Times Sports Editor
North Clay's sixth-grade girls' 'A' basketball team started strong against visiting St. Patrick's on Tuesday night, but it was the Irish' Emma Sappington that finished the strongest in a 15-11 road win for St. Pats.
North Clay raced out to an 8-0 lead after the opening six minutes with the Knights' defense pressuring point guard Jessica Will and shut off the passing angles.
Ironically it was St. Pats' defensive pressure the remainder of the game that allowed them to get back into the game.
The Irish started to double up their pressure on North Clay's ball handler and forced them into making longer passes the remainder of the contest. The Knights' offense staggered over the final three quarters, scoring just three more points the rest of the way.
Sappington started the Irish comeback with three second quarter field goals created with drives to the basket.
Trailing just 9-8 at halftime, both team traded baskets in the third quarter with Barrett scoring the lone hoop for the Knights.
There were plenty of opportunities for the Knights to take control, but they struggled to hit some close range chances and down the stretch, Sappington scored the final five points of the game for the Irish who pulled ahead to stay in the fourth quarter.
Knight had 10 rebounds to lead North Clay and Halie Sciotto added two points and nine rebounds. Megan Mason had three rebounds off the bench for North Clay before doing much of her damage in the 'B' game.
Sappington had 11 of her team's 15 points in the game.
In the 'B' game, the Knights held St. Pats scoreless until the final period of a 26-4 victory.
North Clay got two points each from Grace Sutherland and Mahayle Durga in the opening period to lead 4-0, but Pollard added four points of her own along with three rebounds in the second period.
The Knights extended their lead to 12-0 at halftime with Tidy Weese grabbing nine rebounds in the first half alone while chipping in with a field goal. Durga added her second bucket of the game before break and MacKenzie Brush narrowly missed adding to the lead before the buzzer when she stole the ball from the Irish and raced to the goal. The buzzer sounded before the shot left her hand however.
Mason scored two points in the third period and grabbed six rebounds and a put back from Jessica Ninesling pushed the lead tot 22-2. Libby Deckard added a score off a rebound and Brush hit a short jumper to cap the scoring for the Knights.
Deckard had four points and three rebounds in the fourth quarter while Brush added four points and three rebounds in the final period.
Durga had four points and six boards for the Knights and Weese had 13 rebounds to lead the team.
The 'A' squad is now 1-3 for the season and will host Owen Valley on Saturday.
At North Clay