TERRE HAUTE -- The North Clay seventh-and eighth-grade volleyball teams visited Woodrow Wilson on Thursday night and came away with a split.
The seventh-grade squad remained unbeaten with a hard fought, 22-25, 25-8, 15-4 win over the Warriors.
Whitney Halfhill had 18 points, seven aces and three kills to lead the way as Mannah Mace contributed seven points, two aces and a pair of assists. Lainey Latham served up three aces on the way to six service points and she had a kill. Kenzie Kumpf had four points and two kills and Shea Britton had two points with two aces. Deaven McCrocklin, Ramey Miller, Sydney Buell, Hannah Minor and Taylor Hess had a point each and Hess had two assists. Samantha Smith and Minor each had kills and Abbey Timberman had two assists.
In the eighth-grade match, North Clay last its first match of the season, 11-25, 7-25 as Audrey Clark had two points with an assist and Kayla Watson had two points. Jade Mills, Leslie Ringo, Paige Stevenson and Andi Harting each had a point, Emily Pollard had an assist and Shelbi Morris had two kills.
The seventh-grade is now 12-0 while the eighth-grade is 11-1 overall and both travel to Clay City on Monday for a 6 p.m. match.
North Clay football wins
ELLETSVILLE -- The North Clay seventh-grade football hit the road to face the Edgewood Colts on Thursday night and used a second half rally and key defensive stand to pick up a 22-18 victory
The win improves the Knights' record to 3-2 overall.
North Clay was forced to punt on its opening drive and Edgewood took over at midfield and struggled to move the ball as well. However, on a third-and-eight, the Colts' halfback broke free up the middle and broke a couple of tackles on the way to a score and a 6-0 lead.
Edgewood's short passing attack was a problem throughout the early stages of the game for North Clay's defense, but the secondary of Gaddis Baysinger, Dillion Hayes and Buzz Munoz began to formulate a way to shutdown the Colts as the game progressed. Meanwhile, North Clay's offense was still struggling and remained scoreless over the first quarter.
In the second period, Edgewood found the endzone again, but North Clay stopped the two-point conversion by the Colts and the score was 12-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, North Clay's Kevin Coahran fielded the kick and raced down the field and over one Colt defender for a 60-yard score. Steven Lovett converted for two points and the Knights' deficit was just 12-8 at halftime.
North Clay kicked off to start the second half and the defense was stout in halting Edgewood's first drive. Derek Mills and Waylon Layne had big tackles. Edgewood's passing game got them on the board again late in the third period to push the lead to 18-8.
Opening the fourth quarter, North Clay's front line began to mount pressure as Coahran, Brandon Fugate, Curtis Stearley, Garrett Lessman and Layne made things difficult for the Colts. On the other side, North Clay finally got things going offensively as Stearley broke loose and rambled to the endzone. Mills converted for two points and the lead had shrunk to 18-16. The second score really sparked the Knights' defense and it held the Colts as time began to run short.
North Clay got some powerful running from Mills, Lovett and Walter Robert along with strong leadership from quarterback Hunter Slack to march for the endzone and the go-ahead TD. Stearley was able to find paydirt, and though the conversion try failed, the Knights led 22-18.
The Colts still had some fight left in them and began to move the ball down the field. With the clock running down there was some controversy about the number of timeouts that the Colts had left. With the ball on North Clay's 10-yard line and time for one play, the Knights held to pick up the victory.
Results of the eighth-grade game were not reported.
The Knights return home to take on West Vigo on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.