Clearwater girls split pair of games


By Michael Buhler

The Clearwater Indians girls basketball team had a bit of a mixed week, losing to Andale 38-22 last Tuesday but rebounding to roll to a 54-27 win over Rose Hill last Friday.
Against Rose Hill, Clearwater held an 11-8 lead after the opening period, but dominated the middle two quarters to turn the game into a rout. The Indians outscored Rose Hill 18-7 in the second quarter to lead 29-15 at halftime, then used an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter to take a 47-21 lead to the final period.
For the game, Clearwater forced 29 turnovers.
“We were a little sluggish to get started,” Clearwater coach Casey Carlson said. “Six of our 15 turnovers came in the first four minutes of the game. I don’t know if we just weren’t ready to play or if we just thought we could take it easy against a team with two wins. We finally started to click in the second quarter as our press really started to bother them in the second and the third quarter. We were able to get some transition points that helped extend the lead.”
Brooke Berlin had perhaps her best game of the season as she led Clearwater with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Elizabeth Tjaden added 18 points in the win.
“Before the game, I told Brooke Berlin she needed to have 20 points and 10 boards this game and she responded by scoring a career-high 25 points and grabbing 12 boards,” Coach Carlson said. “We emphasized getting her the ball due to her size advantage.”
The Indians were at home vs. Mulvane earlier this week and finish the regular season Thursday by heading to Wellington.
Clearwater: Brooke Berlin 25, Elizabeth 18, Carli Carlson 9, Camryn Clevenger 2.

At Andale Last Tuesday, Clearwater trailed 21-15 at the intermission, but the hosts outscored Clearwater 14-4 in the third to take a 35-19 lead to the fourth quarter.
“I thought, defensively, we played pretty well outside a couple of early possessions and a couple of possessions in the third quarter,” Clevenger said. “We just really struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. In the second half, Andale just forced us into some tough shots.”
Clearwater: Elizabeth Tjaden 10, Brooke Berlin 6, Carli Carlson 6.