Times Staff Reporter
It was a tough night for the North Clay Knights girls' basketball teams.
For the eighth-grade team, they jumped out to an early 13-0 lead over the Cascade Cadets, only to see it evaporate quickly as they fell 44-31.
With 2:22 remaining in the first quarter, the Cadets began what would turn out to be a 31-1 run to go into the halftime locker room with a 32-14 lead.
Cheriken Dean ended a 25-0 Cascade run by making a free throw with 38 seconds left in the half. The free throw was Dean's only point in the game.
The Knights were unable to figure out the Cadets' full-court press or fast breaks as they turned the ball over numerous times, leading to 18 fast break points for Cascade.
Dallas Butts, who led North Clay with 18 points, got off to a hot start early in the second half, bringing the Knights within a 35-22 deficit midway through the third quarter. However, Cascade held strong and didn't allow the Knights to get any closer.
The game featured a total of 33 fouls, 20 by Cascade, but North Clay was unable to convert, hitting only 2-11 from the free throw line.
Alyssa Conrad pitched in six points, while Heidi Hansen had four and Morgan Holt added a basket to close out the scoring for the eighth graders. Paxton Ott and Andrea Rivera, who had two 3-pointers, led the way for the Cadets with 19 and 15 points, respectively.
The loss was the first of the year for the Knights, whose record drops to 4-1 on the season.
The result was closer but inevitably the same for the seventh-grade girls, who lost 24-21.
The Knights led at the half by a score of 10-6, but Cascade outscored North Clay 9-3 in the third to take a 15-13 lead, which would hold up.
The seventh-graders fared no better at the line than their eight-grade counterparts, going a dismal 3-13 from the line.
Brylie Riddell and Taylor Carter led the Knights with 10 and nine points, respectively, and Sierra Girton added the other two for the Knights. Brandyce Sallee led the way for the Cadets with 13.
North Clay's seventh-grade girls fell to a record of 3-2 with the loss.
Both teams will hit the road Thursday to play at St. Patrick's, with the seventh-grade game starting at 6 p.m.
At North Clay
Copsey 1 2-2 4, Sallee 5 3-7 13, Stewart 2 3-6 7
North Clay (21)
Mason 0 0-2 0, Carter 4 1-2 9, Riddell 4 2-9 10, Girton 1 0-0 2
3-point field goals -- C none, NC none. Fouls -- C 14, NC 13. Fouled out -- C none, NC none
At North Clay
Bridges 0 0-1 0, Laston 1 0-1 2, Ott 5 9-9 19, Rivera 6 1-2 15, Stephenson 3 0-0 6, Wichman 1 0-0 2
North Clay (31)
Conrad 3 0-3 6, Dean 0 1-2 1, Butts 8 2-5 18, Holt 1 0-1 2, Hansen 2 0-0 4
|North Clay||13 1 10 7||-- 31|
3-point field goals -- C 2 (Rivera 2), NC none. Total Fouls -- C 20, NC 13. Fouled out -- C (Wichman), NC none.
Next Game -- NC at St. Patrick's, Thursday, Seventh Grade start time -- 6 p.m.