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Gophers turn it on against Frontier

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CAUGHT IN A TRAP: Frontier’s Kyra Wilson feels the pressure as Clinton Prairie’s Hannah Wilson, 23, and Tatum Neal, 22, trap her in the second half of Saturday’s game.
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DRIVING PAST: Clinton Prairie’s Tynlie Neal drives against Frontier’s Cait Lewis early in the Gophers’ win on Saturday.
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FIRST POINT: Clinton Prairie senior Liz Perez scored her first varsity point on a free throw in Saturday’s game. She added two steals, a rebound and an assist.
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UP FOR 2: Clinton Prairie’s Hannah Wilson scores off a steal in the first quarter of the Gophers’ win against Frontier on Saturday.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Clinton Prairie started slowly against visiting Frontier in a girls basketball game on Saturday but in just under a two minute period turned a 13-12 deficit in the first quarter into a 20-13 lead.

The Gophers didn’t look back from there, coasting to a 55-25 win.

I just think we lacked a little bit of intensity to start, but we were able to get up into our pressure and I think our full-court man-to-man started to get us going as well as wear Frontier down,” Prairie head coach Amie Anthrop said. “It just took us a little bit to get going, but once we got going we had the intensity we needed and we got good looks on offense then.”

Sophomore Hannah Wilson made a steal off the press with 4:40 to play in the first, converting it into a layup. Tynlie Neal and Kayla Martin followed that up with scores and two free throws by Katie Blacker made it 20-13 with 2:55 left in the quarter.

In all, the Gophers had three qirls in double figures, with Tatum Neal leading the team with 13. Tynlie Neal scored 11 and Emma McKinney 10, with Katie Blacker following up a team-leading 18 in last week’s loss to McCutcheon with nine.

“Katie is finally getting back to her game,” Anthrop said. “Her outside shot is falling. She’s able to get to the rim. Tonight she got to the free-throw line eight times. Things are starting to settle down for Katie and she’s starting to get a lot of good and positive looks for us.

“Balance is what we want,” she added. “We might have a different leading scorer every night, but as long as we’ve got some balance on the offensive end it makes us hard to guard for other teams. Definitely, a positive for us when everybody’s contributing.”

The comfortable lead near the end allowed senior Liz Perez to register her first varsity point after dealing with adversity over the summer. The Prairie bench was cheering her on as she registered several positive stats in the fourth quarter.

“She was in a car accident in July, so she just was cleared,” Anthrop said. “She has been practicing with us the whole time, but she was just finally cleared for full contact.

“She was a JV kid last year so this was her first time in a varsity game -- her first point and rebound and steal (with an assist as well). So, it was pretty exciting for us to be in that situation for her to get in there at the end and get her first point.”

Martin and Wilson finished off the Gopher scoring with five and four points respectively. Blacker led the team in rebounds with seven, adding three steals. Wilson had a team-high six steals to go with three rebounds and an assist.

Other stats were registered by Tynlie Neal with six rebounds, two steals and an assist, Hadley Wilson (three rebounds and two steals), Perez (two steals, a rebound and an assist), Rebekah Lloyd (two steals and a rebound), McKinney (a rebound and an assist), Tatum Neal (a rebound and an assist), Martin (a rebound and a steal) and Kylee Maish (a rebound).

Clinton Prairie (5-3) hosts Tri-Central (3-5) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

GOPHERS 55, Falcons 25

Frontier

Totals 10 2-7 25.

Clinton Prairie

Tatum Neal 4 4-4 13, Tynlie Neal 4 3-5 11, McKinney 4 0-0 10, Blacker 1 6-8 9, Martin 2 0-0 5, Hannah Wilson 2 0-2 4, Ward 1 0-0 2, Perez 0 1-2 1, Hadley Wilson 0 0-2 0, Lloyd 0 0-0 0, Maish 0 0-0 0, Padgett 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-23 55.

Frontier 7 6 4 8 -- 25

Clinton Prairie 10 17 18 10 -- 55

3-point goals - Frontier (3), Clinton Prairie (McKinney 2, Blacker 1, Tatum Neal 1, Martin 1). Total fouls - Frontier 22, Clinton Prairie 13.