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Building on a historic season

2020-2021 Clear Creek Amana varsity girls basketball preview
CCAs Morgan Etscheidt looks for somebody to pass to as North Scotts Presley Case attempts to complicate her efforts in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game Tuesday, March 3, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Etscheidt returns to the Clipper lineup as a 6-1 center.

TIFFIN The 2019-2020 varsity girls basketball season was especially historic for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with the Clippers claiming their first WaMaC Conference title (shared with Center Point-Urbana) with an 11-1 conference record, qualifying them for their first-ever state tournament appearance. The Creek Girls took a 19-4 record into the Class 4A tourney, but fell, 63-43, to North Scott in the quarterfinals to end the season at 19-5.
The Creek Girls lost six seniors to graduation: Allie Rummelhart, Gracie Downes, Karsyn Stratton, Meagan Harvey, Victoria Ciha and Ainsley Schrock.
Stratton was a scoring machine for the Clippers with 496 points on the season and over 1,500 career points.
Harvey was second in scoring last season with 228 points.
Coach PJ Sweeney, in his 10th year with the program, and seventh year as the head coach, said, Coming off a year of two program firsts, there is plenty of excitement around this team. Yes, we lost six seniors that had a huge impact on our success last season, but with the return of three starters, Whitney Traetow, Calia Clubb and Emily Sly, the pieces are in place to build around.
Traetow, a senior, is a 5-6 guard averaging 6.6 points per game, two rebounds, and two assists last season. She was a WaMaC West All-Conference Second Team pick.
Clubb, a junior, is a 6-0 forward and center who averaged 8.9 points per game. She led the WaMaC West in rebounds with 9.2 per game, and was eighth overall in Class 4A on the boards. Clubb was a unanimous WaMaC West First Team selection.
Sly, a senior, is a 6-0 forward and center averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. She earned WaMaC West Recognition (honorable mention).
Also back are seniors Gabrielle Bedford and Dayna Wichhart, with juniors Morgan Etscheidt, Bailey Olerich and Kalin Rotzoll.
Bedford is a 5-6 guard averaging 1.9 points per game, Wichhart is a 5-4 guard and Etscheidt is a 6-1 center averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game last year. Olerich is a 5-6 guard and forward, while Rotzoll is a 5-6 guard.
Senior Haley Tackaberry is a 5-5 guard and forward who is new to the team this season, while Olivia Miller, a 5-5 sophomore guard joins the varsity ranks after being out last season due to injury.
The biggest question marks hanging over the Creek Girls heads are the same ones hanging over all teams in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic: will there be a season? And what impacts will there be on the season? Already, with CCA moving back to all virtual (online) learning through Tuesday, Nov. 24, the first game of the season (scheduled for Nov. 24) at West Delaware has been postponed. Also, according to Gov. Kim Reynolds latest public health emergency proclamation, only two spectators are to be allowed per athlete during winter sports events.
CCAs first game (subject to further changes) is set for Friday, Dec. 4, as WaMaC East rival Solon visits, kicking off a three-game home stand, which also includes visits from Maquoketa (Tuesday, Dec. 8) and Grinnell (Thursday, Dec. 10).
Nathan Elliot (ninth year), Abby Kite (fourth year), Alex Schultejans (eighth year), Sean Patrick (third year) and Chad Nims (first year) will assist Sweeney this season.

2020-2021 Clear Creek Amana Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule (subject to change)
Friday, Dec. 4 HOME vs. Solon 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 HOME vs. Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10 HOME vs. Grinnell 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11 AT Mount Vernon 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 AT Independence 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 AT Center Point-Urbana 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 HOME vs. Williamsburg 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 HOME vs. South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 12 AT Vinton-Shellsburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 15 HOME vs. Beckman Catholic 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 19 AT Williamsburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22 HOME vs. Independence 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23 HOME vs. Burlington 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 HOME vs. Vinton-Shellsburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 AT South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2 AT Marion 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5 HOME vs. Center Point-Urbana 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6 AT Washington (Iowa) 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 HOME vs. Benton Community 7:30 p.m.