NEWBERRY – Clinton High School’s girls’ basketball team, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, put years of frustration behind them with a 58-43 victory over Newberry on Friday night.
De’Shanti Watts led the Red Devils with 23 points as Clinton (14-1, 2-1 Region 3-3A) dominated throughout against the Bulldogs, who won the state championship in 2017-18.
Head coach John Gardner said it was “a good team win on the road. We controlled the game from the start.”
Terriauna Bennett scored 10 for the Red Devils, followed by Savanna Campbell and Taneal Evans, each with eight. Tinique Austin scored five and Payton Price four.
Diamond Davis led Newberry with 16 points.
The Red Devil boys continued to struggle, absorbing a 75-50 setback at the hands of the Bulldogs, who battled it out with Clinton for the region championship the past two seasons.
“We were down seven at halftime,” said Clinton head coach Eddie Romines, “but, offensively, Newberry played a near-perfect second half and we struggled. In spite of the lost, I’m proud of my guys for never quitting. They played hard the whole night. Newberry was just the better team.”
J.D. Payne led Clinton (3-11, 0-3) with 14 points. Amari Bates and Sam Tiller each scored eight, a career best for Tiller, and P.J. Bluford and Elijah Campbell each scored five. Davis Wilson, Konnor Richardson, Titus Hood and Juan Lawson all scored two, and Theo Sparks chipped in one.
Nick Paul led Newberry with 13 points, followed by Kobe Hardy with 12. All 14 players on the Bulldogs’ roster scored.
The game was full of free throws. Clinton hit 17 of 30, and Newberry connected on 12 of 23.