The North Clay seventh and-eighth-grade girls' basketball teams took to the court in search of a Western Indiana Conference championship on Saturday.
The seventh-grade team reached that goal with a three-win day while the eighth-grade came up one win short of a second title for the junior high programs.
In the seventh-grade tourney, North Clay opened play with a dominating 57-4 victory over South Vermillion that enabled them to rest plenty of their regulars and get the entire team into the action.
A balanced scoring effort included a 13-point, six-rebound game for McKenzi Kumpf and 10 points and five rebounds from Mikayla Rowan. Abbey Timberman posted nine points, Emily Conrad added in seven with Whitney Halfhill chipping in with six points.
Also getting into the scoring column was Hannah Minor with four points, three from Mallory Smith, Shea Britton and Brittany Fagg.
In the semi-final game of the tourney, the Knights sent the Edgewood Colts packing with a 47-21 victory.
Rowan had a dominant game with 22 points and 15 rebounds for North Clay followed by 10 points each from Halfhill and Timberman. Conrad added three and Britton posted two points as the Knights moved on to the title game.
In the finals against Brown County, North Clay got another all-around effort from the team in a 42-22 victory to claim the title.
In the eighth-grade tournament, the Knights came in with a 7-5 mark and were facing a Sullivan team that had beat them 25-12 on Jan. 13.
This time around however, it was North Clay that got the best of the Arrows as Leeanna Knight tallied 10 points and 16 rebounds and Lindsey Potter posted five points as North Clay won 26-20.
In the semi-final game, North Clay cruised to the victory by a 46-15 decision as both Potter and Megan Mason tallied eight points followed by Natasha Barrett and Knight with seven points. Emily Pollard added five, Brooke Berry had four and Grace Sutherland, Tidy Weese and Mahayle Durga had two points each.
In the title game, the Knights came out on the short end of a 47-20 score against the Edgewood Colts.
Potter had six points followed by Mason with four while Knight had seven rebounds, Barrett and Mason each had six boards.
Despite coming up a game short, coach Jennifer Smith was happy for her team's effort.
"I was very proud of what the girls accomplished Saturday; they had a pretty tough game with Sullivan and it really took a lot out of them. They worked hard, and things are really starting to come together with the team; they are starting to block out well and hitting the boards and bringing down the big rebounds," Smith said. "We put in some new offenses this week and we even threw a couple of new plays at them during the game and they stepped up and did what was asked of them. By the end of the third game Saturday their legs were getting tired but they kept driving the lane and finding openings and they continued to get on the floor after a loose ball. They put their heart and souls on that floor this weekend; I couldn't ask for anything more then what they gave; I'm very proud of them."
After such a tough set of three games on Saturday, both teams returned to the court on Monday evening.
The seventh-grade team continued to roll, winning over visiting Woodrow Wilson, 33-19 in the 'A' game as Rowan had a 14-point,eight-rebound game. Halfhill added seven points and six rebounds followed by a 10-rebound game by Kumpf, who also scored six points. Timberman had four points and Conrad added two.
In the 'B' game, Woodrow Wilson squeezed out a 16-10 decision despite four points, three rebounds from Walker and two points each from Alex Meyer, Sydney Buell and Britton.
In the eighth-grade game, injuries finally took their toll on the Knights as starting guard, Potter, played just half of her usual minutes due to injury and Berry also missed the game with an ankle injury.
The Warriors were able to post a 17-10 victory at home over the Knights as North Clay hit just three-of-14 free throws.
The Knights will be back in action on the road Thursday night at Rockville beginning at 6 p.m.