Times Staff Reporter
Although the teams fought to the end, both the sixth- and seventh- grade North Clay girls' basketball teams lost Wednesday evening, 26-10 and 33-9, respectively.
Leading scorer for North Clay in the game was Stacy Payton. Payton scored eight points, including six on free throws. Leading the Knights in rebounding was Katelyn Ruff, who grabbed five boards in the loss.
In the second half, North Clay fought hard and cut down its turnovers to just four to end the game.
Also contributing for North Clay was Kenzie Stearley with two points.
In the seventh-grade game, the Knights also started sluggish offensively, just scoring three points in the game's first three quarters.
However, similar to the previous game, North Clay ended on a high note, scoring six points and forcing five turnovers in the fourth quarter.
"We've done better. We're making improvements. We moved the ball better tonight," the Knights' head coach Jennifer Smith said. "Kaytlin Galloway really stepped up for me and, at the end of the game, Faith Wells stepped up and was able to drive the ball when I asked her." Wells scored all four of her points in the last quarter of play.
Galloway scored two points Wednesday evening. Josie Collier added to the total with two points of her own. Shayla English scored a point in the loss.
The North Clay sixth-grade 'A' team is now 2-2 while the seventh-grade is now 0-3 overall. The sixth-grade travels to Otter Creek on Monday at 5:15 p.m. and the seventh-grade faces Sullivan on the road Saturday at 9 a.m.
At North Clay