It was a good night for Cleveland basketball, as both Raider teams defeated visiting Soddy Daisy in Tuesday night’s double-header.
In the girls game, after the Trojans scored the first bucket, the Lady Raiders went on an 8 to 3 run to take a 10-3 lead following a 3-point field goal my Cleveland point guard Jenna Scoggins.
Cleveland also clamped down on defense, as it extended its first quarter lead to 13-5 while gathering 4 steals. Soddy Daisy climbed back to bring the score to 17-10 in Cleveland’s favor by the end of the quarter, while the Lady Raiders got cold from the perimeter.
The Lady Raiders open the second period of play with a half-court trap and the Trojans responded with a full court press,. As the defensive pressure from both teams grew more intense each team lost a player to a scuffle. Hannah Smith (Soddy) and Bre Ware (Cleveland) were ejected after exchanging blows. The lady Raiders continued to extend their lead and went to the half with a 30-19 lead.
Soddy Daisy outscored Cleveland in the third 9-7, but it couldn't quite close the gap, as all its points came three 3-point shots. The Trojans were able to get into the paint all night, but almost never finished, as the Lady Raiders cruised in the fourth outscoring the Trojans 15-5.
Nora Berry led all scorers with 21, including 9 in the final quarter and Mallory Wade led the Trojans with 11 in the 52-33 victory.
The Cleveland boys jumped out to an early lead, dropping four 3-pointers and going on a 14 to 2 run to end the first quarter with an 16-7 lead. Soddy Daisy cut the lead to 3 by halftime, while Cleveland struggled with its perimeter shooting, ending the half with the score at 27-24 in Cleveland’s favor.
The two teams played quick and haphazardly until the Raiders picked up the pace on defense and the Trojans got into foul trouble towards the end of the third period. Soddy Daisy’s foul issues eventually put the Raiders in the double bonus as Cleveland proceeded to hit 11 of 18 free-throws.
The Raiders closed out the night with a hard-fought 62-54 win. Cleveland’s Kendrick Thompson led all scorers with 19 points that included three 3-pointers, while James York led Soddy Daisy with 15.
Cleveland 17 13 7 15 -- 52
Soddy Daisy 10 9 9 5 -- 33
Cleveland (52) – Nora Berry 21, Jenna Scoggins 10, Hallea McClendon 6, Amber Morman 4, Bre Ware 4, Gorniayn Walkupp 5, Sofia Stamatiadis 1, Timyrah Phillips 1
Soddy Daisy (33) – Mallory Wade 11, Brooke Hale 9, Morgan Hopkins 6, Ashley Hancock 4, Kelsea King 3
3-Point Goals: Cleveland 5, Soddy Daisy 6
Cleveland 16 11 15 20 -- 62
Soddy Daisy 7 17 12 18 -- 54
Cleveland (62) – Kendrick Thompson 19, Colby Tatum 9, Anfernee Scott 9, Cantrel Ware 7, Tyqwan Ware 6, Isaiah Beaty 5, Jonathan Vecchio 4, Jake Gibson 3
Soddy Daisy (54) – James York 15, Marshae Jeffries 11, Andy Wright 10, Jacob Floyd 8, Bradley Whymer 3, Ross Eller 3, Christian Amos 2, Tre Carter 2
3-Point Goals: Cleveland 9, Soddy Daisy 5