Double-digit scoring in all four quarters and a strong defensive effort helped propel the Clintonville girls’ varsity basketball team to a 51-20 defeat of the Waupaca Comets Monday, Jan. 5.
Clintonville led 12-2 after one quarter and the lead grew to 24-10 at halftime. The Truckers outscored the Comets 12-5 in the third quarter and 15-5 in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 31-point win.
Autumn Voigt scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Comets couldn’t find a way to box her out on either end of the floor. Caitie Carpenter added 14 points, while Ali Johnson netted seven. Etta Sorenson scored five, Emma Polzin contributed four, Abby Krueger dropped in three, and Danielle Kiefer netted two.
Waupaca made just 7 of 43 shots (16 percent) but hit 4 of 18 from 3-point range (22 percent). The Comets used the long ball to draw within nine points late in the first half, but the Truckers never panicked.
Clintonville made 21 of 53 shots (39 percent) and hit 3 of 12 from beyond the arc (25 percent). The Truckers also made 6 of 9 free throw attempts (66 percent) while the Comets made 2 of 2 from the charity stripe.
Clintonville earned a 31-19 rebounding advantage, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds and 21 defensive rebounds in the contest. Clintonville also had 21 steals compared to Waupaca’s 10 takeaways. The Truckers blocked four shots and had 18 turnovers, while the Comets turned the ball over 28 times.
The Truckers outscored the Comets 8-0 in second-chance points and also outscored Waupaca 15-3 in points off turnovers.