Clyde takes own tourney

CLYDE – Clyde won its own tournament, Lakota won its first game, and Columbian didn’t hold onto the ball.

Those were the stories from this year’s Clyde Turkey Shootout.

The Fliers took first by winning for the second time in three days, topping Mohawk 73-39, in the second game here Saturday night.

The Raiders knocked off the Tornadoes in the first game, 53-44.

While Mohawk was beaten by 34, it played the Fliers tough for most of the first half. Despite starting the game in a 12-0 hole, the Warriors fought back. A Clara Adelsperger layup capped a 13-5 Warrior run, and brought the Warriors to within 18-13 late in the first quarter.

“I was really proud of our girls,” first-year Mohawk coach Mike Beck said. “When it was 12-0, they could have quit.

“We make a few shots there [in the first half], it could be interesting.”

But Clyde prevailed, behind a 25-point, 10-rebound effort from Amanda Cahill.

“Obviously, you’re the real deal if someone in the Big Ten is offering you money to play there,” Beck said of the Indiana recruit.

But it wasn’t just the Cahill Show.

Lexi Weber had 14 points for the Fliers, while Breanna Michaels had 11 points.

Clyde made six 3-pointers on the night.

Still, Clyde coach John Cahill was the one who sounded disappointed after the game.

“I feel like we’re struggling to make easy shots and it’s affecting everything we do,” the coach said.

The key to breaking away, according to John Cahill, was that his defense stopped gambling.

“We got down and guarded,” he said.

Kasey Adelsperger led the Warriors with 14 points.

In the night’s first game, Lakota used a dominant third quarter – it outscored the Tornadoes 20-3 – to claim its win.

Lakota trailed TC 24-23 at half.

“We came out at the half, I told them to turn up the pressure on defense,” Lakota coach Mike Miller said. “They did an excellent job.

The Raiders shook off a 95-20 loss to Clyde on Thursday behind the play of Katie Park, who had 16 points and eight rebounds.

“Katie played big all night,” Miller said. “She’s the one that calms us down.”

Lakota overcame 26 turnovers and a nearly disastrous fourth quarter that saw the Tornadoes cut a 16-point deficit down to three.

But in the end, the Tornadoes were done in by their miscues. They had 33 turnovers.

Tornadoes coach Katie Fazekas said her team put itself at too much of a disadvantage.

“They fought; they’ll fight hard every game,” Fazekas said. “But we can’t dig that deep a hole.”

TC was led by Valesha Province, who had 17 points and eight boards. But TC’s offense struggled so much that at one point in the first half, Fazekas went with a five-guard set.

Fazekas said afterward she would put the best five on the floor.

“I don’t care what position they are,” Fazekas said.

Miller said the win was big after being beaten by a large margin Thursday. He said he talked to some coaches after the loss.

“They loved the way we never quit,” he said. “It shows a lot about our character.”

And the Raiders were rewarded Saturday with a win.