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Clippers swamp Lady Spartans, 63-44

Lady Spartans flounder against Clippers, 63-44
Solon's Claire LaDage gets a hand on a ball in possession of Clipper Olivia Miller as Lady Spartan Kaia Holtkamp moves to intercede during Solon's 63-44 loss at Clear Creek Amana High School on Friday, Dec. 4.

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper varsity girls’ basketball team opened its season, following a delay due to online learning courtesy of the pandemic, at CCA High School and soaked the visiting Lady Spartans, 63-44, on Friday, Dec. 4.
There was no rust evident in the Clippers’ performance as they capitalized on their height mismatch which Solon attempted to combat by defending the lane, allowing the Boats to paddle their way to a 15-2 lead over Solon at the end of the first quarter, dropping four shots from beyond the arc.
The Clippers extended their lead, adding 23 points and limiting Solon to just 13, in the second quarter to enter the locker rooms holding a commanding 38-15 advantage.
Prognosticators predicted a much closer showing between the two teams as the Clippers were ranked 14th in Class 4A and Solon was perched in the 14th spot in Class 3A in the WaMaC Conference.
The Lady Spartans attempted to rally in the second half as Solon’s leading scorer Callie Levin added 20 of her 24 points. Solon bested CCA in the third, outscoring the Boats, 17-13, for a end-of-quarter 51-32 score.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Spartans navigated to within 16 points of the Clippers on three occasions but found no more traction, ultimately swamped, 63-44.
In the game, Solon was 16-56 shooting inside, 6-32 beyond the arc and 2-7 from the charity stripe versus the Clippers’ first game showing of 22-45 shooting for two, 5-9 from three-point range, and 14-23 from the line. Solon bested the Clippers with eight offensive rebounds to CCA’s seven but defensive boards were where the Clipper height dominated, grabbing 29 versus Solon’s 18. The Clippers distributed the ball well recording 13 assists compared to Solon’s eight. Solon stole the ball nine times compared to the Clippers six and CCA blocked Solon three times. Turnovers were tight with Solon recording 10 and the Clippers 12.
“We had trouble matching their size early,” Head Coach Jamie Smith summarized. “They started 6-0, 6-0, 6-1. So, we had trouble adjusting to that early in the quarter. We also didn't shoot well. I think we were 0-7 from three and 1-14 overall in the first quarter. Uphill battle from there.”
He was quick to respond when asked about the adjustments and improvement following the half.
“I felt we just went back to doing what we do,” Coach Smith praised. “Played aggressive on the defensive end and started to hit some shots. We will keep working on combating teams that have some size.”
Coach Smith also praised several performances from the game.
“I thought Callie played another good game,” he began. “She got off a little slow in the first half but really, really played well the second half. Thought Ava (Stebral) and Claire (LaDage) did a good job coming off the bench to give us some spark.”
Callie Levin led the Lady Spartans scoring with 24 points and pulled down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while recording five assists and two steals. Claire LaDage and Ava Stebral scored six points apiece with LaDage grabbing two defensive rebounds and pilfering the ball once. Kaia Holtkamp scored four points, pulled down an offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds, recorded an assist, and stole the ball twice. MaKinley Levin scored three points for the Lady Spartans while grabbing three offensive rebounds and a defensive rebound, recorded one assist and stole the ball once. Hilary Wilson scored one point for Solon and grabbed two defensive rebounds. Elly Holubar battled for two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds, recorded an assist and stole the ball once. Jada Buffington pulled down three defensive boards.
The Lady Spartans hosted the Williamsburg Raiders (1-1) at Solon High School on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. and welcome the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Monday, Dec. 14, the Lady Spartans travel to West Branch High School (2-0) for a 6 p.m. varsity tip off and host the Marion Indians (1-0) at 7:30 p.m.
“Williamsburg and Vinton will be a very tough match-up,” Coach Smith assessed. “Both of those teams can score, so we will have to be ready to defend.”
He added, “West Branch, who is No. 1 in 2A has one of the best guards in the state, and Marion, well, they are Marion.”
Coach Smith promised, “We need to keep getting better. We have a lot of getting better to do. The girls have and will continue to keep working hard.”