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Unhappy start to New Year

TIFFIN— Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the new year with a pair of losses on the home hardwood. The Creek girls fell 56-45 Tuesday, Jan. 3, to Independence, and took a non-conference loss on Thursday, Jan. 5, losing 57-42 at the hands of the West Branch Bears.
The JV girls opened Thursday night’s campaign with a 56-44 win. The varsity crew took a 4-0 lead as Tara Walls and Hanna Stokes scored. Maliah Fligg and Fran Strub contributed buckets to give the home team a 12-10 lead for the first period. A West Branch 3-pointer opened the second stanza. Caitlin Wnek sank a three-bomb to tie the game at 17. A field goal by freshman Megan Hall gave the Clippers a 22-19 lead. The Bears hit another 3-pointer followed by a pair of field goals to take a 25-22 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Clippers found themselves playing catch-up through the third quarter as a pair of West Branch 3-pointers gave them a 31-25 deficit. Creek was down 37-28 when Fligg put up a basket. A Strub free throw cut the gap to six points going into the final eight minutes. Stokes sank the Clippers’ first three baskets, bringing the squad to within two points of their guests.
The Bears then went on a five-point tear with another three-bomb and a pair of charity shots. Wnek’s bucket made it 44-39 with around two minutes to play. The rest of the game belonged to the Bears. Fligg hit a free throw making it a 48-40 ballgame while Wnek got the final Clipper basket.
Stokes led the squad with 14 points, Wnek had nine and Strub put up seven. Fligg had five points in stark contrast to her 29-point effort against Mid Prairie before the Christmas break. Walls’ four points and Hall’s three rounded out the scorers. Creek dropped to 3-8 overall.
The Clippers will hope for good luck on Friday, Jan. 13, as they face Benton Community at home.