North Clay eighth grader, Brooklyn Myers goes up for two following a steal.
The North Clay seventh-grade Lady Knights notched a resounding 42-23 win against the Scotties of Sarah Scott Middle School Wednesday, putting the game away early in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak. The eighth-grade Lady Knights also recorded a victory, dispatching the Scotties in the second half of the double-header.
But while seventh-grade Coach Scott Fosdick was all smiles after his game, Anita Miller's eighth-graders gave their coach very little to be happy about.
Miller's squad eked out a 23-20 win despite their inability to execute with consistency on either side of the ball, giving up turnover after turnover and floundering on the defensive boards.
"It was ugly, but it was ours," Miller said. "I wasn't pleased with how we played at all."
Fosdick's seventh-graders, on the other hand, left little to be desired.
The Lady Knights led 11-6 after the first quarter, then allowed the Scotties to narrow the margin to three just over two minutes into the second. But North Clay responded by embarking on a 16-0 run, establishing a 19-point advantage by the time Sarah Scott's Ashley Jordan stopped the bleeding a minute into the third.
Crucial to the Knights' offensive dominance was the one-two combination of point guard Lauren Webster and center Chelsey Sampson. Webster fed the ball to Sampson for easy scores on five separate occasions, and the lanky center went on to lead North Clay with 13 points. Raven Enders added five to the Knights' total.
North Clay's eighth-graders barely held on to their game, surrendering the lead halfway through the third quarter before finally distancing themselves from their opponents with an 8-0 run late in the third.
Shelby Sands led the eighth-grade squad with eight points, followed by Emily Phillips with five.
Both teams travel to Clay City for another double-header tonight.