GERMANTOWN – The Clarksburg High School girls basketball team entered Seneca Valley on Dec. 20, looking to continue its undefeated start to the new season before the winter break.
The visiting Coyotes fought off a competitive first quarter to go on multiple scoring runs, cruising to a 93-47 victory over the Eagles for their fourth consecutive victory.
Both teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter as the Coyotes (4-0) could only generate a one-point lead.
However, Clarksburg just took total control at the start of the second quarter as shots entered the hoop with relative ease, and their fast-break offense allowed for quick points to extend their advantage.
“It was a huge win,” said Clarksburg Head Coach Sissy Natoli, “but the score was definitely not indicative of what the game was going to be.”
Clarksburg senior Kaleah Boykin (top left) came alive in the second quarter as she dropped 13 points after only scoring three points in the opening period. Her play pushed the Coyotes to a 17-point lead heading into halftime. Boykins ended the game with 16 points.
“I felt really great about this huge win,” said Boykin. “We knew we were coming in hot, and we weren’t going to let them beat us this game, and I had to go all off this game.”
It was good to see Boykin step into the game “filling the void,” Natoli said, as sophomore teammate Mia Smith started on the bench. Smith entered in the third quarter and scored nine points. Senior Miki Howson (top right) added more firepower for Clarksburg throughout the night, scoring at will to give the Coyotes a 73-43 advantage heading to the fourth quarter. The senior finished with a game-high 19 points.
For Seneca Valley (3-2), the Eagles struggled with their outside shooting and driving to the hoop. The home team could only muster to score four more points in the final quarter of the game as they entered the break with back-to-back losses. Junior Bryana Barber led all Eagles scorers with nine points. Seneca Valley will look to bounce back against Watkins Mill on Jan. 3.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes will look to continue their winning streak when they host Northwest on Jan. 3.