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The Creek rises over the Raiders in doubleheader

Stratton and Withrow lead CCA in girl-boy wins over Williamsburg

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School celebrated the New Year with a varsity basketball sweep of rival Williamsburg Friday, Jan. 3, at home. The Creek Girls had no trouble rolling past the Raiders to a 62-36 win while the Creek Boys had a tough battle throughout, pulling out a 58-56 victory.
Calia Clubb, a sophomore, put the Clippers on the scoreboard first in a contest where CCA never trailed. The Raiders narrowed the gap to 8-4 early in the first quarter, but the Clippers powered ahead to a 14-4 lead at the end of the period, and were up 30-18 at halftime. CCA was up 49-21 going into the fourth quarter, a period which saw reserves getting playing time including Ainsley Schrock, Kalin Rotzoll and Gabrielle Bedford.
Karsyn Stratton, a senior, led all scorers with 27 points including a pair of three-point baskets. Clubb contributed 17 points to the effort and led on the boards with 13 rebounds on the night. The Clippers improved to 6-3 after a 60-46 loss on Dec. 20 to Center Point-Urbana. The ladies travel to South Tama County High School on Friday, Jan. 10, to take on the Trojans with a 7:30 p.m. varsity start, and are home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, as Vinton-Shellsburg visits, also with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Creek Girls are back on the road on Friday, Jan. 17, to visit Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville.

Clear Creek Amana 62, Williamsburg 36
Scoring — Karsyn Stratton 27, Calia Clubb 17, Whitney Traetow 8, Emily Sly 4, Allison Rummelhart 2, Gracie Downes 2, Ainsley Schrock 2.
3-Point goals — Stratton 2, Traetow 1.
Rebounds — Clubb 13, Downes 4, Traetow 2, Stratton 2, Morgan Etscheidt 2, Kalin Rotzoll 1, Meagan Harvey 1, Sly 1.
Assists — Clubb 3, Traetow 2, Harvey 2, Rummelhart 1, Stratton 1, Sly 1.
Steals — Stratton 5, Traetow 3, Rummelhart 2, Clubb 1, Downes 1, Sly 1.
Blocks — Traetow 1.

The Creek Boys had a tougher go of it after junior Ryan Navara put them on the board first with a 2-0 lead. The Raiders answered with a three-point bucket from Levi Weldon, and the back-and-forth battle was on. Tyler Schrepfer, a senior, drained a three-pointer for a 14-11 lead in the first quarter, but another timely three-bomb from the Raiders tied the game at 14-all before the “Boats” fought their way to a 21-18 lead at the end of the period. CCA held a 31-25-halftime lead, and managed to hang onto the lead in the third quarter after watching a 10-point margin, 35-25, evaporate to a 36-35 deficit. Christian Withrow, a junior, gave the Clippers the lead back at 37-36 while a Nick O’Connor (senior) three-pointer stretched the lead to 40-36. CCA was ahead 42-39 going into the final period.
Once again, the Raiders rallied past the Clippers for a slim one-point lead at 49-48. And, once again, the Creek Boys fought back to retake the lead for a 55-53 advantage with 34.6 seconds remaining in the ballgame. Navara went to the charity stripe with 16.5 seconds left and sank one of two for a 56-53 lead while Mike Potter went to the line with 4.1 seconds remaining. Potter, a junior, went 2-2 for a 58-53 lead. The Raiders refused to go quietly into the night however, sinking a three-pointer, at the buzzer, for the 58-56 final.
Withrow led the Clippers with 23 points while Potter scored 13 and led on the boards with eight rebounds. Schrepfer had 11 points on the night. Kaden Wetjen led the Raiders with 23 points. The win improved the Clippers to 5-3 on the season after a 57-37 loss at Center Point to the CPU Stormin’ Pointers on Dec. 20.
South Tama’s Trojans will visit CCA on Friday, Jan. 10, with the varsity taking the floor at 7:30 p.m. The Clippers travel to Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton on Tuesday, Jan. 14, with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off, and return home on Friday, Jan. 17, to host Beckman Catholic from Dyersville.