Even when the shots aren’t falling the Clear Springs girls present a formidable opponent as Summer Creek can attest.
The state’s No. 2-ranked Class 6A squad overcame 2-of-15 shooting to open the game and a six-point second quarter to overwhelm Summer Creek 53-29 in a Region III-6A area round playoff game at Phillips Fieldhouse.
Clear Springs improved to 30-3 on the season with its 16th consecutive victory predicated on a relentless, suffocating defense that simply choked the life out of a worthy opponent.
Clear Springs will face Pearland next in the region quarterfinals. The two teams met in December with Clear Spring prevailing 69-37.
Senior Tasharian Robinson jumpstarted the Lady Chargers with 11 first-quarter points, including a trio of 3-pointers, as Clear Springs led 17-4 after the first stanza.
Both teams repeatedly misfired in the second quarter and Clear Springs held a 23-9 advantage at intermission.
“We were getting the shots we wanted, but for some reason they weren’t going in,” said Robinson, a UTSA commit. “I was just trying to get everybody involved.
“Our big key is digging in defensively. When we can get steals and deflections that leads to points on the other end,” Robinson said.
Clear Springs head coach Pam Crawford wouldn’t reveal what she said to her team at halftime.
“That’s a secret, I can’t tell you that,” she said. “When we’re having a bad shooting night, I don’t want to put pressure on them. We pointed out the errors we were making so they can see where we could do some things differently,” Crawford said.
Robinson and point guard Dymond Gladney finished with a game-high 18 points apiece. Leading scorer Sierra Cheatham didn’t score her first points until the fourth quarter. Clear Springs carried a 40-19 lead into the fourth period.
“We missed all nine shots from the three-point line and four shots around the rim,” said Summer Creek coach Angie McDonald. “You can’t do that at this stage and expect to win. They (Clear Springs) do a good job of getting you out of your comfort zone.”
Damaya Telemaque led Summer Creek (24-11) with 13 points.