Times Sports Editor
Undoubtedly after a three-week break between games, the North Clay seventh grade basketball team was ready to get back on the court.
Following a 38-24 win over South Vermillion, the Knights started the stretch run by extending their winning streak to nine games.
North Clay enjoyed a size advantage in the post over the Wildcats and used it to its advantage by going to Phillip Lalen early and then getting strong play from Craig Peters over the middle quarters of the win.
Lalen scored four points in the first period as North Clay led 9-2 after the opening quarter.
South Vermillion turned the ball over nine times in the opening quarter and couldn't get anything going inside. North Clay's defense in the post kept the Wildcats at bay while the Knights extended their advantage to 20-6 at halftime.
Peters hit a pair of jumpers in the second quarter and Braden Parr added all five of his points in the quarter as the lead hit double-digits for North Clay.
Though the Wildcats had more success protecting the ball during the remainder of the game, North Clay's balanced scoring attack allowed them to continue to build on its lead before subbing liberally in the fourth quarter.
Eric Hire had eight rebounds for South Vermillion, which led the squad and Lalen had 10 points and five boards to pace the Knights. Larry Shaffer had four rebounds for North Clay and Peters had a team-high 11 points.
Dallas King added in four points with three rebounds and Bryce Britton came off the bench for five rebounds and three points for the Knights. Travis Hakman got into early foul trouble but also added two points.
In the 'B' game, the Knights got a game-high nine points from Garrett Baysinger on the way to a 31-14 victory.
Baysinger knocked home a 3-pointer to end the first half, which started a 7-0 run that carried over into the second half as North Clay took control of the game.
South Vermillion was within 10-6 before the run, but Dakota Davis added in two fieldgoals during the third quarter and Baysinger added four more of his points.
The Knights led after each period and got two points and five rebounds from Dylan Green. Skyler Holifield had three rebounds and Justin Sampson got North Clay off to a strong start with four first quarter rebounds.
Davis had eight points in the game and Drake McKee had four points in the final quarter of the win.
The Knights ('A' team, 11-5) will travel to Rockville on Thursday before competing in the WIC Tourney on Saturday.
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