Orion comeback comes up short in Shootout

Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 10:46 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
The Orion Chargers had the shot they wanted Saturday with the girl they wanted.

But even perfect situations sometimes still miss becoming perfect endings.

Orion lost to North Scott at the Dearrel Bates Mississippi River Shootout at Black Hawk College, 47-45, despite a tremendous effort from Cassidy Clark.

The Charger senior had a game-high 25 points, and got a good look from the top of the key as the final seconds ticked away, but the shot went off the rim to the right to end the girls' basketball thriller.

"We knew they'd only be looking at Clark and we knew they'd double team her," Orion coach John McBride said.

Even with all of that attention, Clark still got to the top of the key, where a pair of screens picked off her defenders, giving her the late look.

"We didn't want to tie; we wanted to win it," McBride said. "We got the look we wanted, right where we wanted it and the right girl was shooting. She has ice in her veins."

Clark pulled the Chargers (10-7) all the way back with a perfect fourth quarter until the final shot. She added a double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds and proved an even bigger presence in the lane by blocking 6 shots.

"We were hoping they'd be looking at our guards and trying to defend against a 3 from them," said Clark, whose career high of 36 came against Macomb earlier this season. "We knew they would be a good team and wanted to try to get them tired by running them out."

The Chargers nearly did, holding the Lancers (6-5) to less than 10 points in the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn't enough to pick up the win.

North Scott went on an 8-0 run to end the half, and kept Orion scoreless the final 4:58 of the half.

Baillie McCunn added a half-dozen points and rebounds for Orion, while North Scott was led by Rachel Edmundson (12 points). The Chargers actually limited North Scott to 27-percent shooting, but were outrebounded 36-29 and turned the ball over 17 times to the Lancers' 9.


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