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Clark County Indian senior Aaron Day had a career high 19 points to lead his team to a 65-40 win over Ellsberry in the Class 3, District 6 tournament’s opening round. The game was played in Kahoka on Monday evening, February 2, in Kahoka.
Ellsberry came into the contest with a 7-16 record, while Clark County’s season record was 6-17.
Clark County dominated opening quarter, racing to a 14-3 lead in the opening four minutes. Ellsberry was plagued with turnovers, allowing Clark County to take the quarter 22-7.
In the second quarter, Clark County turned the ball over multiple times, and didn’t score for over three minutes, when Carter Briscoe hit one of two from the free-throw line. The first bucket from the floor in the quarter came from Conner Pearl, with just over three minutes remaining. At the half, Clark County led by a healthy 29-19 margin,
Layne Sommers scored the first eight points of the second half, and Aaron Day was strong inside, scoring six from the paint and three at the line. After three quarters, Clark County led 46-33.
Clark County scored only two points in the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, but held Ellsberry scoreless during the same time. Both teams struggled with turnovers and missed shots-from the field and at the line. Late in the quarter, however, Clark County was accurate from the line and 13 of the Indian’s 19 fourth quarter points were free throws. In the end, Clark County advanced to the semifinals against Highland with a 65-40 win.
Day was the top scorer for Clark County with 19 points, seven of which came at the free throw line. Sommers scored 17 points, and Sam Wheeler added 11. Carter Briscoe had nine points, and Gabe Hunziker scored four. Conner Pearl and Drayson Daniels added two points each, and Gage Winters scored one point for Clark County.