PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College came flying out of the gates against Herkimer Tuesday, but couldn’t keep its fast start going in a 55-40 women’s basketball loss.
The Cougars (5-5) jumped out to a 28-23 halftime lead on the Generals, thanks in large part to 18 first-half points by Alisha Ducatte.
“We came out strong, played really well and had a good tempo to the game,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We hit some shots and played good defense.
“Alisha really got us going; she had a great game.”
The second half, however, wasn’t as kind to the Cougars.
The Generals outscored Clinton 32-12 in the final stanza.
“In the second half we went completely cold and we didn’t do much defensively,” Dixon said. “Emily (Decker) is averaging 16 points a game for us and she got into foul trouble. She saw very limited minutes and that hurt us.”
Whitney Brown led the way for Herkimer with 15 points. Alyssa Craig chipped in with 13 points, while Shileeka Williams tallied 10 points.
Ducatte led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Cougars. Katrina Garrand added eight points, five assists and four steals. Jessica Decker pulled down eight rebounds.
“We did some good things for our first game back from break,” Dixon said. “We will continue to work hard and put two halves together.”
Clinton will get another crack at the Generals as part of a home-and-home series. The Cougars travel to Herkimer Sunday for a 4:30 p.m. game.
Herkimer 55, Clinton 40
Al. Webb 0-0-0, Waters 0-0-0, Randio 4-0-8, Williams 4-0-10, Brown 6-3-15, Seabrooks 2-0-4, Loucks 2-0-5, Craig 4-2-13. Totals: 22-5-55.
Garrand 3-1-8, Gates 0-0-0, Ducatte 8-0-20, E. Decker 2-2-6, J. Decker 3-0-6, Barber 0-0-0, Horton 0-0-0, Agoney 0-0-0. Totals: 16-3-40.
Halftime: Clinton, 28-23.
3-point goals: Herkimer (6) Williams 2, Loucks, Craig 3. Clinton (5) Garrand, Ducatte 4.
PLATTSBURGH — The Cougars held a 22-20 lead in the first half before Demetrius Mitchell caught fire from down town.
Mitchell connected on seven 3-pointers in the half as the Generals handed Clinton a men’s basketball loss.
“Herkimer is the No. 1 team in our region and currently No. 4 in the country,” Cougars coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They certainly played like it (Tuesday).
“They are very quick to the ball and strong; they shot an amazing percentage from three. The Mitchell kid hit all seven of his threes in the first half.”
Jonathan Feiler chipped in with 17 points for Herkimer, while Steve Whittingham connected on 11 points. Dequan Jefferson finished with nine points.
Chris Miller led the charge for Clinton (7-6, 5-5) with 19 points. Jamie Davison added 13 points and Kyree Hull tallied nine points. Newcomer Mike Campbell finished with six points.
“We didn’t take care of the ball and we shot very poorly,” Daugherty said. “There were a few stretches where we didn’t offer much resistance defensively.
“I wasn’t happy with the game, but this is a good group and I know they will bounce back.”
The Cougars will get a chance to bounce back against Columbia-Greene at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Clinton.
Herkimer 82, Clinton 58
Davis 2-2-7, Cunningham 1-0-2, Floyd 3-0-6, Whittingham 4-0-11, Mitchell 7-0-21, Clark 0-0-0, Hunt 0-0-0, Campbell 0-0-0, Jefferson 3-2-9, Thomas 1-2-4, Feiler 8-1-17, Foden 0-0-0, Young 1-0-2, Brown 0-0-0, Lanieri 0-0-0. Totals: 30-7-82.
Crecko 2-0-4, Spencer 0-1-1, Miller 7-3-19, Hull 4-0-9, Davison 4-2-13, Radan 2-1-5, Knight 1-0-3, Chabau 0-0-0, LaPoint 0-0-0, Campbell 3-0-6. Totals: 23-7-58.
Halftime: Herkimer, 46-30.
3-point goals: Herkimer (12) Davis, Whittingham 3, Mitchell 7, Jefferson. Clinton (7) Miller 2, Hull, Davison 3, Knight.