By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
The North Clay sixth- and seventh-grade boys both fell Wednesday night to a tough, physical Honey Creek team. The sixth-graders lost 31-22, and the seventh-graders lost 52-18.
The sixth-grade game couldn't have started out worse for the Knights, as they not only went scoreless in the first quarter, but scored a mere five points in the entire first half. Even though their offense was struggling, the sixth-graders' defense was outstanding, only allowing 12 points during the first half.
Knight Thomas Hess had a great third period coming out of halftime, scoring two points but also drawing two fouls to go to the free throw line twice.
Hess finished the game with two points and two rebounds.
The Knights started to get their offense going in the second half, doubling their score to ten in the third quarter. However, Honey Creek's offense also picked up, as they scored 22 in the same timeframe, effectively putting the game out of reach for North Clay, 21-10.
Drew Lumsdon received some playing time in the fourth quarter, and he provided an excellent spark for the Knights.
Lumsdon had six points and four rebounds Wednesday evening.
However, Lumsdon's spark wasn't powerful enough to lift the Knights to victory and they eventually fell, 31-22.
"I was really proud of the effort that we had in the last quarter," North Clay sixth-grade head coach Kendall Sheets said. "I thought the guys out there really played hard."
Dylan Hyatt scored six points in the game, and Dilan Farris contributed with four of his own. Kalen Schane and Hunter Sullivan each added two points to the Knights' total.
The seventh-graders began their game slow as well, as they went down 9-2 to go into the second quarter.
However, Nathan Thomas was a bright spot for North Clay in the second quarter, scoring four points and accumulating a pair of rebounds. He ended the game with those totals.
Despite Thomas' efforts, the Knights were down big at halftime, 25-9. Things didn't get much better defensively in the second half for North Clay, giving up 27 points in the third and fourth quarters combined in North Clay's 52-18 loss.
"We're working hard in practice," Knight seventh-grade head coach Clay Huffman said. "Trying to improve every day."
Liam Jones tied for the leading scorer on North Clay with four points. Ben Girton and Sam Grimes each had two points Wednesday night. Tucker Stewart and Josh Alsip also contributed with a pair of points each. Quinton Hayes and Blake Bennett also each added a point for the Knights.
North Clay's sixth-graders play tonight at home against South Vermillion Middle School, while the seventh-graders travel to Clay City tonight for a match-up.
At North Clay
|North Clay||0||5||5||12||- 22|
|Honey Creek||8||4||9||10||- 31|
|North Clay||2||7||6||3||- 18|
|Honey Creek||9||16||19||8||- 52|