It's been 14 years since my son's senior night and I'll never forget it. It's the last time that sons and daughters will lace them up in front of the capacity home crowd. Clarendon's Senior Night came a little earlier than most as this ends their home schedule but they have several district road games left before the playoffs begin.
As mentioned last week, it's likely that the boys will be District Champs while the girls are a likely 3rd place finisher. Once the playoffs begin, every game could be your last game and just like that your high school career will have ended if you're a senior. All the more reason to give maximum effort and to leave it all on the floor.
Congratulations to the Boys Seniors; Collin Butler and Jamal Butler. Jamal has signed with Wayland Baptist University to play football.
And for the girls we recognize Seniors Mattee Johnson, Rayne Crawford, MaKayla Brown, Madison Gay and Kira Weatherton.
Panhandle 51 Clarendon 22
This was a tough senior night for Clarendon as Panhandle put the clamps on them defensively, winning 51-22. After the 1st quarter where Panhandle led 12-8, they then limited Clarendon to only 14 more points for the remainder of the game.
The effort was there but Panhandle was simply too good. This would be the outcome 9 times out of 10. The Ettes moved the ball effortlessy in transition and the ball rarely touched the floor as they whipped passes to one another for high high percentage shots.
By comparison almost every shot of Clarendon's was challenged, there was too much dribbling and so many low percentage shots were taken. Traditionally stats are kept on turnovers by recording errant passes but I was always mentored that a poor shot was also a turnover. In fact, they are even more egregious because they tend to allow the opponent to get out in transition and score at will. Without a shot clock there's no reason to be impatient and just "chuck up prayers".
Junior Ashlynn Crawford (6 points) led all Clarendon scorers. 'Nuff said. i didn't get the exact number of points she scored Cbut Panhandle freshman Bailey Satterfield was the best player on the floor.
Clarendon 55 Wheeler 48
Earlier in the week, the Lady Broncos went on the road for a make up game (Snow cancellation) and secured a critical win vs Wheeler. Junior Ashlynn Crawford gave Wheeler the business as she dropped 21 points. Seniors MaKayla Brown (14 points) and Mattee Johnson (10 points) also scored in double figures. It's always good to pick up a win on the road.
Clarendon 81 Panhandle 48
The Broncos didn't mess around as they came out firing early and often to lead Panhandle 16-2 after one quarter. Freshman Jmaury Davis led the way with 20 points/9 rebounds including a one handed tomahawk dunk late in the game. When Davis stay out of foul trouble he makes a real impact on the game and makes Clarendon a much more dangerous team.
Junior Donovan Thompson added 13 points and dished out 5 dimes. Freshman Sylvester Ballard chipped in with 11 points while Sophomore Lemarcus Peniger added 10 points and 5 assists. Junior Ethan Babcock had a season high 11 points in the rout. Overall, the team was 13 of 20 from the free throw line. Gotta tighten that up guys if ya'll want to win playoff games.
On Senior night, the two young men playing their last home game were Jamal Butler with 5 points/14 rebounds. Jamal has signed to play football with Wayland Batist University. Collin Butler added 6 points. I don't mention Collin's name much because he's not a big stat man, but he is a valuable glue guy who plays hard and makes few mistakes. He's had a nice senior season.
Wheeler 59 Clarendon 55 (OT)
On the road in Wheeler, the Broncos dug a hole for themselves in the first three quarters and trailed 36-23. They hunkered down and in the 4th quarter came storming back with 24 points behind Senior Jamal Ballard and Freshman Sylvester Ballard. Regulation ended at 47-47.
Foul trouble continues to be an issue for Clarendon as two starters fouled out. They lost most of their firepower in OT with the exception of Junior Jordan Herndon's 6 points. It wasn't enough as Wheeler prevailed 59-55.
Senior Jamal Butler led the way with 14 points and Junior Donovan Thompson added 10. They were the only double digit scorers for the Broncos.