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North Clay sixth-grade girls defeat Shakamak

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

The North Clay sixth-grade girls played in a doubleheader Tuesday evening against the Shakamak Elementary fifth- and sixth- graders. They won both games, 26-21 and 14-10.

In the "A" game, the Knights took a quick lead after the first quarter, 8-4 thanks to four points from North Clay's Abby Conrad. Conrad scored six points in the game.

"Abby Conrad for sure," Laura McCrea, one of two head coaches for North Clay, said. "She helped us out with her height."

Although it went into halftime with a 12-10 lead, North Clay picked up its offense in time for the second half. Unfortunately for the Knights, so did Shakamak.

North Clay's Stacy Payton also increased her scoring output in the final two quarters. Payton scored six in the second half, bringing her point total to 10 for the game.

"(Payton) is always a great ball handler," McCrea said. "When she's in the game, we're good."

Late in the game with a five-point lead, North Clay's Allison Herrick blocked the final Shakamak shot to guarantee the victory for the Knights.

Along with the last block, Herrick scored four points for the Knights. Megan Sampson and Parker Spears each scored two points to contribute to the victory.

"The girls played very hard and we're very proud of them." McCrea said

In the second game, the points wouldn't come as easily.

Mariah Hill scored the only basket of the first quarter for North Clay, giving them a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Hill ended the game with that total.

After the first half, North Clay had a slim 6-4 lead. Contributing to its lead was Maddie Russell, who connected on a second-quarter field goal. Russell finished with two points.

The Knights lost their lead during the third quarter as Shakamak tied the game going into the fourth at 8-8.

"In the second game, they played really hard," McCrea said. "We pulled it out."

With the game tied at 10-10 with 45 seconds left, Kenzie Stearley scored the go-ahead basket to bring North Clay's total to 12. Stearley also clinched the victory as she scored again before time expired. Stearley ended with six points in the second game.

Angel Haynie scored three points Tuesday evening. Katelyn Ruff added to the total with a point of her own in the win.

North Clay's next game is Thursday evening at South Putnam, at 6 p.m.

At North Clay

Game 1

North Clay 84104-- 26
Shakamak4674-- 21

Game 2

North Clay2422--14
Shakamak0442--10