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CLEAR LAKE | With a tough schedule next week, the third-rated (3A) Clear Lake girls basketball could have been forgiven for somewhat overlooking a Clarion-Goldfield-Dows team that Lions thumped by 38 earlier in the season.

Clear Lake did not have its strongest offensive showing of the season, but the Lions defense has been consistent all season, and the result was a 51-21 win that kept Clear Lake undefeated in North Central Conference play.

“I thought we moved the ball well and got the right looks,” Clear Lake coach Bart Smith said. “We missed too many bunnies.”

Clear Lake’s defense was the catalyst for a 20-2 run over much of the first two quarters as the Lions took a 28-8 lead into halftime.

The Lions expanded the lead to 35-8 midway through the third quarter at which point Smith started substituting liberally.

Lexi Fasbender, a sophomore guard, hit a pair of three-pointers and paced Clear Lake with a career-high 17 points.

“This is so much fun,” Fasbender said. “We all have different roles.”

Sara Faber, the Lions leading scorer on the season at more than 16 points per game, finished with 14, 12 of which came in the first half.

Chloe Mueller and Julia Merfeld each hit a pair of three-pointers for Clear Lake.

Clear Lake faces a difficult task next week when the Lions hit the road for three games.

On Tuesday, Clear Lake travels to Algona for a conference matchup against a Bulldogs team that has only two conference losses and is riding a nine-game winning streak.

On Thursday, Clear travels to Cresco for a game against the top-rated 3A team in the state, Crestwood before traveling to Humboldt on Friday.

“It is just a mindset being on the road,” Smith said. “We are going to have to execute.”

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