Times Sports Editor
North Clay's seventh-grade girls' basketball team proved to be rude hosts for visiting Greencastle on Thursday evening.
Defense ended any threat by Greencastle early in the game as North Clay cruised to a 16-0 lead after the first quarter of a 24-1 win.
The Knights pressed the Tiger Cubs full court from the opening tip, forcing turnovers on the first four possessions by Greencastle. Those turnovers fed the North Clay offense for a quick 10-0 lead, all on lay-ups.
Ashley Hughes paced the break with a pair of early steals and six of her eight points in the first quarter.
The Knights scored their final bucket of the first period off an assist from Taylor Carter to Brylie Riddell.
Leading 16-0, North Clay subbed in their bench in the second quarter, getting a hoop from Riddell and four of Hayley Rodgers' seven rebounds in the period. Alexus Bex added three more in the quarter.
In the second half, Hughes gathered up her fifth steal of the game and Carter pulled in all three of her rebounds.
The reserves finished up the game for North Clay as Halie Hite grabbed two rebounds as well as Riddell. Brandi Sanders, Rodgers, Sierra Girton, Andrea Schultz and Nicole Linton each had one rebound in the fourth quarter.
Linton's fourth quarter during the 'A' game seemed to fuel her play in the 'B' game as her six first quarter points got North Clay rolling to a 22-8 victory.
Linton had eight points with five rebounds in the win.
Rodgers also had a big game with 10 boards and eight points for North Clay. Megan Heaton grabbed five boards and Bex had four rebounds and four points. Maeghan Pillman grabbed two caroms in the final quarter of the win.
The 'A' squad wraps up its season at 10-6 overall.
The North Clay sixth-grade girls' basketball team has come on strong during the second half of this season and won its sixth in a row on Wednesday evening.
Matched up against Honey Creek, the third time was the charm for the Knights.
North Clay had faced the Bees during the Boys' Club League earlier this year and lost by more than 30 points before narrowing the gap to just a four-point loss a month ago.
On Wednesday, North Clay strung together some of its best play for a 24-23 victory over the visitors.
The victory improves the Knights' record to 8-7 overall.
North Clay got balanced scoring with Leanna Knight, Natasha Barrett and Mahayle Durga each had six points with Lindsey Potter, Emily Pollard and Brooke Berry contributing two apiece.
In the 'B' game, North Clay improved to 11-2 after winning its 10th straight game after a convincing 32-5 win.
Makenzie Brush, Megan Mason and Grace Sutherland each had eight points and Libby Deckard, Jessica Ninesling, Rebecca Rudisel and Durga all had two points.
Last weekend, the sixth-grade team took home the championship at a South Vermillion tournament that also included North Vermillion and Paris Mayo.
Paris Mayo trailed the host school by 13 points heading to the fourth quarter before scoring a two-point victory.
In game two, North Clay trailed early on before taking control in the second quarter of a 31-20 victory against North Vermillion.
Halie Sciotto, , Tidy Weese, Potter and Barrett all had six points with Berry adding three and both Knight and Durga chipping in with two.
In the title game, North Clay jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised past Paris Mayo by a 40-19 score.
Knight paced the team with 13 points with Berry scoring eight, Potter had seven in the win. Durga ran up six points for North Clay in the title game followed by four from Barrett and two by Emily Pollard.
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