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Claymont halts Strasburg win streak 54-26
Dec 31, 2013 12:56 AM
 
UHRICHSVILLE The Strasburg High School girls basketball team entered the Claymont gymnasium Monday night looking to increase its winning streak to five games, but the unstoppable force that is the Mustangs wouldn’t let that happen. 
 
With well-executed guard play and a strong defense, Claymont trampled over Strasburg 54-26, improving their record to 4-5 on the season.
 
After the loss, Strasburg fell to 6-3.
 
“I thought our defense’s pressure was good all night and offensively we were good at times,” Claymont head coach Derek O’Hara said. “It’s good to get another win and they (Strasburg) are a good solid team; they play hard.”
 
Claymont outscored Strasburg each frame, only allowing the Tigers to score in double digits in the final quarter. 
 
But when it came to the offensive duties of the Mustangs, it was Tiffany Sunderlin who took control of the court and went on to record a double-double. 
 
“Tiffany played really well tonight,” O’Hara said about the senior forward/center. “We saw that she was hot early, so we kept feeding her the ball. She knocked down her foul shots and kept giving it to her and that’s what you got to do when somebody’s scoring.”
 
In the opening quarter, Sunderlin drove the ball down court to score 10 points, followed by six in the second quarter. By halftime, Sunderlin put up 16 of Claymont’s 30 points and went eight-of-eight from the free throw line. Ultimately, Sunderlin would go on to lead the Mustangs with 20 points as she grabbed down 10 boards.
 
Courtney Sowers also scored in double digits, pitching in 10 points for Claymont.  
 
Next to the offense, foul shooting was also advantageous with four players making 50 percent or better from the line. Sunderlin led at the line, going 8-of-10 and Sowers followed as she went 6-of-8. 
 
The offensive force of Strasburg was light when the Tigers only scored a total of 10 points just as the final quarter commenced. That was when an attempt was made to get back in the game as the Tigers scored 16 points amongst seven players. However, that couldn’t match the Claymont scoring marathon.
 
McKenzie McGaha scored 11 total points to lead Strasburg and went seven-of-nine from the line. 
 
With the win, the Mustangs are eager to step back on their home court to go up against their next opponent. 
 
O’Hara commented that during last night’s game his team had too many turnovers and costly mistakes that he wants corrected before the next contest this weekend.
 
“We got Cambridge on Saturday, it’s a good league foe,” O’Hara said. “They’re a very good team, got a lot of talent coming back from last year’s team, so it’s a going to be a good battle.”
 
 
 
Reach Alex at 330-364-8425 or
 
alex.knisely@timesreporter.com
 
On Twitter: @TRAlexSports
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Edited: Dec 31, 2013 12:56 AM by Bob George
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