flying G’s at home on Wednesday, March 1, 50-44 in a class ‘B’ district semi-final game.
“It was tough, but we are very proud of our girls and what they accomplished this year,” head coach Kevin Richards said. “I think they grew up a lot and learned a ton along the way. Hats off to Gladwin, they played a great game.”
“We shot poorly (20-percent) in the first half and 28-percent for the game, well below season averages,” Richards said. “We were also seven-of-16 from the free throw line. You can’t have numbers like that and expect to win.”
Leading the way in the game was Natalee Kunse, she knocked down three treys and finished with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block. Lexy Harton hit two threes and had 13 points, seven steals and four assists, Tori Hitchcock had five points, three rebounds and two steals, Kayla Junge added four points and three boards, Haley Miller was good for three points, three rebounds and one block, Peyton Hubel added three points and three steals and Ellie Johnson had two points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Clare finishes the season 14-7 overall and tied for the conference title with Gladwin with a 12-2 JPC record.