The North Clay eighth-grade Lady Knights finished their season with a bang Thursday, recovering from a futile first-half performance to hand the Greencastle Tiger Cubs a 34-15 loss.
Frequent turnovers marked a rough first-half for both teams, with the Knights clinging to a 7-6 lead at the half. The Tiger Cubs kept pace with a struggling North Clay offense until a three-pointer by Ali Sharton gave the Knights the lead with 1:15 to play in the third, igniting a game-ending, 21-2 North Clay run.
Emily Phillips led the North Clay charge with 11 points, followed by Carlee Bell with eight and Ali Sharton with seven.
Knights Coach Anita Miller said her team's uneven performance typified their entire season.
She never questioned the ability of her players, even as the Knights struggled to find a reliable formula for scoring points.
"They get a little lazy and save everything 'til the end," she said.
Miller isn't surprised that the 2006 team's 14-4 record stands up to the 15-6 mark posted by last year's eighth-grade class, which included current Northview standout Spring Raines.
Despite those pesky consistency issues, Miller is convinced her team is capable of continued success at the high-school level.
"If they can keep playing, they can keep winning," she said. "If they want it, they can have it."
-'B' team wrap-up
North Clay's eighth-grade second team also finished the season with a come-from-behind victory over the Tiger Cubs. The 'B' team finished their season with eight tallies in the win column and just one loss.
The Knights overcame an 11-3 half-time deficit with a dominant showing after the break, outscoring Greencastle 18-4 in the second half to secure a 21-15 victory. Jessica Tallman led North Clay with eight points, followed by Samantha Solomon with six and Brooklyn Myers with three.