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Clarksburg Girls Open the Season with Win

In front of a lively hometown crowd, the Lady Coyotes opened their 2018-19 season with a 59-48 victory at home against UpCounty rival Damascus last Friday.

Clarksburg didn’t surrender its lead at any point during the game, holding a 21-point halftime lead over Damascus after a low-scoring first quarter.

“I was pleased with the kids,” head coach Sissy Natoli said. “Sometimes when you have a lead it’s easy to get complacent, but they were able to lock back in the last few minutes and get it done.”

It took both teams a while to find their offensive footing in the first quarter, as both the Lady Coyotes and Swarmin’ Hornets missed easy shots throughout the first three minutes of the game.

Clarksburg then took a 2-0 lead, increasing it to 3-0 with a free throw before Damascus finally got on the board. The opening period would end with Clarksburg in front 7-6.

The Lady Coyotes soon found their offensive footing in the second quarter, led by point guard Mia Smith who would finish as the game’s top scorer.

“I’m so excited for her, she really played a great game toni