7th Grade Lady Bengals win over Chapman 


The CCCMS 7th grade girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins over Chapman on Thursday.  In the A-game, Clay Center topped the Irish 36-22, and in a shortened 2-quarter B-game, the Bengals took a 14-6 win.  


In the A-game, Chapman got off to a quick start, outscoring the Bengals 6-4 in the first quarter and 7-5 in the second to take a 13-9 lead into halftime.  Chapman used quick ball movement and dribble drives to the basket to catch the Bengals off guard and take the early lead.  The second half saw the Bengals settle in and get their offense on track, closing the gap and taking a 24-22 third quarter lead, outscoring the Irish 15-9.  In the fourth quarter, Clay Center turned up the defensive pressure and held Chapman scoreless while adding 12 more points to the board with solid rebounding and a good transition game.  Lilly Edwards led the Bengal scoring attack with a game-high 23 points, followed by 6 from Raimee Lipker, 4 from Daelynn Rothfuss, and 3 from Raelynn Cranmer.  Eleven Bengals saw action in the game.  


We struggled with our lineup changes early in the game, but settled in as the game progressed.  I was very pleased with how the girls adjusted and continued to compete even when our shots weren't falling and we were struggling on defense.  The persistence the girls showed, and the defensive intensity down the stretch was critical for us.  We are continuing to give great effort every night out.  This was a tough week with three games versus tough opponents.  


In the B -game, Clay Center started quick, taking a 6-4 first quarter lead.  In the second quarter, the Bengals stretched the lead, outscoring the Irish 8-2 with good defensive play and being more aggressive on the offensive end.   Molly McGee led the Bengal scoring with 8 points, with Taylor Green, Maddie Larson, and Alana Liby each adding 2 points.  


Next action for the Bengals will be Tuesday as they travel to Abilene.