North Clay sixth grader Alyssa Conrad goes to the basket for two of her 10 points in a 26-13 victory over St. Patrick's.
By CAREY FOX
North Clay's seventh grade girls basketball team tipped off the season with a comfortable 42-17 victory over St. Patrick's on Wednesday night while the sixth grade squad evened their season record at 2-2 with a 26-13 win.
Defense sparked the seventh grade squad to their victory with the starting guard tandem of Lauren Webster and Anna Pinkston each harassing their Irish counterparts into handfuls of turnovers.
Implementing a trapping, full-court defense, the Knights turned steals into fast break opportunities early and often with Webster collecting four early points. The Knights sprinted out to a quick eight point lead at 10-2.
But the Irish chipped away late in the second and third quarters to get within 18-12 at halftime.
However, in the third period, North Clay got two late 3-pointers from Anna Pinkston, part of her 10 point night, and Webster scored six of her 10 points in a 13-0 burst as the Knights put the game away.
Post player Chelsey Sampson tallied 10 points inside for North Clay and both Raven Enders and Jenny Gabriel added four points in the victory.
For the sixth grade squad, North Clay jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play, paced by a 3-pointer from Dallas Butts and baskets from both Kalyn Lucas and Alyssa Conrad.
The Knights really got their offense going in the second period, posting 15 sparked by four from Butts and eight from Conrad to take a 22-7 advantage at halftime.
North Clay's reserves saw much of the second half action after leading 22-0 at halftime as the Knights cruised the victory.
Conrad led the Knights with 10 points and four rebounds while Butts added eight points with Sarah Phillips contributing four points and four boards.
The sixth grade girls (2-2 overall) will travel to Owen Valley on Thursday and the seventh grade travels to Chauncey Rose on Wednesday.
The North Clay eighth grade boys team was a 38-20 winner on Monday evening at South Vermillion.
Justin White led the Knights with 12 points while both Clay DeWeese and Drake Stevenson scored eight. Jonathon Bradshaw added four in the win.
The eighth grade will host Rockville tonight at 6 p.m.