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Raiders slip away from the Creek Girls

Williamsburg pulls away late for 50-45 win over CCA
CCA’s Meagan Harvey battles Williamsburg’s Lizzy Donohoe for a rebound Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Tiffin. Donohoe led the Raiders to a 50-45 win over the Clippers with 25 points, while Harvey had a four-point night for CCA. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– The Williamsburg Raiders pulled off a bit of an upset Tuesday, Jan. 30, as they defeated the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in girls’ varsity basketball at CCA, 50-45.
A 3-point basket by Jordan Neely gave the Creek Girls an early 3-2 lead on their way to an 11-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Karsyn Stratton poured in 15 of CCA’s 27 first-half points on her way to a game-high 28. Andrea Roller drained a 3-point basket in the final minute of the second period and dropped in a two-point basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer. The Clippers led, 27-22, at the break.
Roller extended the lead by a field goal early in the third period, scooping up the ball and scoring. A two-point bucket from Stratton made it 31-22, but then the Raiders took control of the quarter, dropping in four unanswered baskets to cut the gap to 31-30 before Allison Rummelhart struck, in the final seconds, to give the Clippers a 33-30 advantage going into the fourth period.
The Raiders again put up four in a row in the final eight minutes to take a 40-35 lead. Williamsburg never gave up the lead, bolstered by a combination of late baskets and free throws.
Roller had a seven-point night for the Clippers with four from Meagan Harvey, three points by Neely, two from Rummelhart and one from Whitney Traetow. Lizzy Donohoe led the Raiders with 25 points.
The loss dipped the Creek Girls to 9-8, while Williamsburg improved to 5-15.
West Branch visits the Clippers Thursday, Feb. 8, in a girl-boy non-conference doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. with girls’ junior varsity and boys’ freshmen contests. The varsity girls will tip-off at 6 p.m. The sophomore boys will also start at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys wrap up the evening with a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Creek Girls have a Class 4A postseason bye and host the winner of a Region 4 quarterfinal game between Dubuque Wahlert and Liberty High School on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the 4A-4 Regional Final at the highest remaining ranked team’s site. Waterloo East, Independence and Marion make up the upper half of the regional bracket.