Clay City's Shelby Targett (#35) goes up for a rebound in Monday's eighth game.
CLAY CITY -- Turnovers were the downfall of both the Clay City seventh and eighth grade basketball teams' against North Central in girls basketball action Monday evening.
The eighth grade squad struggled on offense in the first half in falling behind 18-6 at the halftime break, but they would rebound in the third period.
Getting to the offensive glass, the team narrowed their deficit to just 26-18 on an 8-2 run.
Kelly McCullough hit the glass for four points and four of her team-high 10 rebounds in the quarter and Lindy Jones had six of her nine points in the period. But Clay City turnovers would lead to the Thunderbirds halting the Eels' run and putting together one of their own.
The T-Birds limited the Eels to just five points in the final period, three on a late 3-pointer from Jones, and North Central pulled away to a 45-23 victory.
Shelby Targett added four points and six rebounds for Clay City who drops to 1-2 overall and Jones grabbed seven rebounds to go with her nine points. Carli Jackson added four rebounds for the Eels and Sloan Miller pulled down five boards with her two points.
In the seventh grade game, the Eels had their best offensive game of the year, but it still wasn't enough in a 43-17 defeat.
Lindsey Hughbanks had seven points and five rebounds and LaKyla Cook came through with six points and six boards. Haley Bryan and Breanna Wiley each had two points.
The seventh grade squad drops to 0-3 overall and both teams will take on Shakamak at home on Thursday.