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Creek Girls tame Mustangs

Stratton’s 19 points leads CCA past Independence, 58-17

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team recovered from a loss to the Class 4A second-ranked Marion Indians with a 58-17 rout of the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at home.
The Clippers wasted no time corralling the Mustangs, taking a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, and held Indee to only three points in the second, building a 36-7 lead at halftime. The overhaul continued as the Creek Girls outscored Independence, 15-2, in the third for a 51-9 lead going into the final period.
Senior Karsyn Stratton led the Creek Girls with 19 points. Sophomore Calia Clubb produced nine points with seven from senior Meagan Harvey (including one three-pointer), six from sophomore Morgan Etscheidt, four points each from juniors Whitney Traetow and Emily Sly, three points (one three-point basket) from senior Allison Rummelhart, and two points each from junior Gabrielle Bedford and seniors Ellie Waterbury and Gracie Downes.
Harvey pulled down seven rebounds, with six each from Stratton and Sly, while Downes had five. Rummelhart made four assists with two blocks from Etscheidt.
The Creek Girls improved to 5-2, while the Mustangs dropped to 1-6. CCA remained in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s top-15 teams in Class 4A according to the weekly rankings issued Thursday, Dec. 19. North Scott remained the top team, at 7-0, with Marion in as the No. 2 squad, Center Point-Urbana in at No. 3, and Cedar Rapids Xavier in at No. 7.
WaMaC West rival Williamsburg visits the Creek on Friday, Jan. 3, for a girl-boy doubleheader night of basketball. The girls’ freshman/sophomore game tips off at 3 p.m. with the junior varsity girls and freshman boys firing up at 4:30 p.m. The girls’ varsity game and the sophomore boys’ game are set for 6 p.m. with the varsity boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.
Benton Community visits Tuesday, Jan. 7, with a 7:30 p.m. varsity start and the Clippers travel to South Tama on Friday, Jan. 10.