North Clay's Kylie McKee drives to the basket during Wednesday's win over Monrovia.
The North Clay sixth-grade Lady Knights improved their record to 10-4 with a victory over Monrovia's Lady Bulldogs Wednesday.
The Knights led for most of the game, but the Bulldogs refused to give up the fight. Monrovia put together a perfectly-timed offensive run to retake the lead in the third quarter, but the Knights answered with a few timely scoring runs of their own to pull out the 31-26 victory.
North Clay Coach Mandy Smith admitted after the game that Monrovia's speed and physical brand of defense nearly got the best of her Knights.
"They're very scrappy, and they're hustlers. They're a very good team," she said. "We got flustered, and that's what happens."
By "that," Smith meant the 12-0 Bulldogs run that nearly cost North Clay the game. The surge began with a short jumper by Cheyenne Whitney with 2:35 to play in the second and ended with a basket by Boddie Rhodes that gave Monrovia a 20-17 with 2:34 left in the third.
But the Knights responded with a run of their own, scoring nine unanswered points to finish out the third with a 26-20 advantage. North Clay managed to stave off another Bulldogs rally in the fourth to secure the win.
Dallas Butts led the way for the Knights with 13 points, just ahead of Alyssa Conrad's 12. Kylie McKee, Sarah Phillips and Heidi Hansen were the only other Knights on the board, scoring two points apiece.
North Clay's second team also notched a win against Monrovia, holding on for a victory despite a total offensive collapse in the second half.
Samantha Montague poured in 11 first half points as the Knights cruised to a 15-4 halftime lead. North Clay failed to score for the duration of the second half, but Monrovia couldn't make up the difference and the Knights skated to a 15-7 victory.
Josie Hensler and Loren Anderson added two points each to Montague's 11.
The sixth graders will be back in action next Wednesdday at Woodrow Wilson beginning at 5 p.m.