The North Clay seventh-grade girls' basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season by knocking off visiting South Putnam in a pair of games.
The Knights scored the first 21 points of the game in the 'A' contest on the way to a 38-7 victory.
Outstanding team defense was the foundation of the victory as North Clay was active in the passing lanes and were able to keep themselves in front of the Eagle ball handlers. South Putnam struggled to even get shots off as North Clay jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one period and led 21-0 at halftime.
The Knights defense held the Eagles scoreless until the 4:15 mark of the second half, long after North Clay had put the game away.
Brooke Berry scored a pair of baskets in the first quarter and Libby Deckard's defense in the paint led to a pair of blocks and a couple of rebounds for the Knights.
Karlie Atkinson pounded the boards in her time on the court, grabbing three rebounds and blocking a shot in the quarter.
The Knights continued to spread the scoring load around as Megan Mason, Jessica Ninesling and Jamisen Warner each got into the scoring column.
Leading 21-0 at halftime, North Clay gave up its first points when Amanda Barnes knocked down a 3-pointer.
Berry added three more points in the third quarter on the way to a seven-point game and Leeanna Knight added two of her four points to go with three rebounds. Lindsey Potter added four more points as North Clay's lead grew to 32-3 after three quarters.
Lorrie LaTourette scored four points and added four rebounds with Sutherland adding four points.
In the 'B' game, North Clay outscored the Eagles in each period on the way to a 26-15 victory.
Warner had a big second half for the Knights, grabbing 11 of her 14 rebounds to go with eight points.
North Clay's rebounding on the offensive glass was pivotal in the win with Atkinson and Sutherland each scoring off put backs during the first half to grab a 16-9 lead.
Sutherland scored all eight of her points in the first two quarters and had five rebounds. Atkinson had nine rebounds to go with four points.
Ninesling had four points in the victory and Hunter Bowling had two points and two boards.
South Putnam's Mariah Lee grabbed 15 rebounds in the game to go with 10 points and Sarah Jones added six boards for the Eagles.
The North Clay 'A' team improved to 5-1 this season and hit the road for a game at Woodrow Wilson on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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Next game: North Clay travels to Woodrow Wilson on Wednesday at 5 p.m.