Clinton (17-6) dug a first-half hole it could not climb out of. The Tigers led 15-6 after a quarter and 30-9 at halftime. The Red Devils outscored Southside in the third quarter 13-4 and 11-6 in the fourth.
“We came out and started off a little timid,” said CHS head coach John Gardner. “We made careless mistakes with the ball, throwing it away and giving them easy layups.
“We didn’t settle down until the third quarter and made a comeback to get within seven points a couple times but could never get over the hump.”
De’Shanti Watts led the Red Devils with 11 points. Savanna Campbell scored eight. Terriauna Bennett and Payton Price-Walker each added six, and Taneal Evans scored two.
Jordan Thompson led Southside (11-10) with 14 points. Anaya Muhammad added 11 and Daianna Williams seven.
Both teams tried nine free throws. Southside hit four. Clinton hit five.
“We were disappointed in the way it ended,” Gardner said, “but I’m proud of this group for a great year. I’m thankful for the three seniors (Campbell, Aaliyah Johnston and Latoria Johnson) for their hard work. The future is bright with all the young talent we have on varsity and JV.”
The Clinton boys will face Chapman on Tuesday night. The game in Inman begins at 6:30.