By Ben Murphy
Clare won its 13th girls’ basketball game in a row Tuesday night, topping visiting Beal City 50-38 in a non-conference contest.
“We were only able to force 13 turnovers but out-rebounded them by 10,” Clare head coach Matt Rodenbo said. “It was a tough and physical game which hopefully pays off come tournament time.”
The Pioneers used a big first quarter to take a double digit lead, holding a 16-6 edge after one. Clare pushed that lead to 28-15 by the half and led 42-20 entering the fourth. The Lady Aggies had their best quarter in the fourth, outscoring Clare 18-8 in the frame to account for the final.
Lindsay Winter led Clare with 28 points and four assists, Alex Stark had eight points and seven rebounds and Corrine Wezesnky had four points and 11 rebounds.
On Thursday, Feb. 6 Clare played at Meridian in a Jack Pine Conference game, winning 62-39.
Clare cruised to a big early lead, carrying a 20-6 lead after the first and 40-8 lead by the half. The Pioneers pulled ahead 52-17 entering the fourth quarter, where the Lady Mustangs had a 12-11 scoring edge.
Winter had 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds, and also tallied seven steals, which helped her set the all-time school record in the category. Wezensky had 11 points, Stark had 10 points, seven steals, five rebounds and four assists, Amanda Yats and Kodi Humphrey both had four points, with Humphrey adding nine rebounds.
Clare (15-1 overall, 12-0 JPC) hosted Roscommon on Thursday and plays at Gaylord on Tuesday before wrapping up on Tuesday. The Pioneers are already guaranteed at least a share of the JPC title for the fourth straight year and need one more win to clinch the out-right title.