CLARKSVILLE — The Airedalettes withstood Clarksville’s 3-point barrage for the win.
Clarksville hit 12 3-pointers in the game but Alma (12-7, 5-3) scored the final eight points of the game and won 64-58, to open the weather-delayed second half of the 5A West schedule.
"We only hit three 3s and that’s the first game we’ve won when we didn’t shoot well from the outside," Alma head coach Madelyn Flenor said. "We were fortunate that each time they got on rolls and runs, we had a little bit of a lead. We had enough cushion that we were able to survive it."
Clarksville (1-17, 0-8) was within one at 41-40 after three quarters before Alma opened the final quarter with eight straight points. Madison Newton scored twice inside during the run, Robin Stewart added two free throws then Lania Wright’s steal and dish to Hailey Ostrander had Alma up 49-40.
Stewart answered consecutive 3-pointers by Clarksville’s Hallie Banning and Emily Little with a trey of her own to push Alma back up 52-46. Alexys Criswell scored inside for Alma, and Banning drilled another trey for Clarksville.
"We were able to come back and score even when they were scoring," Flenor said. "We like to press and wear people out in the fourth quarter, but they made some adjustments in their press offense that was really hurting us."
After Wright drove for a bucket, Savannah Chenault added a old-fashioned three-point play for the Lady Panthers with 3:23 left, but the Airedales kept Clarksville off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Stewart had 23 points for Alma, including 11 of 13 free throws, with a pair of treys. Ostrander added 13 points, and Wright 11.
Banning had 15 points for Clarksville with four treys and a conventional three-point play. Lindsey Hover had 13 points with three 3-pointers. Little had 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Blake Hurley added Clarksville’s other 3-pointer.
Clarksville 56, Alma 40 (Men’s)
The Panthers more than made up for a sluggish start on Monday.
Clarksville scored 38 points in a 14-minute span to secure the win against Alma.
Clarksville (17-4, 7-1) hosted Greenbrier Tuesday, with the girls game tipping at 5 p.m. Alma (12-7, 4-4) traveled to Huntsville.
Clarksville didn’t score its first basket until 4:22 was left in the first quarter but then scored 38 points the next 14 points.
"We didn’t shoot the ball very well, I didn’t think the entire night and especially early," Clarksville head coach Tony Davis said. "They did a good job defending us and not giving us easy looks."
Freshman Casey Benton sparked Clarksville with a spinning basket inside, added a conventional three-point play and finished a personal 8-0 with a 3-pointer for a 10-6 first-quarter lead.
"They’re a talented basketball team and the next thing you know, and they can do that," Alma head coach Stan Flenor said. "Defensively, when they turn it up a notch they make it tough."
Alma was within seven, 23-16, after two free throws by Austin Lee with 1:38 left in the first quarter before the Panthers ended the second quarter with another run. Freddy Lee drained a 3-pointer, Deontae Woodbridge scored off an offensive rebound and Jerren Thompson finished the half with a slam and a 30-16 cushion.
"Finally, we got some separation in the second quarter," Davis said. "That was really the difference in the ballgame. We went on a little run there the last minute and a half and Jerren got the dunk there that gave us the momentum at the end of the half."
Clarksville opened the third quarter with another 8-0 run to put the game away. Benton and Kendrick Lee drilled treys on successive possessions, and Thompson added a fast-break layup for a 38-16 lead with 6:20 left in the third quarter.
Benton’s 18 points led Clarksville. Freddy Lee and Thompson each added 11 points.
Jake Folkerts had 10 points and 16 rebounds, including eight in each half, for the Airedales.