Kalib Clinton enjoyed one of the biggest nights of his prolific career, and Jackson County nabbed a region win because of it.
The junior standout scored 40 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Panthers (2-3, 1-1 Region 8-AAA) won 60-46 Friday (Dec. 6) at Monroe Area.
“He can be a tough matchup because of his size, strength, athleticism and ability to rebound and score from different levels,” Jackson County coach Ty Baumgardner said of Clinton.
It was a big week for Clinton already, having passed the career 1,000-point mark Tuesday (Dec.3) in a loss to Hart County.
As for Friday’s victory, the Panthers were able to rebound after losing by 35 points to highly-ranked Hart County three days earlier.
“(I) was very pleased with how we responded to Tuesday's performance,” Baumgardner said. “(We’re) still not playing as smart as we need to, but the toughness aspect is what I'm more concerned with right now, and I thought we showed some toughness (Friday) night.”
Jackson County returns to action Tuesday (Dec. 10) at 7:30 p.m. at home against non-region opponent Oconee County.
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The Jackson County girls (0-5, 0-2) were outscored by a combined 24-8 in the second and third quarters in a 43-35 region road loss Friday (Dec. 6).
The Panthers, who are still seeking their first win, led 14-8 after a quarter.
“We had tremendous effort throughout the game but struggled in the third quarter, only scoring four points but giving up 14 points,” interim coach Julie McCutcheon said. “Our focus moving forward has to be putting all four quarters together and playing a complete game. I saw a lot of really great things but need to put the finishing touches on our play, which should lead us to the wins.”
Naomi Sims stepped up in the absence of Sydney Hayes, who was out with an illness, with 12 points. Mikenna Duffy hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.