By Ray Hamill — Del Norte junior Jadence Clifton showed why she’s the best high school player on the North Coast on Thursday night, posting yet another double-double to lead the Warriors to a crucial 60-39 win at Eureka.
Clifton, who is averaging a double-double this season, finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds, as well as displaying some incredible moves.
“She has that drive. I don’t care if you’re seven foot tall or five foot tall, if you’ve got that heart and drive …,” Del Norte head coach and Jadence’s father Justin Clifton said. “You can’t teach that drive. You can’t teach that heart.”
Clifton has been sensational all season and is averaging 28.5 points a game (22 in league).
More impressively, she is doing this despite being double-teamed all season.
And that’s not the only part of her game that has impressed.
“She can score, and everyone knows she can score,” the head coach added. “But she can pass too. She has very good court vision.”
And Clifton has been almost as impressive on the other side of the ball, limiting Eureka’s main scoring threat Sophia Chalmers on Wednesday.
This win, however, was achieved with a stellar team performance, with plenty of Del Norte players stepping up to the challenge in addition to Clifton.
“They showed up tonight, for sure,” the head coach said of his team. “Everybody played a role tonight.”
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Check out some of the fourth-quarter highlights here.