Times Sports Editor
As the 2008 junior high basketball season comes to a close, North Clay's seventh and eighth-grade girls scored home wins against visiting Sarah Scott on Wednesday evening.
The eighth-grade came out sweltering in the third quarter, using their transition offense to pull away to a 38-13 victory.
The seventh-grade struggled in two of their quarters, combining for just one point, but were successful enough in the other two to pick up a 27-13 win.
The eighth-grade Knights picked up their defensive pressure coming out of halftime, getting three straight steals in the halfcourt from Alyssa Conrad and Dallas Butts that turned into points. Butts and Conrad traded assists on each others baskets and then Butts picked off an entry pass on the inbound play to score a lay-in for a quick 10-0 run.
Heidi Hanson was the recipient of a nice interior pass to score two of her eight points in the game as North Clay continued on the way to outscoring the Scotties 16-0 in the quarter.
Butts scored five of her seven points in the third quarter and Conrad had four of her eight in the decisive period. Hansen also grabbed four rebounds in the game.
North Clay got off to a slow start, leading just 12-6 at halftime as Sarah Scott's Diamond Riley had all six of her team's points.
The Knights were able to sub in their reserves in the fourth quarter, getting four points and two rebounds from Loren Anderson. Morgan Holt, Margit Bloesing knocked home two free throws and Aubrey Welton added two more points.
North Clay forced 21 turnovers in the game while improving to 7-6 overall.
Hayley Rodgers added a pair of early field goals and grabbed two rebounds on the way to a six-point night. Brylie Riddell hit both of her free throws in the opening quarter.
Leading 15-7 at halftime, North Clay got off an offensive snide that saw them score just one point in the second quarter.
Kylie McKee added a 3-pointer in the quarter and a traditional three-point play for all six of her points. The Knights got four rebounds from Riddell, who dominated the defensive glass in the quarter and Ashley Hughes had three steals and a lay up for the Knights.
The Knights pushed the gap to 27-7 through 18 minutes of action before subbing in their reserves the rest of the way.
Both Courtney Plummer and Alexis Bender had two rebounds in the quarter and Halie Hite added three boards in the win.
The Knights improve to 8-6 overall and both the seventh and eighth-grade teams travel to Clay City tonight beginning at 6 p.m.
On Monday, on the road against Edgewood, the eighth-grade girls came up short.
North Clay had 11 third quarter turnovers in the third quarter and Edgewood took advantage for a 34-22 win.
Conrad had seven points and Butts added six. Samantha Montague scored four while McKee and Hanson both had two points.
The North Clay girls' sixth-grade basketball team scored a victory over a tough Cloverdale team on Monday evening, 33-20.
The Knights took control of the game with a 12-6 run in the second quarter and won the final three periods of the game for the road win.
The Knights got nine points from Leanna Knight and seven from Natasha Barrett. Both Halie Sciotto and Brooke Berry added in five for North Clay and Emily Pollard added four. Lindsey Potter chipped in with three.
In the 'B' game, the Knights jumped out to a double-digit, 20-5 lead at halftime on the way to a 35-20 victory.
Megan Mason dropped 10 points on the Clovers and Mahayle Durga added six along with Jessica Ninesling. Makenzie Brush scored four for the Knights and North Clay got two points each from Grace Sutherland, Hunter Todd and Hunter Bowling. Rebecca Rudisel contributed a point.