2018 Golden Throne Preview: Clarkston Girls
CLARKSTON, WA —
The Bantam girls are having a strong 2017-18 season so far.
They’re 12-3 overall and 7-2 in Great Northern League play.
The only team they lost to in league (twice) was East Valley.
A loss they would avenge.
Senior guard Anna Sharp credits the team’s will for the comebacks.
“I think we show a lot of grit as a whole team,” Sharp said. “We definitely want the win. I think we want it more than the other team.”
The Bantams have an uncanny knack for closing out games.
In the Avista Holiday Tournament, Clarkston was down 13-points, heading into the fourth quarter against Lake City.
With 1:37 left, not only did Clarkston tie, but they would win.
Need another example?
On Friday, against the West Valley Eagles, Clarkston was down 41-38, going into the fourth.
But the Bantams would outscore the Eagles 14-5 in a win (shocker, right?).
In the close-out game against West Valley, the Central Washington soccer commit Mackinzie Packwood made crucial plays down the stretch.
“To think that I’ve played all four years in the Golden Throne, every time you think you’ll get used to it and you won’t be nervous,” Packwood said, reflecting on her last Golden Throne. “But every time you get out on the court and the atmosphere and the crowd is just so nerve racking.”
Sharp and Packwood were both on the soccer team that beat Lewiston.
“It’s just such a big rivalry,” Packwood said. “I grew up playing with those girls on the Lewiston soccer team. Coming out on top is a great feeling.”
Between the fall sports of football, volleyball and soccer, Clarkston soccer was the only sport to beat Lewiston this school year.
Let’s be real, if you support the black and red, you don’t need a reminder.