Left: Justin White drives to the basket and puts up two of his 10 points in a win over Edgewood.
Right: Caleb Andrews puts up two points for North Clay in a win over Edgewood on Thursday night.
The North Clay sixth-grade Knights improved their record to 11-1 Thursday, easily dispatching Edgewood 67-16.
North Clay dominated the Colts throughout, establishing a 13-4 advantage by the end of the first quarter and pouring in 26 second-quarter points on their way to a 39-6 halftime lead. With post-season play quickly approaching, Knights Coach Tom McCullough said he instructed his team to continue to play hard and make good decisions even after amassing a seemingly insurmountable lead.
"The biggest thing (about playing with a big lead) is trying to coach within the game, keep the kids within themselves and taking the shots they'd normally take," he said. "Play tough defense, block out and do all the things you're supposed to do."
North Clay turned in an impressive early shooting performance, knocking down five three-pointers in the first half alone. In addition to his solid performance in the post, Knights center Clay DeWeese drained two shots from beyond the arc as the Knights cruised to a 33-point lead at the half.
Edgewood, on the other hand, struggled to put together an offense for the duration of the game. The Colts missed a number of open shots under the basket and were cold shooting from the floor, suffering a 10-minute scoring drought that lasted most of the second and third quarters.
The Knights, on the other hand, continued to score at will in the second half, rolling to a 54-7 lead by the end of third quarter and finishing with the 47-point victory.
DeWeese led all scorers with 15, with Drake Stevenson and Justin White each adding 10 for North Clay.
The Knights' second team also notched a victory Thursday, dropping Edgewood's B-squad 30-16. Kyle Hughes scored 12 for North Clay, followed by Scott Wheeler with eight and Trent Sims and Caleb Mason with three apiece.