SHEFFIELD TWP. — Sometimes throughout a long basketball season there are games a team would rather forget.
Wednesday night’s Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division game against Lutheran West was one of those for Clearview.
The Clippers got off to more than a sluggish start and was never able to recover in a 53-38 loss.
The loss is the first for Clearview (2-1, 1-1), while Lutheran West improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
“We were lethargic in the first half and when you spot a team that many points it’s a tough mountain to climb,” Clearview coach Nick Dimacchia said. “We played with more effort in the second half.”
The Clippers were doomed by turnovers and a lack of rebounding from tip-off. They turned the ball over on five of their first six possessions and quickly fell behind 8-0.
Clearview’s first point didn’t come until Ariana Vazquez made a free throw with 3:35 remaining in the opening quarter. The Clippers made just one field goal in the period and trailed 12-3.
“We got off to a really slow start and didn’t play great as a team,” Vazquez said. “There were a lot of things we didn’t do well in the first half.”
The second quarter didn’t prove much better for Clearview as the Longhorns dominated the offensive glass to control the quarter. They grabbed 11 offensive rebounds, fueling a 14-2 Lutheran West run that spanned nearly the entire period.
The Clippers trailed 30-7 at halftime.
“Give the kids credit, they really put their focus on rebounding and defense,” Lutheran West coach Trey Senney said. “We were very active on the offensive glass and did a good job with that.”
Clearview played much better in the second half, showing glimpses of the team that started the season with two convincing victories.
They cut down their turnovers significantly, giving up the ball only seven times compared to 16 in the opening half and outscored Lutheran West 15-3 in the third quarter, led by Brooke Rebman’s nine points and three rebounds.
Clearview opened the fourth quarter with five straight points, gaining some momentum and forcing a Lutheran West timeout. It was too late, though, as the Clippers weren’t able to get closer than 13 points.
“We played really tough in the second half and if we had started the game that way, maybe there would have been a different outcome,” Dimacchia said.
Clearview got within 13 points twice in the fourth quarter, first, early in the quarter with a basket by Vazquez, then again a few minutes later. The Longhorns responded each time, scoring baskets on the ensuing possessions.
“We played a lot better in the second half and that is a positive we can take from this game,” Vazquez said. “We just have to keep getting better.”
Clearview was held to just 30 percent shooting from the field and made 11-of-27 free throws.
Rebman led the team with a game-high 16 points, while no other Clipper scored in double-digits.
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