BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
North Clay's sixth grade basketball took one on the chin Wednesday night, as both A and B squads dropped games to a very good Honey Creek squad.
The A-team fell by the score of 47-32. The Knights made an impressive 9-2 run late in the first period to take a 13-11 lead. The momentum didn't last however, as turnovers and an inability to stop a fast paced Bees attack, led to a 26-17 halftime deficit.
North Clay attempted a fourth quarter rally, but was never able to get any closer than six. Honey Creek put a stamp on things by scoring the game's final seven points.
The A-squad (5-7) was led in scoring by Tucker Stewart and Ethan Linton who scored 15 and 12 respectively.
Similar to their teammates in the prior contest, the Knight B-team showed sporadic signs of life, but were unable to establish any consistency in a 42-23 loss.
North Clay ended the first half with a three by Lance Rector and began the second half with a three by Mike Thomas to pull within two at 18-16. Things did not go so smoothly for the Knights from that point on, as they were outscored 24-7, dropping their record to 6-6.
The losses were a big comedown from Monday night, when both the A and B teams took impressive wins against St. Patrick's. The A team dominated in a 45-8 win while the B team earned a 30-20 win. Coach Kendall Sheets said he thinks his team is capable of competing with anyone, but they are hampered by an inability to stay focused for an entire game against good teams.
"We've got to play for 24 minutes," Sheets said. "Not 14, or 18, but 24. We go through stretches where we just fall asleep and we can't do that."
With six games remaining in their season, Sheets said he is hopeful the proper adjustment in his teams' focus will be made so they can end things on a winning note.
"We have a chance to compete with everybody on our schedule," Sheets said. "This is a fun group of kids and they are good players, but we're still climbing a mountain, and we need to work hard to get where we need to be."
The sixth-grade team returns to action next Wednesday, when they travel to play South Putnam.
The North Clay eighth-grade boys' basketball team split a pair of games against visiting Woodrow Wilson on Monday evening.
The 'A' team won a 37-34 decision against the Warriors, overcoming a five-point halftime deficit powered by a 19-12 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Ethan Whitson rang up 23 points to lead the Knights followed by six from Daniel Kimball and five from Nate Newton. Jim Mace added another three for the victorious Knights.
In the 'B' game, North Clay fell 46-29 in a balanced scoring effort that saw 10 different players get into the scoring column.
Mark Underwood led the way with five points followed by four apiece from Kelly Hawkins and Zach Moore. Austin Butts tallied three with Tanner Wilson, Jason Sampson, Cullen Jones, Jeremy Maffioli and Connor Ringo adding two and Bo Stewart scored one point.
The 'A' team is now 8-2 this season and hosts Greencastle tonight at 6 p.m.
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