North Clay seventh grade girls basketball coach Scott Fosdick (center) goes over a play during a timeout with his team, including (#43 - Ashlee Ball, #22 - Annie Smiley and (far right) Shelby Davis.
The North Clay seventh-grade girls notched an authoritative win in the second game of their season, dispatching Chauncey Rose 33-12 Wednesday night.
Both teams struggled to control the ball in the early going, with the Knights committing three turnovers in the first 30 seconds of play. North Clay Coach Scott Fosdick said ball handling may be the one aspect of the game his team struggles with the most.
"From the beginning, we've been working on the fundamentals," he said. "Dribbling the ball is probably one of our biggest weaknesses. That's a fundamental we need to have."
The Knights ultimately overcame the early turnovers, due in large part to a stifling defense. North Clay held the Royals to just four points in the second half, including a fourth-quarter shutout.
The Knights had no trouble converting when they were able to hold onto the ball. Anna Pinkston nailed a long jumper with 1:30 left in the first to cap a 10-0 North Clay run, and the Knights headed into the second quarter with a 10-2 advantage.
The Royals threatened early in the second, scoring four unanswered points to cut the North Clay lead to four. But the Knights responded, embarking on a 9-0 run of their own. North Clay led 21-8 at the half, and their defensive performance in the second-half sealed the victory.
Raven Enders and Lauren Webster led the Knights in scoring with eight points each, with Pinkston adding seven in the first half alone.
North Clay's second team lost a squeaker to the Chauncey Rose B-team, falling to the Royals 13-12. Benita Wilkerson led the Knights with five points in the losing effort.
Up next for North Clay (2-0 overall) is a road trip to North Central this evening at 6 p.m.