INMAN – Clinton High School’s basketball program came home from the road with good news and bad news.
The undefeated Clinton girls overcame a slow start on Wednesday night to defeat Chapman, 61-54, and the brunt of the scoring came from De’Shanti Watts, who scored 33 points.
Savanna Campbell added 10 points as the Red Devils improved to 3-0 headed into Friday night’s home game against Laurens.
“We played a very bad first half,” head coach John Gardner said. “We missed some easy shots and got into foul trouble. We came out in the second half and played much, much better better to get the win.
“It was a nice win in our first road game.”
Watts scored 22 points in the second half.
Paige Aho led the Panthers with 18, all on three-pointers, and Ke’Asia Anderson added 12 points.
The boys’ team second half was not so productive as the Red Devils, in their opener, squandered a 19-point, third-quarter lead and fell, 79-73.
J.D. Payne scored 34 points, with three three-pointers, hitting 18 points in the first half and 16 in the second. Davis Wilson added 14 points and Ahmari Bates 13.
Clinton (0-1) led 65-53 entering the fourth quarter. Chapman outscored the Red Devils 26-8 from that point on.
Andrew Colasurdo led the Panthers with 19 points, followed by Mikele Colasurdo and Brandon Fortenberry-Smith with 15.
Chapman outscored the Red Devils by 15 at the free-throw line. The Panthers converted 26 out of 38; the Red Devils, 11 out of 22. Bates, P.J. Bluford and Sam Tiller all fouled out.