---- — DELHI — Despite only having players available to play Saturday, the Clinton Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season in impressive fashion with a 60-44 victory over Delhi.
Alisha Ducatte was on fire, especially in the second half, as she tallied a game-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers.
“Alisha Ducatte hit a three before the first half ended,” Cougars coach Donna Dixon said. “Then she hit six more in the second half.
“That was the key. She had the hot hand the girls kept finding her.”
Katrina Garrand added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Clinton (15-9, 13-9). Emily Decker chipped in with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Ruth Paul pulled down 11 rebounds.
“The key for us was to shut down (Yaya) Soto,” Dixon said. “She had 15 point, but we held her to two in the second half. She was hot in the first, but we went to man-to-man in the second.”
Soto led the way for the Broncos with her 15 points. Jackie Bailey chipped in with 13 points for Delhi, while Cassie Beaver finished with 10.
“We shot the ball really well in the second half,” Dixon said. “It was a great game, especially to finish the regular season and head into the tournament.”
The Cougars find out today who they will matchup with in the Region III tournament.
Clinton 60, Delhi 44
Garrand 6-3-16, Gates 0-0-0, Paul 0-1-1, Ducatte 9-0-24, E. Decker 6-3-15, Barber 2-0-4. Totals: 23-7-60.
Soto 5-1-15, Caceres 0-0-0, Bailey 6-1-13, Coville 0-2-2, Geier 0-0-0, Barnes 0-4-4, Lambert 0-0-0, Stevens 0-0-0, Beaver 4-2-10. Totals: 15-10-44.
Halftime: Clinton, 28-24
3-point goals: Clinton (7) Garrand, Ducatte 6. Delhi (4) Soto 4.
Delhi 70, Clinton 57
DELHI — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team, playing its final game of the season, didn’t mail it in against the Broncos.
The Cougars battled hard throughout against SUNY Dehli (26-4), which is ranked second in the region and ninth in the country.
“The kids played hard,” said Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty. “We have seven players coming back next year and we’re very optimistic.”
Ibrahima Toure led the Broncos with 22 points, while Quayshaun Mitchell added 12, D.J. Nickelson 11 and Arif Mehmetaj, 10.
Kyree Hull tossed in 16 points and Jordan Coolidge 13 for the Cougars. Mykelle Krecko added 12 rebounds and Jamie Davison, four assists.
“It was a war — a very physical game,” said Daugherty. “We held our own on the glass against them until the final three minutes of the game. I was worried about that going into the game.
“It was a back-and-forth game. We were down by nine points at one time until the last five minutes of the game when both Krecko and Davison fouled out.”
Delhi held a 28-26 lead at the half.
Clinton ended the season with a 14-14 overall record, but did not qualify for the regional playoffs.
“We lost three regional games by one point and another in double overtime,” said Daugherty. “That hurt us in the region.”
Delhi 70, Clinton 57
Davison 0-1-1, Knight 1-0-3, Coolidge 4-2-13, Hull 7-2-16, Miller 3-2-8, Radan 1-4-6, Spencer 1-0-2, Krecko 2-4-8, Carter 0-0-0. Totals: 19-15-57.
Simmons 1-0-2, Campbell 1-0-2, Mitchell 5-2-12, Nickelson 1-8-11, Grant 3-1-7, Mehmetaj 4-1-10, Carter 0-2-2, Scott 1-0-2, Toure 8-6-22. Totals: 24-20-70.
3-point goals: Clinton (4): Coolidge 3; Knight. SUNY Delhi (2): Nickelson; Mehmetaj.