February 2nd, 2011

Clemons Scores 1,000th Career Point

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Clemons Scores 1,000th Career Point
photo by Mark Cornelison/Kentucky.com

Senior reaches milestone as Valkyries roll 67-33

Sacred Heart Academy used a 22-1 run to close out the first half and place the Valkyries back on the winning path following a 67-33 victory over Seneca High School on Tuesday.

Seneca’s Niya Anderson scored a bucket with 43 seconds to go in the first quarter to cut the SHA lead to 14-12, but that is the last basket the Redhawks would have until after halftime.

The Valkyries, on the other hand, would score 18 straight before Seneca scored its only point of the second quarter – a Sabrina Jackson free throw with less than a minute to go before the half.

The charge was led by SHA’s two centers, as senior Morgan Clemons and junior Jazmin Smith pushed their team ahead. The duo would eventually combine for 26 points and 16 rebounds in the contest.

But while Smith was her team’s leading scorer (14 points), Clemons eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career with the effort.

As for the rest of the game, Sacred Heart got four straight points from senior Annamarie Campbell and built upon its 36-13 halftime lead by stretching its advantage to 28 points on Clemons putback with 4:45 to go in the third quarter.

By that point, the Valkyries owned a 46-18 lead.

SHA junior forward Sandy Gahafer was instrumental in helping Sacred Heart not only sustain, but continue adding on to its lead in the fourth quarter. Gahafer scored the majority of her eight points during the final period and her layup with seven seconds to go in the game gave the Valkyries its largest lead of the night: 34 points.

Campbell finished with eight points and two assists, while freshman Raven Merriweather had six points and a game-high seven steals in 12-plus minutes of action. Starters Maddie Peabody, Jade Tubb and Hannah Washle combined for 12 points. Kristin Matula was also productive with five points, three rebounds and three steals.

Sacred Heart outrebounded Seneca 39-25 and converted 19 Redhawk turnovers into 33 points.

Seneca was led by Jada Grady’s 15 points.

Sacred Heart (17-4) will now set its sights on rival Mercy Academy and a matchup with the defending state champions on Friday night at Bellarmine University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.


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