Clyde knocks off 5-time state champ Hathaway Brown

CLYDE – In the second half of Clyde’s game with defending state champion Hathaway Brown, it was announced over the public address system that the Fliers’ Amanda Cahill had set the program’s career mark for assists with 366.

Upon taking this in, Blazers coach Paul Barlow turned to the press area and asked “Did she get them all tonight?”

That’s what it must have felt like. In truth, Cahill had 10 assists to go with 18 points and six rebounds as the Fliers improved to 6-0 with a 74-29 victory over Hathaway Brown.

This was a game that looked better on the schedule than it did when Clyde and Hathaway Brown actually took the floor Saturday night.

History said it would be a classic. Clyde, undefeated so far this season, fell to the Blazers in each of the last two seasons, last year in the state semifinal. Hathaway Brown went on to win the state title, as it had done in the previous four years.

So, a perennial state champion from Shaker Heights coming to Clyde for a non-conference game in December sounded exciting.

It wasn’t.

Graduation hit the Blazers hard, and it showed just about from the opening tip.

Beth Brzozowski got the game’s first points, hitting a 3 to put the Blazers ahead.

Hathaway Brown didn’t score again for about another seven minutes, during which time the Fliers went on a 16-0 run.

Cahill scored eight points in the first period, six of which came off 3-pointers. Clyde shot 10 for 14 from the field in the first eight minutes, and led 25-5 after one.

“They’re better than we are, we’re rebuilding this year,” said Barlow, who started three freshmen. “We knew we were facing a tough schedule, and it’s … the learning curve is bigger than expected by some people, but honestly not by me.”

Clyde’s offense was good all night. While Cahill had the team high in points, Kelsey Michaels was also effective, scoring 16 points and leading the team with eight rebounds. Hannah Wadsworth added 12 points for the Fliers.

“We never looked at this as a revenge game or anything else,” Clyde coach John Cahill said. “We wanted to play hard and do some things well and I felt like we did at times.

“I like where we are and we’re just striving to get better.”

Hathaway Brown slipped to 0-6. It was led by Dani Lawson, who had 14 points and six rebounds.