OGDEN -- The Falcons solved their opening-night jitters first, and held on against the host Scots.
Clearfield and Ben Lomond tipped off the prep girls basketball season Tuesday evening, and the Falcons took advantage of the young Scots' early miscues to post a lead, then earned a hard-fought 30-26 win to open the season.
Jocelyn Jones led Clearfield with 10 points, while Kaitlyn Stratton added seven points and Saige Marsh chipped in with six.
Leanza Driscoll and Sydney Boucher scored six points apiece for the Scots.
"I feel like we came out jittery and it seems like we missed a ton of layups," Ben Lomond coach Andrew Short said. "Still, to be in the game against a bigger school in the final minute is something we can build on."
The Falcons broke down the Ben Lomond man-to-man defense early in the contest, and built a 9-4 lead at the first break. The Scots managed to cut the lead to 14-11 at halftime, using a zone to slow the pace.
Ben Lomond cut the edge to just a point, 18-17, after three quarters, and were within a basket throughout the final quarters.
After Clearfield took a small lead, Ben Lomond forced the Falcons to the foul line. The visitors missed a couple of free throws, but the Scots were unable to take advantage.
"Turnovers were a huge problem for us," Short said. "Also, our game plan is to attack the basket, so shooting 3 of 10 from the foul line won't get the job done. We were neck-and-neck with them, but made a few poor decisions."
Short complimented the visiting Falcons on taking advantage of the their offensive rebounds as well.
Clearfield finished 4-18 a season ago, playing in Region 6. Ben Lomond went 5-15 in Region 11 play.