Dallas Butts (#10) is fouled as she goes up for a shot against Woodrow Wilson.
TERRE HAUTE -- The North Clay sixth-grade Lady Knights struggled with turnovers and missed more than their share of lay ups against the Warriors of Woodrow Wilson Wednesday, but a late burst of scoring from Alyssa Conrad secured a 22-19 Knights victory.
North Clay came out on top of the hard-fought contest, during which the Warriors led as late as the 2:30 mark in the fourth quarter. The game was a stark contrast to the first meeting between the two teams this season, a Feb. 4 home game that ended in a 20-point Knights win.
"We played them earlier, and this was a much improved team from what we saw a few weeks ago," said North Clay Coach Mandy Smith.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the game, and the turnovers piled up as each squad struggled for their first score. Knights guard Dallas Butts dropped in a jumper from the corner after two scoreless minutes to give North Clay a 2-0 lead. But the Warriors would score the next three points, and it took an Alyssa Conrad runner at the buzzer to give the Knights a 4-3 lead at the end of the first.
North Clay scored the first four points of the second quarter, but Wilson responded with a 9-2 run that put the Warriors ahead 12-10 at the 3:00 mark in the third.
The Knights regained the lead on a lay up by Conrad with 2:38 left to play, going up 18-17 and holding Wilson to two points in the final two minutes to close out the game.
Butts led North Clay in scoring with 10, followed by Conrad with six and Kylie McKee with four.
The Knights second team also prevailed against the Warriors. Samantha Montague led all scorers with six as North Clay downed Wilson's B-squad 10-9.
Next up for North Clay is a road trip to Cloverdale this evening at 6 p.m.