On Thursday, both Clinton basketball teams had a chance to avenge losses to Midway earlier this week (see related story) and took full advantage of the back-and-forth battle between the teams this season, this time with Dark Horse teams getting the sweep.
After taking on the Lady Raiders on Tuesday and losing comfortably, the Lady Horses had an immediate chance for revenge. Escaping from an early hole, Clinton beat Midway, 58-54, in a thrilling match that took overtime to decide.
At first, things seemed to be headed for Tuesday’s tilt. Midway took a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes.
Tara Joyner worked inside the paint to open the scoring for the Lady Horses, who led 16-6 at the end of one.
Coming back into the game, it wasn’t a quick run that overwhelmed the Lady Raiders, rather they saw their lead slowly shrink.
Midway managed to hold onto the lead at halftime, 22-18, but the Lady Horses controlled the momentum.
After methodically shuffling away, CHS took their first lead of the night deep into the third. Clinton erased Midway’s advantage in the low-scoring third quarter that came in at 28-all.
Powered by Khaliah Chestnutt and Brittany Blackburn, the Lady Horses had a 39-33 lead midway through the fourth period.
While two seven-point deficits this late in the game looked particularly tough to overcome, Midway was not going to go away easily.
In the final 1:30 of regulation time, the Lady Raiders beat Clinton, 10-3, a run capped by Kris’shyia McKoy’s buzzer beating three, to tie the game at 47-47 with zeros on the clock.
Overtime mirrored the fourth in many ways. The Lady Horses took a 53-47 lead, but Midway cut it back to 53-51, with 30 seconds left. However, no last-second buzzer beater was in sight this time, as Clinton clinched the 58-54 victory.
Thursday’s victory was the CHS’s first in the conference. The Lady Horses now sit at 7-12 (1-8). Midway’s loss drops them to 8-9 (2-5).
In the boys’ game, behind a raucous home crowd still abuzz after the girls’ victory, the Dark Horses defeated Midway, 42-32.
The Horses jumped on an 8-2 run against Midway in the opening moments of the game. Starting on a fast run, the Raiders took their first lead at 10-8, before Landon Pearson’s three to finish first over the Horses ahead by one point.
Neither team got much separation throughout the second quarter either. After being tied at 14 all, the Raiders entered halftime clinging to a slim 22-21 advantage.
As the score indicated, it was clear that Thursday’s tilt was going in a very different direction than Tuesday’s, which saw Midway rout the Horses, 59-35.
Clinton’s defense was all over the Raiders in the second half. The Horses held Midway to just 10 points in the third and fourth quarters. Clinton, meanwhile, doubled that to secure a 42-32 victory over the rival Raiders.
Thursday’s win ended a six-game losing streak for the Horses, earning their first win in conference action. Clinton improved to 7-12 (1-8), while Midway fell to 7-10 (1-6).
Clinton and Midway’s next opponent is the West Bladen Knights. The Horses will host West Bladen on Tuesday. Midway, however, traveled to Bladenboro on Friday night.
Next in line for Clinton and Midway are matchups against West Bladen. The Lady Raiders were scheduled to visit the Lady Knights on Friday, before West Bladen travels to Clinton on Tuesday.