The final day of the MurMaid Mattress Cleveland Classic wrapped up on a split note for Cleveland High School’s basketball teams.
While the Lady Raiders (2-1) were able to come away with a decisive 45-27 win over Hardin Valley, the Raiders (0-2) battled back and forth with McCallie, ultimately losing 69-66 in overtime Wednesday night.
“I think our kids really battled and McCallie is a really tough matchup. They are well coached, work hard and get after you defensively,” Cleveland head coach Jason McCowan said. “I could see some progress from game one to game two, and that’s what we’re looking for — to get progress in each and every game. Obviously in the end we’re going to be a much better team than how we started.”
The first quarter ended with the Raiders having a two point lead over the Blue Tornado, much in part to the quartet of treys that came from TyQwon Ware, Colby Tatum, Kendrick Thompson and Anfernee Scott. By the time the second quarter came to a close, both teams were tied at 32-all.
After the half, McCallie was able to edge out in front of Cleveland by six points, taking a 48-42 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Raiders answered by scoring 21 points to McCallie’s 15 points in the fourth quarter, constantly chipping away at the Blue Tornado lead until Thompson’s 3-pointer with just over 18 seconds left on the clock tied the game up at 63 points apiece.
In the four minutes of overtime McCallie was able to outscore Cleveland by three points, handing the Raiders their second loss of the season.
“We had some shots go in and out, missed some free throws and some opportunities that we should’ve taken advantage of,” McCowan explained. “We’ve played two games, lost one by two points and this one by three, and you can always find some of those points here and there that just weren’t taken advantage of.”
Thompson led the Raiders with a total of 24 points, which included six 3-pointers. Scott finished the evening with 11 points and two treys, while Cantrel Ware finished with nine points.
Tatum was the other Raider who hit two 3-point shots at pivotal moments.
“Kendrick did a great job for us toward the end and I thought Colby Tatum played really well and hit some big shots for us. Mason Brown battled in the post and worked hard defensively,” McCowan said.
Coach McCowan hopes to see a full 32 minutes of effort from his team when District 5-AAA play begins Dec. 3 with Soddy-Daisy traveling to the Raider Dome.
LADY RAIDERS 45,
LADY HAWKS 27
Even though the Lady Raiders are still working on solidifying their positions, they were still able to land their second win of the season over the Lady Hawks Wednesday evening.
“It was a good week and I’m very proud of the way that we represented ourselves at our own classic,” Lady Raiders head coach Mindy Kiser stated. “We’re just feeling ourselves out and seeing what we can do. I think this team has the biggest room for improvement of any team that I’ve had since I’ve been here. I think our best is yet to come and I’m excited to see how that happens.”
On Tuesday night, the Cleveland girls came away with a 38-36 victory over Baylor.
The confidence from the hard-fought win carried over into their game with Hardin Valley, as the Lady Raiders quickly jumped out in front of the Lady Hawks 11-3 by the end of the first quarter.
By halftime, Cleveland had an 18 point, 28-10, lead over Hardin Valley.
The Lady Hawks were never able to close in on the Lady Raiders lead, narrowly avoiding a 20-point defeat by scoring a basket in the last moments of the game.
While Cleveland went 10-for-17 at the free-throw line, Hardin Valley only hit 8-of-28 foul shots, much to the satisfaction of the heavily fouled Lady Raiders.
“When you play aggressively, that stuff is going to happen. It just depends how they are going to call it and we have to adjust every night,” Kiser stated of the number of fouls called.
Hallea McClendon led Cleveland in scoring with 10 points Wednesday evening. Nora Berry finished with nine points and was the only Lady Raider to hit a trey in the game.
Jamiyah Person went 6-for-8 at the free-throw line, and finished the night with a total of eight points.
Six-foot-2 freshman Amber Morman continued to work at her post position, and put up six points of her own.
Hardin Valley 3 7 9 8 — 27
Cleveland 11 17 8 9 — 45
LADY HAWKS (27) — Bishop 8, Cantrell 5, Williamson 4, Carter 3, McLeod 2, Hampton 2, Stone 2, Battle 1, Smartt, Massey, Patrick.
LADY RAIDERS (45) — Hallea McClendon 10, Berry 9, Person 8, Morman 6, Ware 5, Scoggins 4, Crump 2, Phillips 1, Thompson, Walkup, Mastin, Borton, Stamatiadis, Lee, Allen.
3-POINTERS: HV 1 (Bishop); Cleveland 1 (Berry).
FREE THROWS: HV 8-of-28; Cleveland 10-of-17.
RECORDS: Cleveland 2-1.
McCallie 18 14 16 15 6 — 69
Cleveland 20 12 10 21 3 — 66
BLUE TORNADO (69) — Thomas 20, Atkins 14, Craig 9, Alford 7, Fritz 6, Whitner 6, Lewis 5, McDonald 2, Jacoway, Clark, Bourd, Moxey.
RAIDERS (66) —Kendrick Thompson 24, Anfernee Scott 11, Cantrel Ware 9, Colby Tatum 8, Jonathan Vecchio 7, TyQwon Ware 5, Mason Brown 2, James McRee, Hunter Oliver, Alberto Muniz, Luke Bracero, Kregg Ware.
3-POINTERS: McCallie 4 (Fritz, Craig, Thomas, Alford); Cleveland 11 (Thompson 6. Tatum 2, Scott 2, T. Ware).
FREE THROWS: McCallie 17-of-23; Cleveland 9-of-13.
RECORDS: Cleveland 0-2.