Clare girls win big

Winter scores 1,000 career points

Gladwin was the latest victim for the Clare girls basketball team, as the Lady Pioneers topped the visiting Lady Flying G’s 61-35 in Jack Pine Conference play Tuesday night.

“I really felt as the game went on we wore them down a bit,” Clare head coach Matt Rodenbo said. “Gladwin has athletes and competed hard but we stuck to the game plan and eventually took control of the game.”

Clare led 15-10 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 31-18 at the half. A big 21-4 edge for the Pioneers in the third quarter put the game out of reach, with Gladwin outscoring Clare 13-9 in the fourth.

“Melissa Benchley is a demon on defense,” Rodenbo said. She is a lockdown defensive player and is a big key to our success. I like what Ashley Petree did on the offensive end tonight and she was tough and physical on the boards.”

Lindsay Winter led Clare with 28 points in the win, finishing the game with 1000 career points. Petree added 12 points and five rebounds.

On Saturday, the Lady Pioneers picked up a non-league win over Beal City, 64-29 at Central Michigan University.

“I was pleased with the way we shot in that environment,” Rodenbo said. “It is a little tougher to make shots in that big arena. We are playing good team basketball right now. Courtney English got in a little foul trouble early and Alex Stark gave us a nice lift off the bench and coming in and scoring 11 points in the first half.”

Clare led 23-9 after the first and took a commanding 42-13 lead at the half, before extending that to 58-19 entering the fourth.

Winter had 26 points and 10 rebounds, English had 12 points and Stark added 11.

Clare (9-1 overall, 7-0 JPC) played host to Houghton Lake on Thursday and hosts Beaverton this coming Thursday.