By Ben Murphy
Heavy defensive pressure early. Strong shooting throughout. A lopsided 75-15 Clare win in Harrison at the end of Thursday night.
“We got a lot of different kids a lot of minutes and that’s always a good thing,” Clare girls’ basketball head coach Matt Rodenbo said of the Jack Pine Conference win. “There’s always things to work on. We’re just trying to get better with every practice and with every game.”
Harrison hung around the first few minutes of the game, trailing just 4-2 after a fast-break basket by Jessica Scherrer and trailed 10-4 on a drive from Katelyn Sherrick.
From there Clare took over the game though, closing the quarter on a 15-0 run. Corrine Wezensky got the run started with a lay-in off a pass from Alex Stark, Lindsay Winter hit shots on three straight trips down the court and Kenzie Humphrey closed the run on a free-throw.
Winter caught fire as the second quarter began, hitting three shots from three-point land in less than a minutes time.
Dani Cullen hit a deep two-point shot with a minute to go before the half to end Clare’s run at 47-6, but Clare got a basket by Morgan English just before the half ended to make it 49-6 at the break.
“Turnovers were killer tonight,” Harrison assistant coach Dianna Fletcher said. “We’re very young with two freshmen and one senior. Clare is mostly seniors so they have chemistry. You can’t teach chemistry.”
Wezensky scored the second half’s first two basket to put Clare up 53-6 and Olivia Cooper added a fast break hoop to make it 57-6. Winter grabbed a steal and put in a fast-break basket to bring it to 59-6, with Scherrer hitting a basket for Harrison to make it 59-8.
Scherrer would hit another basket later in the quarter but Clare continued to pad its lead, capping the quarter on a Mackenzie Thayer hoop that made it 66-11 entering the fourth.
Scherrer hit two free throws to open up the fourth quarter and later scored on a put-back basket that made it 68-15 but Thayer scored seven points in the frame to help the Pioneers cruise to the 75-15 win.
Winter finished with 25 points, 10 steals and four assists, Thayer had 12 points, Wezensky had 10 points and five rebounds, Morgan English had eight points and Stark had five points, seven steals and five rebounds.
Harrison had Scherrer finish with 10 points and Lexi LaChappa had five rebounds.
Clare (5-1, 4-0) hosts Meridian Jan. 7.
“We’re going to rest up a bit, give the kids some time off,” Rodenbo said. “We’ll be scrimmaging over break so that will give us some time to work on things.”
Harrison (0-6, 0-4) hosts Farwell Jan. 7.
Photos by Ben Murphy