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CCA’s 53-40 win over Benton Community first postseason win in over a decade

CCA’s Karsyn Stratton goes up for two of her game-high 20-points Wednesday, Feb. 15 at home against Benton Community in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game. The Clippers beat the Bobcats, 53-40, and advanced to a Saturday, Feb. 18, game against Cedar Rapids Xavier. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– They extended their season and made history doing so.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team knocked off Benton Community, 53-40, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game for the first postseason win in the program’s history in well over a decade.
The Creek Girls took a fast 8-0 lead with a pair of 3-point baskets from Claire Navara and a two-point shot from Karsyn Stratton. Navara put up three more 3-bombs and had a 17-point night, while Stratton went on to lead all scorers with 20 points. CCA had 10 unanswered points on the board before the Bobcats’ first bucket and took the first period, 12-4.
Erin Navara and Lauren Helle scored baskets in the second period with assists by Claire Navara and Be DeShaw respectively. The Bobcats found two openings and sank back-to-back 3-point baskets, but the Creek Girls were still comfortably ahead, 23-13, with less than two minutes remaining in the half and led 27-13 at halftime.
Claire Navara opened the second half with her fourth 3-point basket as the Creek Girls built a 34-20 lead. A Lauren Helle two-point bucket made it 41-25 before freshman Meagan Harvey closed the quarter with a two-point basket and a 47-27 advantage heading into the final period.
Helle had an eight-point night, with four from Harvey and two points each from Abbi Kinnaird and Erin Navara.
The win improved the Clippers to 13-9 and and sent them to Cedar Rapids Xavier (15-6) on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a semifinal matchup with the Saints, where CCA lost, 55-33, ending the girls’ season.