Above: Kiera Schipper takes the ball in front of the Cleveland bench.
St. Clair junior high girls came to town and beat Cleveland 31-24 on Friday.
The game was split between the seventh-grade team in the first half and the eighth-grade team in the second half.
St Clair led early, but Kiera Schipper assisted Haddie Jobe, who was all alone under the basket, to pull the Clippers within a point, 13-12. Schipper followed up with a pair of free baskets and then scored the last basket of the half for a 16-13 Cleveland lead at the break.
Mollie Bowman put in a couple of baskets and a foul shot early in the second half for a 21-17 Clipper advantage, but the Cyclones went on an 8-point run from there.
Olivia Reinhardt made a foul shot, and Delaney Thompson drove for a basket after that, but it wasn’t enough, and St. Clair held on for the win.
Jobe and Schipper each scored eight points. Bowman added five points. Thompson had two points while Reinhardt chipped in one point.
The junior high girls host Nicollet on Monday.
Kaitlyn Flowers confronts a St. Clair defender.