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1A GIRLS STATE PLAY-IN: Clark Fork falls shy of Rockland for state bid

Sports Reporter | February 10, 2024 9:45 PM

Rockland 53, Clark Fork 32

McCALL – The Wampus Cats kept it close in the first half, but ended up falling to Rockland in a 1A state championship play-in game held at McCall-Donnelly High Saturday afternoon.

Clark Fork started the game trailing 15-1, but responded with a 14-2 run. Heading into halftime, the Wampus Cats were behind by just two points. However, the Rockland outscored Clark Fork 33-14 in the second half to punch their ticket to the 1A state tournament.

“Our second quarter was the best we've ever played,” senior Lily Reuter said. “We worked the ball and found open shots.”

Fellow senior Eloise Shelton had similar thoughts in her final game as a Wampus Cat.

“I'm so proud of each and everyone of these girls,” Shelton said. “It was such a fun game. Everyone was doing their job and working hard. We stayed right there with them all the way until the end.”

Clark Fork was led by sophomore Amie Matteson who scored nine points. Seniors Shelton (7), Amari Printz-Hay (6), and Reuter (7) combined for 17 points

Clark Fork finished their season with a 7-11 record.

Clark Fork 6 12 8 6 – 32

Rockland 13 7 16 17 – 53

PTS: CF – Matteson 9, Shelton 7, Reuter 7, Printz-Hay 6, Mayorga 3, Scarlett 0, Thompson 0. RCK – C. Permann 19, A. Perrman 17, Freeman 9, Wiese 4, Boyer 2, Rupe 2.