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The Clearwater-Orchard girls finally got the winless monkey off their back.
Tuesday night, they took down Riverside for their first win of the 2016-17 season. The Cyclones were strong under the net and played sound defense in route to a 42-32 win. The Cyclones trailed at the haltime break, 22-20, but used a big fourth quarter to pull away.
Kinzly Macke had a great night to lead Clearwater-Orchard, posting a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also added three steals defensively. Kylie Thiele added 12 points on six of 14 shooting along with four steals. As a team, the Cyclones shot 35 percent, slightly higher than their first two games.
Allee Snider added six rebounds and Allison Kerkman added four to help the Cyclones account for 29 total rebounds.
In the second game of the night, the boys were unable to duplicate the success of the girls, falling 80-54 to the Chargers. Outside of a huge night from senior Travis Kerkman, the Cyclones were unable to manage much offensively and accounted for just three steals on the defensive end.
Kerkman's huge night consisted of 23 points on 52 percent shooting and 11 rebounds. Jacob Long was the only other Cyclone in double figures of scoring, adding 12 points on 63 percent shooting. Chris Kester had a great night distributing the ball to his scorers, posting nine assists.
One area where the Cyclones were strong as a team was on the boards. They posted 31 total rebounds, including Kerkman's 11 and six each from Liam Odell and Ryan Wilhelm.
The Cyclones are back in action Friday night as both squads take on Niobrara/Verdigre.