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So close; Clippers’ season ends in OT

Benton Community 60, CCA Clippers 59
Noah Whittinghill collides with Benton Community’s Hunter Semelroth during the second half of Clear Creek Amana’s 60-59 overtime loss Feb. 24. Whittinghill provided a big spark off the bench for the Clippers, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists.

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE– Basketball season is officially over at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
The Bobcats of Benton Community closed the book on the Clippers’ season Monday, Feb. 24, in a Class 3A District 10 semifinal at Van Horne with a 60-59 win in overtime. Benton held a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period, but a 19-point effort by the Clippers in the second quarter led to a 28-22 advantage at the half. CCA stretched their lead to 39-28 going into the fourth period.
The Bobcats came clawing back with a 23-point assault to CCA’s 11 resulting in a 51-51 tie and leading to the extra period.
Drew Wagner led the Clippers with a team-high 16 points. Nate Woeste of Benton Community led all with a game-high 22 points.
The Clippers bowed out with a 6-15 record while the Bobcats improved to an 18-4 record on their way to a Thursday, Feb. 27, district final match-up with Solon at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
CCA coach Steve Ottoson took the loss in stride and praised his Clippers.
“I told my team that in all my years coaching, I don’t think I have ever been more proud of a team as I was that night. We played so hard and to lead until .2 seconds left in regulation was really hard to take. We lost to a very good team but our kids should hold their heads high.”
The team loses Cody Wagner, Josh Dillon and Jacob Klingeman to graduation. Wagner averaged three points per game, Dillon averaged 3.7 and Klingeman averaged 3.2. “Our three seniors worked very hard and had great attitudes all year. We will miss them,” Ottoson said before taking a look to next season.
“With most of our players returning, we are looking forward to the future. Although our record might not show it, we improved a lot this year and really started to gel as a team.”
Notes from the scoring table:
Drew Wagner, a junior, led the Clippers with 16 points and was among three in double-digits. Noah Whittinghill and Cal Miller, both sophomores, both scored 11 points.
Josh Dillon had a seven-point night, Nile Rourke, a junior, was held to only six points. Rourke had been averaging 11.4 points per game. Keyan McAreavy and Cody Wagner had four points each.
Miller had CCA’s only 3-point shot of the night. As a team, the Clippers were 1-8 in 3-point territory and 21-42 in field goals.
Drew Wagner had 17 rebounds.