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CLINTON – Ava Williford and Anna Perry Sinclair combined for 23 points and led Clinton to a 52-47 Southeastern Athletic Conference girls’ basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night.

The Lady Knights took a 37-33 lead into the final period, but Williford pumped in a 3-ball and another basket, and Sinclair hurled in 3 baskets and a free throw to lead a 19-10 Clinton closing run. Williford led the Lady Dark Horses with 12 points, and Sinclair followed with 11 points.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Sophomore Mallory Bryan sparked the West offense early with 2 baskets and a free throw. Sophomore Brookee Singletary worked the paint for a 3-point play. Senior Anasia Baxley dropped in a basket, and junior Makayla Wright added a free throw to keep the Lady Knights within 13-11 at the quarter break.

Wright attacked the rims for 3 baskets and 2 free throws in the 2nd period. Bryan nailed a 3-point shot, and Baxley hit a free throw to keep West within 25-23 at halftime.

A 14-8 Lady Knight run vaulted the visitors ahead 37-33. Wright fired in a 3-point shot and 2 more baskets. Junior Lainey Autry tossed in a pair of baskets, and Bryan flipped in a basket and a free throw.

Wright threw in 2 baskets and a free throw in the final period. Bryan sank 3 free throws, and Singletary flipped in a basket. Wright rang up a career high 21 points to lead the Lady Knight scoring. Bryan finished with 14 points. Singletary totaled 5 points, and Autry netted 4 points.

The Lady Knights, now 9-11, will close out regular-season play Wednesday night at Midway.

West Bladen    11    12    14    10 – 47
Clinton             13    12     8      19 – 52

West Bladen (47) –Lainey Autry 4, Megan Pait, Mallory Bryan 14, Holland Davis, Makayla Wright 21, Azillyah McDonald, Kirsten Warrick, Brookee Singletary 5, Kiera Lewis, Alina Chavez, Anasia Baxley 3, Hannah Pait.

Clinton (52) – Tara Joyner 8, Kamyah Smith 6, Khaliah Chestnutt 9, Larkin Best, Brittany Blackburn 6, Ava Williford 12, Anna Perry Sinclair 11, Avery Evans.

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