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Creek Girls cruise past the Dutch

Meagan Harvey sinks eight 3-pointers in 75-59 Class 4A regional semifinal win
CCA’s Meagan Harvey drives past a Pella player Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Class 4A regional semifinal game Saturday, Feb. 22, at CCA. The Clippers rolled by the Dutch 75-59 to advance to a regional final against Marion with a team and career-high 26 points from Harvey. Included in the point total were eight three-pointers, also a personal best for the four-year varsity starting senior.

TIFFIN– Karsyn Stratton got the ball from Calia Clubb in the opening tip-off, and seconds later gave Clear Creek Amana (CCA) a 2-0 lead Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Class 4A regional semifinal at home against the Pella Dutch. The Creek Girls, driven by a desire to continue their season, and fueled by a fired-up student section, rolled past the Dutch 75-59 to advance to the regional final, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, (after this edition’s deadline) at Marion High School against the second-ranked Marion Indians.
The Clippers surged to a 17-14 lead in the first quarter with a pair of three-pointers from senior Meagan Harvey, who would go on to drain a career-high eight three-bombs in the contest, and a three-pointer from Allison Rummelhart. The Creek Girls pounded the Dutch in the second quarter with Harvey’s third 3-pointer opening the period. Clubb snatched a rebound and sank it to make it a 24-17 ballgame, while field goals from Stratton and Rummelhart brought the game to a 32-21 advantage as the Dutch battled back. CCA enjoyed a 40-29 halftime lead.
The Dutch continued to attempt to cut the deficit in the third, but a little hippity-hop jump shot by Stratton, off an assist from Emily Sly, made it 50-41 for the Clippers while four three-pointers in a row essentially put the game out of reach for Pella. First, Harvey nailed her sixth shot followed in rapid succession by Whitney Traetow. Harvey drained her seventh shot, which had the Clipper student section rejoicing. However, the biggest shot of the night came in the final seconds of the period as Clubb launched a half-court shot, at the buzzer, that found its mark to make the score 60-42, and made the student section erupt in euphoria.
Harvey’s eighth 3-pointer made it 74-51 before Head Coach P.J. Sweeney brought his reserves onto the floor for the final minute of the last home game for the season.
Harvey led the Clippers with 26 points, Stratton put up 25, and Rummelhart had a 10-point night.
The win improved the No. 15 CCA squad to 18-4 heading to the final while Marion moved to 21-1. The Indians’ only loss was to Class 5A Iowa City West High on Feb. 15 in a non-conference match up, which snapped a 20-game winning streak.
The Indians handed the Creek Girls a 59-30 loss on Dec. 13, but Stratton and Harvey said it’s a different Clipper team now.
“We just beat Center Point,” Stratton said. “Anybody can be beat, especially now.”
Harvey, reeling from the best game of her four-year varsity career added, “Coming off CPU, and then all of us having a great game today, we’re ready for Marion more than we ever have been in the past.”

Clear Creek Amana 75, Pella 59
Scoring — Meagan Harvey 26, Karsyn Stratton 25, Allison Rummelhart 10, Calia Clubb 7, Whitney Traetow 5, Emily Sly 2.
3-point baskets — Harvey 8, Traetow 1, Clubb 1, Rummelhart 1.