Clarkston pulls away late from Adams

Although Clarkston reached the Class A regional finals last season, the Wolves didn’t start the campaign with a long win streak.

In fact, Clarkston was only 2-4 by mid-December a year ago.

The Wolves, who returned eight of their top 10 players from last season, have raced out to a 4-0 start this season, topping host Rochester Adams, 41-27, in an OAA crossover girls basketball game Thursday.

“Last year we started kind of slow but then we went on a nice run (of wins),” recalled Clarkston coach Tim Wasilk, whose team finished 18-6 last season, winning 16 of their final 18 ball games. “But a lot of our wins were close wins. We had a lot of wins that were under five or 10 points.”

Two years ago Clarkston finished 7-14. Now, the Wolves have several third-year and fourth-year varsity veterans. It was that experience that helped Clarkston pull away from Adams.

“I think being in close games in the past, that experience really helped us,” said Wasilk. “We are used to being in that position. We have a lot of experience and depth and that really helps in a game like this.”

Clarkston held Adams to a dismal 22 percent shooting night (9-for-42), including no three-pointers. The Wolves also managed to post an astounding 41-18 advantage on the boards and forced the Highlanders into 16 turnovers.

Still, Adams was within striking range in the fourth quarter. Read more at

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