Times Sports Editor
The North Clay eighth-grade basketball team tipped off the season against a tough Honey Creek squad on Monday night.
The Bees' defense was in midseason form, forcing nine first half turnovers and pulling out to a 35-11 lead at the break.
North Clay didn't have much of an answer for the size of Damon Olds in the paint. Olds had 21 points at the halfway mark of the game. Couple that with the outside shooting of Gary Ulrich, who had four of the Bees' eight 3-pointers and the deficit simply grew too large early.
Honey Creek went on to post a 52-22 victory over the Knights in the 'A' game.
The Knights got seven points from Braden Parr, six points from Dallas King and three points each from Devin Clark, Bryce Britton and Phillip Lalen.
King also had three rebounds and a block with Larry Shaffer adding four boards.
In the 'B' game, Honey Creek scored a 39-11 victory despite three points and five rebounds. Alec Coughanowr had two points and Dakota Davis had two points as well.
The eighth-grade teams are 0-1 overall and travel to Sarah Scott on Thursday for a 5 p.m. game.
At North Clay (A)
At North Clay (B)
TERRE HAUTE -- The North Clay seventh-grade team proved resilient in its opening game of the year. The Knights trailed for nearly the entire game before overcoming the Bees in the fourth quarter for a 41-31 victory.
North Clay trailed by four at halftime, but crept within a single point heading into the final period before blowing by the Bees with a 15-4 outburst.
The rally gave North Clay a 41-31 victory in the season opener for the Knights.
Jim Mace led the way with 10 points in a balanced scoring effort. Daniel Kimball tallied nine followed by seven each from Ian Heffner and Tanner Wilson. Nate Newton added five, Mark Underwood had two and Jason Sampson had a point.
In the 'B' game, Honey Creek scored a 23-15 victory despite six from Kelly Hawkins, four from Jeremy Maffioli, two apiece from Colton Burgess and Tyler Rector. Zach Moore had one for the Knights.
The seventh-grade 'A' team is 1-0 with the 'B' team at 0-1 with a home game on Thursday against Sarah Scott at 6 p.m.
At Honey Creek (A)
At Honey Creek (B)
TERRE HAUTE -- North Clay's sixth-grade basketball teams split against Chauncey Rose, falling 33-26 in the 'Black' game.
Joe Ball ripped the nets for 16 points with Seth Payton scoring six and Antoney Bryan adding two.
In the 'White' game, North Clay won a 26-7 decision as Kurtis Yocom had eight to lead the team. Derek Mills, Austin Russell and Kade Carter each had four with Gaddis Baysinger, Skyler Aguilar and Zene Colson tallying two.
Last week, the 'Black' team dropped a 27-9 decision to Woodrow Wilson with Yocom scoring six, Bryan had two and Russell added one.
The 'White' team scored a 35-18 victory led by 12 from Ball, 11 from Damon Bass and 10 from Mills. KJ Thomas had two and Baysiner also had two.
The sixth-grade 'Black' is 1-2 overall while the 'White' team is 2-1 this season. The sixth-grade travels to South Vermillion on Monday at 6 p.m.