Times Sports Editor
The North Clay seventh and eighth-grade girls' basketball teams were able to edge out determined Clay City squads on Thursday evening.
The seventh-grade Knights survived a fourth quarter barrage by the Eels to take a 29-21 decision.
Clay City's Logan Ellinger, a sixth-grader playing up a class, scored on a pair of jumpers with under four minutes remaining to get the Eels within 22-21. The Knights had some turnover problems down the stretch as Alex Wolfe started the Eels' run with a bucket and the Knights turned the ball over twice around Ellinger's shots.
Leading by a single-point, North Clay broke free on a fast break bucket by Brooke Berry. Emily Pollard added to the lead with 2:02 left in the game and Pollard pushed the lead to 28-21 on a long entry pass.
Pollard had a team-high 10 points for the Knights while Ellinger had 12 points for the Eels.
Lindsey Potter contributed eight points and three boards with Natasha Barrett grabbing six rebounds to lead the team. Megan Mason pulled down four rebounds in a single quarter and Lorrie LaTourette had two points and three rebounds for the Knights. Jamisen Warner and Libby Deckard each had two points.
For the Eels, Wolfe had four points and grabbed four rebounds. Corrine Terrell added four points and eight rebounds. Claire Miller and Kylee Truax each grabbed three rebounds for the Eels.
Sierra Girton pounded the glass for five rebounds in the opening quarter and Hughes added seven points in the victory.
Brylie Riddell led the Knights with a nine-rebound game to go with seven points. Taylor Carter added eight points to go with six boards. Cassie Weddle knocked down a 3-pointer on the way to a five-point game for North Clay and Alexus Bex scored two points in the win.
For the Eels, Callie Dayhuff led a fourth quarter rally with seven of her team-high 10 points and Madison Booe added five points and seven rebounds. Wolfe continued her strong play from the seventh-grade game to score four points and three rebounds in limited duty. Kaliegh Decker grabbed three rebounds in the fourth quarter while Terrell grabbed two in the fourth quarter.
The sixth-grade Knights wrapped up the home portion of its schedule in style by drilling Sarah Scott on Wednesday night, 56-4. The 'B' team also won, posting a 36-13 victory.
The Knights started the game by pressing on defense, but quickly got out to a 14-0 lead after three minutes and coasted to a 26-3 lead at halftime.
Both Whitney Halfhill and McKenzi Kumpf led the Knights with 12 points apiece and Mikayla Rowan and Emily Conrad had 10 points in the win. Abbey Timberman and Brittany Fagg added four points, Deaven McCrocklin and Mallory Smith added two.
In the 'B' game, North Clay started slow, but finished strong led by a 17-point effort from Hannah Minor. Mahalie Harris and Sydney Buell each had four points while Carli Gambill added three. Shea Britton, Alexandria Meyer and Morgan Brown all had two points.
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