Times Sports Editor
North Clay's eighth-grade basketball team overcame a 10-6 deficit after the first quarter to pick up a 30-22 win over visiting Woodrow Wilson on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors Dailyn Beck controlled the scoring in the first quarter tallying six of her 10 points during the opening six minutes.
The Knights couldn't get a handle on her or Marlee Yeager in the post.
Yeager grabbed five first quarter rebounds, blocked a shot and added a fieldgoal.
But Alyssa Conrad scored six of her eight points on jumpers to keep the Knights within early striking distance.
North Clay picked up their pressure in the middle two quarters, limiting the Warriors to just two free throws from Beck and a field goal by Yeager.
Meanwhile, Dallas Butts scored four points in the second period to got with a hoop from Kylie McKee that knotted the halftime score at 12-all.
In the third period, the Knights' Samantha Montague knocked down an early jumper and Heidi Hansen's presence in the middle helped limit Yeager and center Danielle LaTourette.
In the final six minutes, both offense's woke up and the Knights got four points from Montague and five of Butts' nine points in the waning moments.
Butts hit three-of-four free throws in the final two minutes to help clinch the victory.
Conrad had two late free throws and McKee contributed one more hoop for the Knights who improved to 4-1 overall.
On defense, the Knights forced 23 turnovers in the game.
In seventh grade action against Woodrow Wilson, the Warriors scored a 54-18 win against the visiting Knights despite eight points from Taylor Carter and seven from Brylie Riddell.
North Clay drops to 2-3 overall.
The North Clay sixth-grade girls' basketball team roared to a pair of wins on Tuesday night, scoring a 30-12 win in the 'A' game and drilling the Wildcats, 48-2 in the 'B' contest.
The Knights held South Vermillion scoreless in the first quarter while pulling out to a 12-0 lead. The Wildcats only scored four total points through the first three periods.
North Clay got eight points each from Natasha Barrett and Lindsey Potter while Halie Sciotto and Mahayle Durga tallied four apiece. Leanna Knight, Emily Pollard and Libby Deckard each had two.
In the 'B' contest, North Clay allowed just two points in the first quarter before holding South Vermillion scoreless the remainder of the game.
The Knights meanwhile got a balanced offensive effort with 10 players getting into the scoring column.
Sciotto and Brooke Berry each had 12 points and Megan Mason, Jessica Ninesling, Grace Sutherland and Tidy Weese all had four. Scoring two points each were Libby Deckard, Hunter Todd, Rebecca Rudisel and Hunter Bowling.
North Clay will host Otter Creek on Monday.
Eighth grade girls' basketball
At North Clay
Sixth-grade girls' basketball