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Clarendon (TX) Girls Win Tomahawk Classic

12/09/2019, 11:45am CST
By Max Ivany

Clarendon Girls Cruise To Tomahawk Classic Win

As pictured below in the brackets, the Clarendon Lady Broncos advanced to the title game of the Tomahawk Classic by dispatching Booker and Follett.  I was not on hand for the early part of the bracket but I did catch the Chip game Saturday afternoon. It appears that Coach Conkin's scheduling of larger schools in their first few games has prepped the squad nicely. 

Facing the home team (1A) Miami, it wasn't a contest as the Lady Broncos got to the rim when they wanted, controlled the boards and knocked down shots. The final score was 63-31. 

Senior Mattee Johnson had 10 points/8 rebounds/4 assists/2 steals. Junior Jade Benson had 19 points, going a perfect 9-9 from the charity stripe. When you attack the basket, good things happen. She also had 5 rebounds.  Senior Kira Weatherton provided a steady hand at the Combo spot adding 9 points/5 rebounds/3 assists/3 steals. Junior Ashlynn Newsome, the smallest player on the court shows her grit once again as she had 4 points/9 rebounds. 

There was a nice balance as Clarendon went deep into their bench early and often.  Other quality minutes came from Soph Madison Smith and Junior Kaylin Hicks Off the bench along with Senior Makayla Brown who also loves to battle underneath secured 5 boards of her own.

It's always fun when you begin to see the potential in younger kids, and one to watch out for is Freshman Finley Cunningham.  I watched her hit 5 three pointers in a JV game a couple of weeks ago, but yesterday getting an opportunity in a varsity atmosphere she also knocked down both three pointers she attempted.  She's young so she needs to get faster, stronger and work on a quicker release on her shot but I think she'll be a very good player for the Broncs going forward.  

After stubbing their toe 58-55 to Wheeler the Broncos boys also had a date with host Miami in the 3rd Place Game. There was a huge disparity in talent at literally every position and this one was a 12-0 Clarendon lead before you could get your popcorn and find your seats. 

The final score was Clarendon  77-35 over the Miami Warriors. Much like the girls, everyone saw playing time, including JV players 

2020 Jamal Butler once again looked like a man among boys.  He had 18 points/7 rebounds.  Impressively he had 5 transition dunks.  No doubt he can HOP!  Freshman Sylvester Ballard had 12 points/5 boards/3 assists/6 steals. Sophomore Lamarcus Penigar had 11 points/6 assists. He's the best creator of the group. Junior Donovan Thompson had 17 points/5 rebounds.  He's a consistent scoring threat. Freshman Jmaury Davis notched 8 points/4 rebounds as the Broncos cruised to the win. Sophomore Jordan Henson provides another quality back court presence providing solid ball handling and a willingness to defend and rebound. 

In bracket play, the Broncos beat Perryton JV, White Deer and then dropped the close game to Wheeler in the semi final game.  I did not have the opportunity to discuss the game with Coach Conkin, I've only viewed the score sheet. 

I don't put a lot of stock in only knowing each players scoring totals.  It gives me a much better picture of what impact your having when I can make a note of rebounds, steals, assists and of course TURN OVERS. Having said that, the leading scorers in the games leading up to the 3rd Place contest were:

vs Perryton JV: Jmaury Davis (11) Jamal Butler (11)

vs White Deer:  Donovan Thompson (14) Sylvester Balllard (10) Jamal Butler (18)