Times Sports Editor
The North Clay sixth-grade girls' basketball team split a pair of games on Monday evening as the 'A' team fell 29-16 and the 'B' squad used a strong first half to win 23-15 over Otter Creek.
In the opener, North Clay's 'A' team struggled with its ball handling and the Otters got inside for two points apiece from Abby Middleton, Layne Curley and Madison Hayes. Jennifer Bendickson added three for Otter Creek, who led 9-2 after one quarter.
The Knights dropped behind 19-8 by the halftime break despite four first half points from Lindsey Potter.
North Clay upped the full court pressure to open the third quarter and the results paid off immediately in a quick run by the Knights.
Potter tallied three early points and Brooke Berry added a bucket as well. Natasha Barrett scored her only two points in the game during the third quarter. She also added five rebounds in the contest.
The Knights closed the gap to 23-15 by the end of the quarter, but went cold in the fourth quarter.
North Clay scored just one point, a free throw from Potter that completed a eight point, three rebound game. Knight added four rebounds for North Clay.
In the 'B' game, the Knights fell behind 4-0 quickly before stringing together a 9-0 run to end the first quarter.
MacKenzie Brush provided two hoops in the opening first period and Mahayle Durga scored four of her four of her nine points in the game. Durga also grabbed seven rebounds in the game.
North Clay held a 14-8 lead at halftime, forcing 19 turnovers in the first half.
Brush would also have a strong second half along with Libby Deckard.
Brush had seven points in the game and grabbed four of her eight rebounds in the final six minutes.
Rebecca Rudisell had two rebounds and two points in the fourth quarter and Megan Mason added three rebounds. Deckard had three points and four rebounds in the victory.
North Clay will host Monrovia on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
North Clay's seventh-grade girls grabbed a narrow, 23-22 win over host Otter Creek on Monday evening.
Ashley Hughes scored a team-high six points as part of a balanced offensive effort.
Brylie Riddell, Taylor Carter and Sierra Girton all had five points and Cassie Weddle added two.
The seventh grade Knights got a bit of revenge on Monday when they came away with a 31-25 victory on the road against Honey Creek, getting 14 points from Carter.
Riddell added seven points to go with six from Weddle and two apiece from Ashley and Girton.
The seventh grade will travel to West Vigo on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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