CLEWISTON — The Clewiston Lady Tigers basketball team defeated the Moore Haven Lady Terriers 55-15 on Jan. 22. The win brings the Lady Tigers to 15-2 on the season, their best record since the 2011 season where they finished 14-7-1.
It was a dominating performance from Clewiston, who played an aggressive defensive game that generated multiple takeaways and created opportunities for their playmakers to score points.
Still, even with the lopsided victory, first year Clewiston coach Johnny Jackson sees room for improvement.
“We played great defense,” explained Jackson, “but I thought we had bad shooting. Just weren’t hitting shots that we usually hit.”
Moore Haven could only muster seven points in the first half, while the Lady Tigers put up 23 of their own.
The Lady Terriers showed some flashes of life in the second half, but weren’t consistent enough on either side of the ball. Most importantly Moore Haven couldn’t limit their mistakes on offense. Bad passes, missed shots, and penalties all piled up and turned the game into a barn burner for the home team in Clewiston.
One highlight on offense for the Lady Tigers was CHS senior Shakayla Hankins, who hit multiple three pointers during the Moore Haven game. Hankins leads the team in average points scored per game with 16.8 for the season, senior Kayman Robinson is not far behind with an average of 14 points per game.
Now the Lady Tigers are preparing for a rematch against the district leading Gateway Charter Lady Griffins on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Clewiston High School. The Lady Griffins have a 19-1 record on the season, and beat Clewiston 50-46 during their Dec. 15 game earlier in the season.
Despite a second quarter that saw the Lady Griffins score 20 points while holding the Lady Tigers to 10, Clewiston played fairly evenly with Gateway Charter in their first game.
“I’m hoping we can get them this time,” said Jackson. “The message I’m going to instill in the girls all week is ‘revenge.’ Hopefully that’ll motivate them to play hard and win the game.”
The game could be a potential playoff preview as both teams should be in the playoffs this year.
“This is my first year coaching,” explained Jackson. “I was strictly a football guy, but some of the girls convinced me to come coach the team. I think we can make a run in the playoffs if we can get the balance right with both playing good defense and putting up some better shots. We’ll definitely have a chance.”