Clarksburg splits with Central on homecoming night

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Friday night was a divided homecoming for Clarksburg High School as the Lady Rockets topped the visiting Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Lady Tigers 48-20, while the Rockets fell to the Tigers 66-48 in the nightcap.

The Lady Rockets came out hot in the first quarter, putting nine points on the scoreboard before Central’s Leagan Binkley landed a three-pointer for the Lady Tigers.

With 11 first-quarter points from Brooklyn Williams, Clarksburg was way ahead 18-3 going into the second period.

The second period wasn’t quite as one-sided, but the Lady Rockets still outscored Central 13-5 to hold a considerable 31-8 advantage at the half.

The Lady Tigers, who were shooting pretty cold in the first half, went absolutely artic in the third quarter, failing to score a single point as the Lady Rockets added another 12 to their lead.

Central rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Clarksburg 12-5 down the final stretch, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Lady Rockets won homecoming bragging rights with a 28-point winning margin.

Williams led Clarksburg in scoring with 14 points, followed by Ashlyn Yarbrough with 11, Sarah Derryberry with 6, Makiya Abdallah with 5, Sami Roney with 3, and Krista Noble, Macy Ward, and Grace Bartholomew with 2 apiece.

Binkley was out front for the Lady Tigers with 7 points, followed by Neveah Davis with 6, Sophie Bratton with 5, Mya Harris with 2.

REBOUND BATTLE – players all go up for the rebound
REBOUND BATTLE – Clarksburg’s Tanner Longmire and Dakota Garner and Central’s Mac Hooten all go up for the rebound during the Tigers win over the Rockets Friday night.

The Rockets and Tigers traded basket for basket in the first quarter to arrive at the start of the second period locked 12-12.

With three-pointers from Mason Binkley and Brayden Frye, Central started to gain some advantage in the second, outscoring Clarksburg 14-6 for the quarter and arriving at the half with a 26-18 lead.

The Tigers cranked it up another gear in the second half, topping the Rockets 19-11 in the third period and edging out 21-19 in the fourth quarter to win the game by 18 points.

Nick Zuro was Central’s and the game’s top scorer with 17 points. Binkley also broke double digits for the Tigers with 12 points.

Jalyn Davis and Tanner Longmire ran neck and neck at the front of Clarksburg’s pack with 10 points each.

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