By Jerry Holsworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
QUICKSBURG - It took only a matter of seconds for Clarke County to establish its dominance over Stonewall Jackson on Monday in its boys basketball contest with the Generals. The Eagles used a fierce full-court press to force four General turnovers in the first two minutes of play to pull ahead by six. They road that success to a 64-22 victory over Stonewall Jackson.
"We haven't won a road game all season," Eagles coach Brent Emmart said. "That was our focus tonight. We wanted to come here and stay focused for the entire game, and I thought we did a good job of that. But you have to give Stonewall credit, they fought us for the entire game."
The Generals main difficulty was beating the Clarke County press. After eight minutes of play Stonewall Jackson had committed 11 turnovers. Unable to get the ball into scoring position with any consistency, the Generals managed just six field goal attempts in the first quarter.
"I thought we gave a good effort against a very good Clarke County team." Stonewall coach Sophie Stout said. "We were aggressive on the boards, but the turnovers just killed us. That's been our problem all year."
With the Eagles leading 24-4 after the first eight minutes of play things went from bad to worse for Stonewall Jackson. The Generals committed 13 more turnovers in the second period and managed just three field goal attempts in the quarter. Clarke County took advantage of Stonewall Jackson's inability to beat their press to mount a 35-6 halftime lead.
Stonewall Jackson, which finished the game with 31 turnovers, managed to reduce them to just seven in the second half. That resulted in more offensive opportunities. The General attempted 11 field goal in the third quarter; two more than they had in the entire first half.
Russell Hill was the chief beneficiary of those opportunities, scoring six of his team-high eight points in the period.
The increase in offense didn't slow down the Eagles though who still outscored Stonewall Jackson 12-6 in the quarter to expand their lead to 47-12 with only a quarter to play.
Clarke County got offense production from almost every player they put on the floor. Despite scoring 64 points in the game, only two Eagles scored in double figures. Stephan Bodkin and Sam Shiley had 11 points each.
Alexander Sefton, Jeremy Rhoads, and Matthew Moyer each contributed eight points each towards the Clarke County win. Grant Shaw and Vernon Mathews had six points each for the Eagles.
In all, nine Clarke County players got points for the Eagles.
Besides Hill, Carlos Saavedra had five points for the Generals.