Times Staff Reporter
North Clay's sixth-grade squad continued to roll towards the end of their season, winning a fourth consecutive contest in dominating fashion, earning a 44-23 win over Edgewood Wednesday evening.
After squandering a big first period lead with a sloppy second quarter, the Knights' defense turned up the pressure in the third period, forcing the Mustangs into turnovers on their first four possessions, before eventually taking the quarter by a 13-5 tally, turning a two-point halftime lead into a 10-point lead going into the game's final period.
The Knights never let up, and continued their dominance into the fourth quarter. Coach Kendall Sheets said he was happy with the way his team carried out their game plan in the second half.
"We did a good job running (our plays)," Sheets said. "We played very well."
Ethan Linton led North Clay's offense with an impressive 16-point effort, while Quinton Hayes added nine.
With the win, North Clay takes a 9-6 record into its final game of the year. Sheets said he was delighted with the progress his team has made and thinks it bodes well for their future.
"This has been a nice little streak to end our season," Sheets said. "Hopefully we can continue it in our last game and give the kids a nice sendoff."
The North Clay B-team wasn't as fortunate, as they dropped a very close 16-14 decision.
Knights leading scorer Lance Rector brought North Clay back from a six-point second half deficit when he tied the game at 14 with 1:50 to go. The Knights were unable to keep the momentum, however, as Edgewood's Colin Wells hit a mid-range jumper with less than a minute to play, then pulled down two clutch rebounds to secure a Mustang win.
Sheets said he was proud of the B-team, who fell to 9-6, for hanging tough, and was disappointed they were unable to secure a victory.
The Knights' season comes to a close next Thursday with a home game against Monrovia.
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