The Clawson High girls basketball team won back-to-back MAC Silver titles and its first district title since 2004. The Trojans finished the season with a 14-3 overall record.

The Clawson High girls basketball team won back-to-back MAC Silver titles and its first district title since 2004. The Trojans finished the season with a 14-3 overall record.

Photo provided by Billy Shellenbarger


Clawson girls basketballs ends magical season

By: Zachary Manning | Royal Oak Review | Published April 5, 2021

Advertisement

CLAWSON — The Clawson High girls basketball team has had some strong regular season performances over the years, but when it came to playoff basketball, the Trojans could never push through.

With a 12-2 regular season record, the Trojans headed to postseason play with a familiar opponent waiting to greet them. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep had knocked Clawson out of the postseason two years straight and headed into the contest looking to make it a third.

However, the Trojans came out prepared and ready for revenge, upending the Irish and advancing to the district final. In the final, another tough opponent waited, as Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood was the reigning district champion.

As it had all season, though, Clawson came out and dominated, pushing past the Cranes 44-29 to claim the district title. It was the program’s first district championship since 2004.

“It was a goal that we set at the beginning of the year,” coach Kelly Horne said. “We had not won a district championship at Clawson since 2004, and before that it was the ’80s, so we knew at the beginning of this year that we had a chance to make some history.”

The run would end in regional play, as Macomb Lutheran North took down the shorthanded Trojans, 39-22. Clawson was missing several players for various reasons and had junior varsity players called up for the contest.

Despite the loss, nothing will diminish what the program was able to accomplish this season. Along with that coveted district title, the Trojans secured their second consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title and finished the year with a 14-3 overall record.

After opening the year losing two of its first three games, the Trojans went on to win 13 consecutive contests before falling to Lutheran North. Of those 13 wins, 11 were by double digits.

The dominance is a testament to the togetherness of the team, according to Horne. Many of the girls have been playing together or against each other since they were kids, and that has allowed them to grow on the court.

“This group of girls just always wanted to play, play, play,” Horne said. “There’s some teams where you get to the end of February, beginning of March, and everyone’s like, ‘I’m done. I’m ready for spring sports.’ That’s not the feel that this team had. They just wanted to win. They wanted to keep playing.”

With the success they’ve had, the Trojans aren’t resting on their laurels. They expect to compete for another league and district title again next season.

Horne knows what her team is capable of and is excited to see them on the court again next season.

“Having the core group of our kids back, our expectation is always going to be to win our league, and then anything after that is kind of a bonus is how we’ve looked at it in the past,” Horne said. “Now, knowing that we can win a district, I think that’s going to be in our goal set too.”

Advertisement