MONTGOMERY CITY – Monday evening’s match-up against the Fulton Hornets ended in disappointment for the Clopton Lady Hawks.
Clopton actually outscored Fulton in the last quarter of the game, but couldn’t overcome the initial advantage Fulton built up in the first quarter.
“We got in foul trouble early and struggled to settle in the first few minutes of the game. This caused us to dig ourselves a bit of a hole that we had to dig out of. A combination of nerves, inexperience, and it being our first game of the season got the best of us. Fulton has a very athletic squad and was able to capitalize on our turnovers and foul trouble. We weren’t able to play the style of basketball we like to play because of those things,” Coach Deaven Streed said.
The game ended 59-47 Fulton. It was the first round of the Montgomery County Invitational Tournament.
Fulton pulled ahead 21-10 in the first quarter. Over the course of the game, Clopton recovered and practically matched Fulton point-for-point: trailing 7-8 in the second quarter, 14-11 in the third and then leading 19-16 in the fourth.
Logan Hall, Megan Harrelson and Caragan Lockard led the LadyHawks in scoring, with Hall putting up 13 and Lockard and Harrelson putting up 12 each.
Taylor Akers scored 5 and Stephanie Talbert scored 4.
“We have a lot to improve on but the good news is that this is just the beginning and the girls are eager to put in the work. Each loss is an opportunity to learn,” Streed said.
The Clopton girls team in now scheduled to continue in the tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Middle School gym. They will be playing the Silex Owls, which lost to the host team 66-15. The winner of that match will play either Wellsville-Middletown or Bowling Green Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the consolation final.