A dominate second half performance propelled Clarinda to a 41-29 home win against Shenandoah Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Class 2A District 14 quarterfinals.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 7-14 and advance to the district semifinals. Clarinda will face Treynor at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Treynor for that contest.
Clarinda and Shenandoah were tied at 17 at halftime Tuesday. However, the Cardinals doubled up the Mustangs 24-12 over the final two periods to cement the playoff victory.
Freshman Drew Brown was dialed in from beyond the arc Tuesday as he came off the bench to knock down three timely three-pointers to help spur Clarinda to the win. He finished with nine points.
Drew Brown entered the game for the first time with the score tied at 14 late in the second quarter. He promptly drilled a trey to give Clarinda a 17-14 advantage.
However, the Mustangs were able to answer with a three-pointer of their own to tie the game at the intermission.
Shenandoah then edged in front, 19-17, with the first basket of the second half. Clarinda responded with a critical 14-0 run that was capped off by 10 straight points for the Cardinals.
Owen Smith, who finished the night with 10 points, started the run to tie the score. Nathan Lindsay then gave the Cardinals the lead 21-19. Lindsay joined Smith with a team-high 10 points.
The Mustangs evened the score before Clarinda rattled off the next 10 points to seize control of the contest. Smith and Michael Shull each converted a pair of free throw attempts to put the Cardinals back in front. The free throws were the only points of the night for Shull.
Drew Brown then swished back-to-back trifectas to stretch the advantage to double digits for the first time at 31-21.
Shenandoah managed to convert a conventional three-point play late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 31-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Following a miss by Lindsay, Connor Brown scored on a put-back. He also drew a foul on the play, but was unable to make the free throw. Connor Brown then hit another shot to give him six points for the game and extend the lead to 35-24.
A Shenandoah three-pointer momentarily trimmed the deficit to 35-27. However, Clarinda scored six of the final eight points to seal the win.
Alex Best and Max Herrington each added baskets in the first half to round out the Clarinda scoring with two points apiece.