The Clear Creek Middle School 8th grade Lady Bandits basketball team was back in action last week after a long Thanksgiving break. But the break did nothing to interrupt the rhythm the Lady Bandits have found this season and they took down both Sage Valley and Tongue River to move to 8-2 on the season.
On Dec. 3 at Sage Valley, the Lady Bandits were lights out as they overpowered the Lady Eagles 41-16. After a close first quarter, the Lady Bandits held the Lady Eagles scoreless in the second quarter to take a commanding 22-6 lead into the half that Sage Valley could not recover from.
"Grace Finkle had an amazing game," said coach Pete Dahlberg, adding that Finkle grabbed 18 rebounds to go along with 15 points and four steals.
Kamry Davis led scorers with 16 points; Davis also pulled down four rebounds and had five steals. Isobell Kerckaert chipped in four points. Navaeh Bell grabbed nine boards to go along with nine steals.
"This was a good team win to start the second half of our short season," Dahlberg said. "We are looking forward to how the late part of this season will progress and how each player will grow and contribute to the team as we finish up this good season."
On Saturday, the Lady Bandits hosted the Tongue River and snuck by the Lady Eagles 48-42.
The Lady Bandits jumped out to an early 8-0 lead on quick baskets by Kamry Davis, Grace Finkle and Nevaeh Bell. That trio combined for all 14 of the Bandit points in the quarter, but the Lady Eagles didn't go quietly and finished the quarter trailing 14-11.
The Lady Bandits held a commanding 32-17 lead at he half, but the Lady Eagles hung around in the third, capitalizing on fast breaks, offensive boards and multiple trips to the charity stripe to close the gap.
"The outcome was never in doubt, but if there had been a few more minutes to play Tongue River may have come all the way back as the Lady Bandits got into foul trouble and put the Lady Eagles on the free throw line," Dahlberg said.
Davis led the team with 22 points. Bell added 16 points and five steals. Finkle had six points to go along with six boards.
"I did like the way the team played in this game. 48 points is a lot of points in a middle school basketball game," Dahlberg said. "But we still need to improve at protecting the basket on our opponents fast break chances and second chance opportunities. When you let an opponent shoot 36 free throws, they are getting a chance to score a lot of points and keep a game close."