Clarkson/Leigh Patriots

Clarkson/Leigh girls basketball rolled to eight in a row with a pair of back-to-wins Friday and Saturday and improved their record to 10-3 thanks to junior Cassidy Hoffman and senior Ashlynn Novotny.

Hoffman made it seven in a row on Friday during a 63-41 win over East Butler with 18 points, leading the scoring on just 5 of 10 shooting but also 11 trips to the free throw line and eight makes. Hoffman also had 12 total rebounds, seven on the offensive end, as Clarkson/Leigh controlled the boards 41-25.

The Patriots put the game away early with a 24-9 first quarter, suffered through some sloppiness in the second but then put any Tiger hopes for a comeback away in the third quarter by allowing just six points.

"We started out quickly, really finding a lot of great looks. We didn't play our standard of basketball in the second quarter and allowed them to get back in the game," coach Matt Murren said. "In the second half, we were able to find some openings in their defense and knock down some shots. It was a good road win against a very scrappy East Butler team that plays very hard."

The next night, back at home, Novotny took the reins from Hoffman and led the charge with 13 points as Clarkson/Leigh allowed just 16 points in the first three quarters before allowing 14 in the fourth and taking a 57-30 win.

"Ashlynn had a great game Saturday offensively and defensively. She did a great  job of finding the open spots, and her teammates were able to feed her the ball, and she knocked down her shots.

"Her vision in our transition really opened up shots for our team, and we had a bunch of great looks. Defensively, her energy to get tips and rebounds was key to set the tone."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of the Schyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.

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