By Ben Murphy
Visiting Gladwin just wouldn’t go away Tuesday night. However the pesky Flying G’s were still sent home with a loss by Clare in Jack Pine Conferenec girls’ basketball, 63-55.
“Gladwin played us very tough,” Clare head coach Matt Rodenbo said. “We got them down around 16 two or three times and they were able to come back. We did not rebound like I had hoped which gave them the opportunity to come back.”
The Lady Pioneers controlled play early on, leading 16-6 after the first quarter. The Lady Flying G’s responded by outscoring Clare 13-10 in the second quarter to close the gap to 26-19 at the half.
The Pioneers again pushed its lead to double figures in the third quarter and led 46-35 entering the fourth, where Gladwin had a 20-17 scoring edge.
Lindsay Winter led Clare with 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals and also hit 14-of-19 free throws.
Corrine Wezensky had 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, Alex Stark and Kodi Humphrey both had eight points with Stark adding four steals and four assists and Humphrey had seven boards.
On Thursday, Jan. 16 the Pioneers played in Roscommon in another league game, blowing out the Lady Bucks 56-29.
“We got out to a 27-2 lead,” Clare head coach Matt Rodenbo said. “It was a great opportunity to get some of our reserves some good minutes.”
The Lady Pioneers led 27-2 after the first quarter and cruised from there, leading 38-9 at the half and 48-16 entering the fourth. Roscommon had its best frame in the fourth, outscoring Clare 56-29.
Winter led Clare with 24 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists, Wezensky had 10 points, Lexi Harton had eight and Stark had six.
Clare (10-1 overall, 8-0 JPC) hosted Houghton Lake in JPC play on Thursday and plays at Evart on Monday in a non-conference contest. At 8-0 the Lady Pioneers are just over halfway to their fourth-straight league title.
“We have to continue to improve,” Rodenbo said of the second half of the season. “It is always tougher to beat a team the second time.”