Times Staff Reporter
The North Clay eighth-grade girls dropped their second game in a row Thursday, falling at home to Honey Ēreek by the score of 51-26.
The Bees took complete control of the game early, jumping out to a 21-3 lead at the end of the first period. The Knights did show signs of life in the second period, even closing the half on a 6-0 run. However, the deficit proved too much to overcome.
Despite the loss, the Knights (5-3) showed great improvement over their previous meeting with Honey Creek, who trounced them by the score of 43-11 when they met on Jan. 27. Coach Jennifer Smith expressed great pleasure with her team's play despite the fairly lopsided defeat.
"This was a much improved team tonight," Smith said. "If you erase the first quarter, this was an even-keeled game."
The Knights were led on offense by Lindsey Potter, who scored nine points. Karlie Atkinson added four while three other players got on the board with three points.
Despite the loss, which followed a 37-24 defeat at the hands of Cascade on Tuesday, Smith said she was pleased with the progress her team was making, and believed it would carry over into future contests.
"We made a lot of positive steps tonight," Smith said. "We bounced back like I thought we would. I am very pleased with how we played."
The B team was also in action Thursday, as they fell to 1-2 after a 21-11 loss. Mahayle Durga and Grace Sutherland led a brief North Clay offensive attack, scoring three points a piece.
North Clay returns to action next Monday, with an A-B doubleheader at South Putnam, with a 6 p.m. tip-off.
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