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Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss
Liberty High’s Iziah Poulsen goes up for two of his 10 points against Clear Creek Amana Saturday, Jan. 6. The Clippers and Lightning met in a girl/boy doubleheader with the “Bolts” zapping the Creek Boys, 58-45.

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.
The “Bolts” took a slim 12-10 lead over the Creek Boys at the end of the first period. Liberty’s Andre Brandon executed a lighting-quick slam-dunk in the first period to energize the Bolts’ fans. Brandon led all scorers with 23 points. The Bolts went on a 7-0 run early in the second period on their way to a 28-20-halftime lead. Liberty built a comfortable 41-28 lead in the third period. The Clippers regrouped and fought back, but also found themselves fighting foul trouble for leading scorer Darius Moore and T.J. Bollers. Moore had a five-point run in the fourth quarter before fouling out and led the Creek Boys with 14 points.
Scorers for Liberty included Ethan O’Donnell with 11 points; Iziah Poulsen contributed 10, with nine points from Bo Gryp. Grayson Tyler produced four points for Liberty with one point from Sam Funke. The Bolts travel to Waverly-Shell Rock High School in Waverly on Friday, Jan. 12, for a girl-boy varsity doubleheader with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off for the boys. The GoHawks were at 6-3 as-of Sunday, Jan. 7. The Bolts head for Troy Mills and North Linn High School on Tuesday, Jan. 16, for a 7:15 p.m. start. The Lynx were undefeated at 12-0 with over 100 points scored against East Buchanan, Clayton Ridge-Guttenburg and Midland, Wyoming. The Lynx’ closest game was a 28-point win Saturday, Jan. 6, against Monticello.
Scorers for CCA included Tyler Schrepfer with 11 points and Bollers with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Creek Boys travel to Marion on Friday, Jan. 12, to take on the Indians at 7:30 p.m. and will entertain the Bobcats of Benton Community on Tuesday, Jan. 16, also at 7:30 p.m. The Clippers took the Indians to overtime one year ago at home, ultimately losing 50-47 on Friday, the 13th. Marion also took the second game of the season 61-53 in Marion in February.
The Bobcats won both contests last season and defeated CCA 86-76 last month.