One sign of a physical basketball game is how many times a team shoots free throws.
Clinton’s 36 trips to the foul line help explain just how hard the Warriors played to take home a 47-35 win over Westmoreland Saturday. Coupled with a win earlier in the week over Camden, Clinton has evened its record at 5-5.
The 12-point win over the Bulldogs came as the steady Warriors made six of their 21 free throws in the final 90 seconds when the game was still within one score, 36-34. Not only accurate foul shooting, but stifling defense helped Clinton get the win.
The first quarter opened back and forth. Mariah Seward stole the ball in the final seconds and was fouled. She made both to knot the game at 9-all going into the second quarter.
Elizabeth Wratten hit a layup to put Clinton back on top. Hanna Morse forced a turnover on an inbounds pass by stealing the ball and passing to sister Ella. She made both free throws.
Ella Morse then stole the ball and sprinted downcourt, with one defender getting between her and the basket. Morse stopped, faked and then with the defender ducking right, shot left for a 15-9 lead.
Gianna Trunfio, who scored 8 of her 10 points at the line, plays fearless and is a magnet by drawing fouls from opponents. She scored 3 points in the second quarter at the line. Megan Bremer helped Clinton take a 20-20 tie at the half by scoring off an offensive rebound.
Clinton opened the second half on a 5-0 run. Trunfio drove in for the layup and then hit a free throw from another attempt. Ella Morse passed to Wratten for a layup.
Westmoreland came back to tie it at 25-all, then Trunfio regained the lead with a free throw. Westmoreland scored to go back on top, then a block by Wratten led to a basket by Hanna Morse, who led the Warriors with 12 points.
The Bulldogs hit two free throws to hold a one-point lead, 29-28, going into the final eight minutes.
The home team expanded that lead by two when Wratten was called for a foul, although it was Trunfio who had to leave the game for a minute with an injury to her face. She quickly shook it off, came in, made a steal and hit...