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Prairie tops Covington

EYEING THE COURT: Clinton Prairie remained unbeaten with a 42-37 win over Covington on Tuesday. Above, senior guard Tatum Neal brings the ball up during last Thursday’s win against Fountain Central.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Clinton Prairie beat visiting Covington in a tight 42-37 girls basketball game on Tuesday night behind 17 points from Rebekah Lloyd and 16 from Tatum Neal.

“This game was very back and forth the entire way,” Gophers head coach Amie Anthrop said. “You can tell that it is early in the year for both teams because a lot of small mistakes were made, but we found a way to get a win in a pretty ugly game.”

The win moved Prairie to 2-0 on the season. Lloyd was an efficient 6 for 8 from the field, also hitting 5 of 8 from the charity stripe.

“I thought Rebekah Lloyd had a great game,” Anthrop said. “She finished with a game high 17 points and seven rebounds.”

Lloyd added a block and a steal to finish out her stat line.

After shooting a perfect 7 of 7 from 3-point range in the Gophers’ opening win against Fountain Central last Thursday, Neal struggled with her shot on Tuesday going 1 for 8 from distance. She did contribute four rebounds, three steals and an assist to the victory.

“I am proud of the team for fighting through,” Anthrop said. “There were many things that we need to do a better job at on the offensive and defensive end, but to be able to find a way to get it done really speaks volumes for the type of kids we have.”

She singled out Emma McKinney and Hannah Wilson for playing “very good defense throughout the game.

“Those two are two that will typically score for us, but they realized their role last night was to apply pressure on defense and force stops,” Anthrop said.

Neither player scored on the night, but McKinney had three steals to go with two rebounds and a block. Wilson had a steal and an assist.

Freshman Tynlie Neal had 5 points, adding three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Katie Blacker and Hadley Wilson had 2 points each to complete the scoring for Clinton Prairie. Blacker added six rebounds and a steal, while Hadley’s stat line included a rebound and two assists.

Kayla Martin had three rebounds and Kylee Maish one for the Gophers.

“We still have a lot of areas that we need to improve on especially for our game on Saturday, but I am proud of the girls and the team for remaining a team and coming out with a victory,” Anthrop said.

Clinton Prairie hosts Lafayette Central Catholic, which beat the Gophers, 50-34, last year, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Knights lost three of their four top scorers from that 15-11 squad to graduation, but return last year’s top scorer (14.7 ppg) Lexi Thompson, a 5-11 senior guard.

Central Catholic opened its season on Tuesday with a 56-32 win at Logansport.

The Clinton Prairie junior varsity also won (45-15) against Covington on Tuesday night. The Gophers were led by Tatum Nash with 12 points and Rylee Ward with 10.