By John William Gallagher
On Tuesday, the Clay-Chalkville Cougars Varsity boys and girls basketball teams defeated their rivals, Hewitt-Trussville, at Bryant Arena on the campus of Hewitt-Trussville High School. The Cougar girls won their game 45-27. The Cougar boys won their game 58-46. Sophomore Kristian Hudson lead the Cougar girls with 24 points. Senior Marcus Baldwin lead the Cougar boys with 22 points. Junior Jarvis Callow lead the Husky boys with 22 points.
“One guy scoring every night is not going to put wins on the board for us,” Hewitt-Trussville Head Coach Zane Arnold said.
The Cougars boys opened their game with a six point run. The Cougars and the Huskies tussled through the first. The Cougars were able to push their lead to 11.
Clay-Chalkville was in the bonus early from the Huskies’ very physical play. A block and a three from the Huskies got the crowd alive and the team within five. They made no further gains against the Cougars and trailed at the half 27-21.
Clay-Chalkville went on a seven-point run to begin the third quarter. The Huskies never responded. With a foul on a three-point attempt, the Cougars extended their lead 40-25.
The Huskies pressed in the fourth and brought the score to 51-40. It was to no avail. A dunk by Baldwin appeared to seal the win for Clay-Chalkville. The Cougars went on to win 58-46.
“Our kids played hard,” Clay-Chalkville Head Coach Daniel Foy said. “Coming on someone else’s home floor and winning is always good. It’s always difficult on somebody else’s court.”
The Cougar girls scored first and extended their lead to five points
. The Huskies came back hard and cut the lead to two. The Cougars ended the first quarter leading 11-6.
“We never could get into our rhythm,” said Clay-Chalkville Varsity Girls Head Coach Todd Carlile. “Trussville did a good job taking us out of what we like to do.”
In the second half, the Huskies challenged the Cougars early. Clay-Chalkville worked the high post and the full court press to bring their lead to twenty.
The Huskies played well in the fourth, but it was not enough. The Cougars went on to beat the Huskies 45-27.
The Clay-Chalkville Cougars host Pinson Valley Friday night at home. The Cougar girls bring their record to 11-2. The Cougar boys bring their record to 9-2. For the Huskies, the girls fall to 1-12. The Husky boys fall to 5-7.