Times Sports Editor
The North Clay seventh and-eighth-grade girls' basketball teams stayed unbeaten on the season by defeating South Vermillion at home on Monday evening.
The eighth-grade 'A' team posted a 35-12 victory while the 'B' team won a 22-13 decision.
The 'A' squad got unleashed Brooke Berry as a disruptive force in the first quarter as the guard picked up three steals in the period and tallied three of the Knights' seven points. South Vermillion stayed close as Olivia Harpenau scored four of her seven points as the Wildcats crept within 7-6.
The difference in the game was the defensive effort that the Knights put forth in the middle two periods, holding South Vermillion scoreless for more than 13 total minutes while building a 22-6 lead after three quarters. The Wildcats didn't score a point in either the second or third quarters as North Clay seized control.
Lindsey Potter scored all five of her points in the middle quarters and Berry remained a force, scoring five of her 11 points in the same periods. Karlie Atkinson pounded the glass with six points along with Lorrie LaTourette, but Leeanna Knight led the team with seven rebounds and added seven points. Knight had six of those points in the fourth quarter as North Clay outscored the Wildcats 13-6 to close out the victory.
Natasha Barrett had five rebounds and Emily Pollard added four.
Atkinson, LaTourette, Barrett and Pollard each had two points apiece. Megan Mason had four points and two rebounds.
In the 'B' game, North Clay got off to a 7-0 lead after one quarter as Tidy Weese, Mahayle Durga and Danielle Bowling each had a fieldgoal to go with a free throw from Melissa Lummis. South Vermillion would rally in the second quarter with an 8-4 advantage in the period that got the Wildcats within 11-8 at the halfway point.
In the second half, Weese grabbed four of her eight rebounds and had a fieldgoal in the third quarter. Grace Sutherland added the only other fieldgoal as both teams struggled from the field.
Fortunately for the Knights, their defense remained stout in the final quarter as Bowling, Olivia Howald and Durga had two-or-more boards. Sutherland had three of her game-high eight points in the final quarter as North Clay gained the win.
Becky Paugh added four rebounds for North Clay while Durga led the way with 11 in the game.
The seventh-grade Eels claimed a 51-8 victory in the 'A' game paced by a 13-oint, six-rebound effort from Mikayla Rowan and 12 points from Whitney Halfhill. McKenzie Kumpf added nine points and four boards to go with eight points from Emily Conrad. Mallory Smith scored four, Deaven McCrocklin added two and Brittaney Fagg scored one point with two rebounds.
In the 'B' game, North Clay won a 35-8 decision led by six points each from Sydney Buell and Taylor Walker. Buell had six rebounds as well.
Mahalie Harris had five points with three rebounds, Alex Meyer added four points and five boards and Carli Gambill topped the squad with eight rebounds to go with four points. Shea Britton came through with seven rebounds and four points and Ramey Miller also had two points , Stephanie Ellingsworth had four rebounds and Tori Tilly had two rebounds.
The 'A' teams each improved to 4-0 overall and the 'B' teams are now 1-0 with a home game against Honey Creek on Wednesday at 6 p.m.