BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves climbed out of a 9-point deficit against Bloomfield Hills last Thursday to win their OAA Red game, 43-39.
“It was a good win,” said Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach Christine Rogers. “We battled back.”
Bloomfield Hills opened the game with the first basket and senior Molly Nicholson brought the Wolves into the lead with one point off a free throw and two more from a basket with an assist from sophomore Taylor Heaton.
The Blackhawks responded going on a 9-2 run before closing the quarter. Senior Kayla Luchenbach scored the two points to put the score, 11-5.
The Wolves tied the score within a few minutes of the second quarter with points off free throws from Nicholson and Luchenbach and a basket from Luchenbach.
The Wolves were sent to the line again where senior Maddie Beck scored one point to bring her team into the lead.
Bloomfield Hills fought back scoring on four field goal attempts to help boost them to a 27-18 lead as the half ended.
“We rode out their three-point barrage,” Rogers said. “We knew they were going to hit a bunch. We just had to play through it. We did in the second half. We adjusted our defense a little bit. Everyone came out determined to win this game. It didn’t matter if we came out at half time down by nine – we were determined to turn it around. People stepped up, had free throws, we took advantage of our height, and did what we needed to do to get the win.”
Clarkston kept the Blackhawks to five points in the third half as they came back to score 16 to take the lead, 34-32.
Beck kept the momentum going starting the final quarter with a 3-point shot.
Bloomfield closed in with their own three point shot and a basket to tie the score at 37 points only to have it shortlived as Luchenbach broke the tie with her own basket.
The Blackhawks went for another 3-point attempt which Beck quickly blocked the ball before it could make it halfway to the hoop with 3:20 remaining in the game.
Thirty-five seconds later their next attempt to score made it to the basket to tie the game at 39 points.
With a minute remaining, Nicholson put the Wolves back into the lead after using Heaton’s rebound as a scoring opportunity.They added two more to the board with three seconds remaining off two free throws from Beck.
Luchenbach led the team with 15 points and had eight rebounds. Beck scored 13 points and had eight rebounds. Nicholson had nine points and Heaton had six points, off two field goals.
Bloomfield Hills’ Maryam Hashim scored 20 points, with four field goals during the night.
Clarkston opened the week at Rochester Adams. They are back home when they host Stoney Creek on Friday. During the night, all money raised is donated to the Chad Tough Foundation.
They host Lake Orion on Tuesday, making up the cancelled game due to weather on Jan. 12.
JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.