White County

Clark’s Role In Win Over Warren Goes Beyond The Box Score

One might take a look into the Warren County-White County boys basketball box score from Tuesday’s matchup and notice that Grant Slatten led the way with 34 points.

You would notice Aidan Cummings’ 24 or C.J. Taylor’s 17 points for Warren. You know what you wouldn’t see? White County junior Kade Clark’s impact on the game.

Clark drew five charges in the game, three of which were called on Taylor. This became even more impactful when Taylor was called for his fifth foul late in the fourth quarter, eliminating one of the Pioneers biggest scoring threats.

“He set a season-high (in charges taken) for sure,” Head Coach Eric Mitchell said. “I don’t know if I have ever had a kid take five charges in a game…he brings so much of the intangibles to the game and to our team.”

Add in the hard-nosed defense and his hustle on the boards, and you have a player that Mitchell believes is part of the heart and soul of the team.

“It’s a big plus to the team when you have a kid that’s willing to sacrifice and do the little things,” Mitchell said. “Kade brings an element to the team that he’s the leader on the floor…he’s a mismatch for everyone, because he can shoot the three.”

The scary thing about Clark’s role, according to Mitchell, is that he does all of the things that you don’t see in a box score and he can also score the ball. This is evident in his best game of the year against Walker Valley on Jan. 10, when he scored 17 points to help lead the team to a victory.

His mismatch potential was also on display early in the season against Monterey, when Clark hit a big three in overtime to give his team a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. If anything, Mitchell says he wants Clark to be more aggressive on offense.

“We need Kade to score,” Mitchell said. “He’s directing traffic and can handle the ball…We need him to score a little more. In the paint (against Warren) against the zone, the middle was open and he was kicking the ball out for threes, but we need him to turn and score a little bit more.”

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