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The pieces are in place for a competitive season for the Creek Girls

Clear Creek Amana 2019-2020 varsity girls’ basketball preview
CCA’s Karsyn Stratton scored her 1,000th career point Friday, Jan. 4, at home, against South Tama as a junior. Stratton led all with 22 points in a 47-36 win for the Clippers and returns as a starter to this season’s team.

TIFFIN– Hopes are high for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team that a combination of experience and depth will lead to a successful 2018-20 season.
The Creek Girls took a stab at earning a spot in the 2019 Class 4A state tournament with a regional quarterfinal win at home over Mount Pleasant, but fell in the regional semifinals to Fairfield. The Clippers finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-8 record overall and 10-6 showing in the WaMaC Conference, which was good for second Place among a competitive field.
Seniors Jordan Neely and Lydia Banwart graduated.
This season, sixth-year Head Coach P.J. Sweeney with assistants Nathan Elliot, Abby Kite, Alex Schultejans and Sean Patrick return nine letter winners, four of them returning starters.
Multi-sport standout, senior Karsyn Stratton, leads the CCA lineup as a four-year varsity starter. She hit her 1,000th career point back in January, scored 29 points in a game at least twice last season, and averaged 19.6 points per game, leading the WaMaC West Division and putting her third in all of Class 4A. Stratton, a 5-8 guard, averaged nearly seven rebounds and two steals per game and was a 47.4 percent field goal shooter. Her efforts on the hardwood garnered her a unanimous pick to the WaMaC West First Team, a spot on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A All-Regional Team, Second Team for the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s All-State selections, and Second Team All-State from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.
Meagan Harvey is another four-year starter for the Clippers. The senior averaged 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season. Harvey, a 5-9 guard/forward, earned WaMaC West Second Team honors.
Juniors Calia Clubb and Whitney Traetow are also back in the starting lineup for the Creek Girls. Clubb, a 6-0 forward/center averaged 5.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last season. Her efforts on the boards led the WaMaC West, and put her seventh overall in Class 4A. Traetow, a 5-6 guard, averaged 6.1 points and nearly two assists per game, which earned her a WaMaC West Honorable Mention.
Seniors Gracie Downes and Allison Rummelhart are also back for the Creek Girls this season. Downes, a 5-9 forward/center, averaged 2.1 points and nearly four rebounds per game, while Rummelhart is a 5-4 guard who averaged almost two points per game. Juniors Gabrielle Bedford and Emily Sly are back in the mix, as well. Bedford is a 5-4 guard while Sly is a 5-11 forward/center who averaged 1.2 points per game last season. Sophomore Morgan Etscheidt saw varsity time last season as a 6-0 forward/center averaging 3.3 points and nearly three rebounds per game.
Sweeney and company will also look to Ellie Waterbury and Ainsley Schrock returning to the lineup. Waterbury, a 5-4 senior guard, was out last season due to injury. She recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Clarke University in Dubuque. Schrock, a 5-11 senior forward/guard, started 21 of 22 games as a sophomore averaging nearly five points and five rebounds per season. However, Schrock did not go out last season.
“This season we have a roster of experience and depth led by four-year senior starters Meagan Harvey and Karsyn Stratton,” Coach Sweeney said. “Then you add returning starters Whitney Traetow and Calia Clubb to the mix with four others seeing significant minutes (and) we have the pieces in place to be highly competitive, and to take the next step as a program.” Sweeney noted each year is always different, with plenty of challenges along the way.
“But, I’m confident we will be ready!” He said.
The season opens up Tuesday, Nov. 26, at home, against Solon with the varsity tip-off at 7 p.m.

2019-2020 Clear Creek Amana Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 26 HOME vs. Solon 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 3 AT Central DeWitt 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5 HOME vs. Mount Vernon 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 AT West Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 AT Grinnell 6:15 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 HOME vs. Marion 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17 HOME vs. Independence 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 HOME vs. Center Point-Urbana 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 3 HOME vs. Williamsburg 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 HOME vs. Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 AT South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 HOME vs. Vinton-Shellsburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17 AT Beckman Catholic 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 21 AT Williamsburg 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24 AT Independence 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28 HOME vs. South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31 AT Vinton-Shellsburg 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 HOME vs. Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8 HOME vs. Washington (IA) 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 AT Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 AT Center Point-Urbana 7:30 p.m.