Lady Colonels head coach Burt Jackson had a message for his post presence Chanel Clemmons: the team needed her to step up Tuesday night.
Clemmons answered the bell with 16 points en route to a 63-39 Cass (2-1) win over Paulding County (0-6).
“She and I talked before the game — ‘Tonight’s the night I really need you to be big,’” Jackson told Clemmons. “‘We’re going to need something from you today.’ And Chanel stepped up and met the challenge.”
Cass (2-1) was in control from the opening tip, looking put together, especially given how early on in this young season. They finished with three players in double digits — Payton Stoddard and Sharia Wade had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Wade’s points were offthe bench.
Jackson singled out Kyler Trouten and Lyric Curtis as players he thought had good games. Trouten didn’t have the biggest day in the stat sheet, but did a nice job facilitating ball movement throughout the game.
Cass placed an emphasis on trying to make Paulding County beat itself, and was successful, forcing turnovers and creating easy scoring chances.
“We focused on trapping up high, and we were able to force them into some bad passes,” Jackson said.
Though the margin of victory was decidedly on the Colonels’ side, Jackson acknowledges there are still things to work on. Cass had close to 20 turnovers, and while it didn’t affect the result, that is certainly something it will want to clean up.
“[Paulding County] is one of the first teams that has been able to match up with us athletically,” Jackson said. “And I felt like our guards struggled to bring the ball up. We missed a lot of free throws and a lot of layups.”
Cass will have a chance to clean those things up before facing off against East Paulding on the road on Friday.