The North Clay seventh grade second place team is: (front row l-r) Annie Smiley, Raven Enders, Anna Pinkston, Lauren Webster, Kalyn Beil, Baylee Keyt and Nicole Nelson. (Back row l-r) Chelsey Sampson, Benita Wilkerson, Abigail Crawford, Jenny Gabriel, Shelby Davis, Ashlee Ball, Autumn Wilkinson, Darcy Bass, Rissa Berg, Emily Harden and coach Scott Fosdick.
The North Clay seventh grade girls basketball team played well in the Western Indiana Conference tourney this past weekend in Spencer, but their effort fell just a couple of points short in the finals against the host squad.
The Knights came out flying in their opening two games, picking up wins over Sullivan and South Vermillion on their way to the title game.
Against Sullivan, the Knights used a huge third quarter to pick up a 44-30 victory over the Arrows.
The Knights held a tentative 18-17 lead at halftime despite hitting just one-of-nine free throws in the opening quarter and only three-of-18 by halftime. However, in the third period, Anna Pinkston knocked down a 3-pointer as part of a seven point quarter and Lauren Webster added four points as well. North Clay held the Arrows to just six points in the quarter while tallying 15 themselves to take a 33-23 advantage.
The squad held serve in the fourth quarter with the defense again stifling Sullivan, holding them to five points. Meanwhile, North Clay got six of Chelsey Sampson's 15 points to pull away to the victory.
Webster added eight points for North Clay, Ashley Ball had four and Darcy Bass tallied two for the Knights.
Against South Vermillion, North Clay got off to a quick start, getting six points in the opening quarter from Jenny Gabriel to open up a 13-3 lead after one period.
The Wildcats got going on the offensive end before halftime, scoring 10 in the second quarter, but the Knights held a 25-13 lead at the break.
In the second half, neither team's offense did much damage, but North Clay's defense held South Vermillion scoreless in the fourth quarter and to just two second half points. The result was a 33-15 win for the Knights as both Webster and Sampson had nine points. Gabriel had six points with Raven Enders adding five, Bass had three and Shelby Davis added a point.
In the title game, North Clay jumped out to a 9-2 lead early in the game, but Owen Valley fought their way back for a 12-9 lead at halftime.
The Knights fell behind 19-13 after three periods but fought their way back in a fourth quarter rally that came up just short in a 29-27 loss.
Pinkston knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as part of her 10 point night and Webster added eight points, Sampson had four and both Bass and Enders added two.
Up next for the Knights is a Thursday home game against Rockville beginning at 6 p.m.