Andrew Butts (left) fires a shot up over a South Vermillion defender.
The North Clay seventh-grade Knights picked up an easy conference win Monday, dismantling South Vermillion on their way to a 50-31 victory.
The game marked the first meeting this season between North Clay and South Vermillion. The Wildcats were something of an unknown quantity to Knights Coach Chris DeHart, who admitted after the game that he didn't know what to expect from South Vermillion going into the contest.
"We didn't know much about this team," he said. "We tried to figure out what defense would work and settled on a trap."
DeHart's defensive strategy paid off. After surrendering just eight points in the first quarter, the Knights defense tightened up further, holding the Wildcats to five points in the second quarter and just one in the third. North Clay's offense, meanwhile, fired on all cylinders throughout.
"We finished our lay ups, and our big men played well," DeHart noted.
Starting guard Trent Lancaster took control of the Knights offense early, handling the ball with confidence and finding his "big men" in the post. Starting center Jordan Van Horn and his back-up Jacob Musgrave combined for 24 of North Clay's 50 points. In addition to a double-digit assist total, Lancaster added 10 points of his own to the Knights' effort.
Van Horn led all scorers with 16, followed by Lancaster and Caleb Mershon with 10 apiece. Musgrave finished with eight.
North Clay's second team also cruised past the Wildcats, dispatching the South Vermillion B-squad 31-15. Hunter Robertson led the Knights with nine points.
Next up for North Clay is a matchup at Rockville on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m.