Tuesday night’s showdown in McLeod, for sole possession of first place in the District 15-2A race turned out to be a blowout as the No. 15-ranked Clarksville Blue Tigers rolled to a convincing 75-48 victory. Clarksville improved to 9-1 in district with games remaining against Maud and James Bowie. The Longhorns are 8-2 in the district.
Clarksville junior point guard Quay Scales produced a night to remember. The Tigers leading scorer erupted for a game high 35 points. He scored 24 in the first half, and knocked down six of the Blue Tigers seven 3-point field goals. Junior guard Michael Moore was able to finish inside as he added 17 points and knocked down the other Clarksville 3-point field goal.
The game was never in doubt as coach Willie Coulter’s team would dominate from start to finish. The aggressive Clarksville defense forced constant turnovers that turned into points as Scales scored from everywhere, and his teammates were able to make the Longhorns pay for their mistakes.
Although starters Neo Scales and Deonte’ Tavie found themselves sitting on the bench early with two first quarter fouls each, Clarksville still managed to build a 26-6 lead at the end of the first period. The Tigers then added 20 second quarter points to lead 46-19 at the intermission.
Moore’s basket off the break with 13 ticks remaining in the third sent the Tigers into the final period leading 66-31. With 58 seconds left in the game, Quay Scales scored again pushing the score to 74-44. Neo Scales added 9 points for the Blue Tigers, who made 8-of-14 free throws in the game. The Longhorns were 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Trevor Deal led McLeod with 14 points, and Casey Smith contributed 12 points.
The Tigers will be on the road again tonight when Coulter’s team travels to Maud.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Clarksville: 26 20 20 9 75
McLeod: 6 13 12 17 48
Clarksville scorers: Q. Scales, 35; M. Moore, 17; N. Scales, 9; D. Ricks, 6; D. Tavie, 4; A. Gray, 2; T. Rose, 2
McLeod scorers: T. Deal, 14; C. Smith, 12; Bonner, 8; Parker, 6; B. Williams, 3; T. Williams, 3; Burden, 2
Clarksville 3PFGM: Q. Scales, 6; M. Moore, 1
McLeod 3PFGM: Smith, 1; T. Williams, 1
Clarksville FT: 8-for-14
McLeod FT: 6-for-8
Lady Tigers finish perfect district run
Coach Tom Manginell’s Clarksville Lady Tigers won a 41-36 thriller at McLeod on Tuesday night to end their District 15-2A run with a perfect 12-0 record.
District champion Charksville will move on to open play in the bi-district round of the UIL playoffs on Monday night. Manginell’s team will travel to Hughes Springs to face District 16, No. 4 seed Beckville. The game will be the first of a double header during the evening. Union Grove, the second seed from District 16, will take on McLeod, the third seed from District 15, in the final contest of the night.
Clarksville opened the final period against the McLeod Lady Longhorns clinging to a 2-point, 26-24 lead. McLeod would take a 30-29 advantage with 4:48 left, but the Lady Tigers would finally take the lead for good when point guard LaQuesha Clark scored on a short baseline jumper with 2:23 remaining in the game, giving the Lady Tigers a 34-32 lead. Clark, who led Clarksville with 12 points, also made all four of her free throws down the stretch in the final period.
It was a game during which both teams exhibited poor shooting particularly in the initial half. The Lady Tigers scored just five points in the opening quarter and trailed 9-5 when the teams moved to the second quarter. The Lady Longhorns canned just four points in period two, but moved to a 13-10 lead with 39 seconds remaining in the half. However, Clarksville produced three free throws to close out the half with the teams tied at 13-all.
Clarksville would take the greatest advantage of the game with 1:28 remaining in period three as Chakyrah Griffin scored in the low post to lift the Lady Tigers to a 25-18 lead. Griffin reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.
Coach Manginell said several of his players stepped up to deliver key baskets in the game which he says had a playoff atmosphere. Eryn Reed, who nailed a key jumper was clutch in the fourth, and M. Owens, who also knocked down a crucial shot, turned out to be important figures in the win.
Clarksville nailed 15-of-22 free throw attempts in the game. The Lady Longhorns were led in scoring by Gracie Love with a game-high 14 points.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Clarksville: 5 8 13 15 41
McLeod: 9 4 11 12 36
Clarksville scorers: L. Clark, 12; C. Griffin, 10; Reed, 5; T. Rosser, 4; M. Owens, 3; A. Rosser, 3; Bradley, 2; Gill, 2
McLeod scorers: G. Love, 14; B. Coker, 11; S. Coker, 3; J. Parker, 3; Lamberth, 3; Taylor, 2
Clarksville 3PFGM: M. Owens, 1; A. Rosser, 1
McLeod 3PFGM: B. Parker, 2; S. Coker, 1
Clarksville FT: 15-for-22
McLeod FT: 7-for-18