NASHVILLE -- The North Clay eighth-grade girl's basketball team claimed the Western Indiana Conference championship on Saturday with a pair of wins on the road at Brown County.
The Knights opened play against the host school and battled Brown County's zone defense throughout and posted a 24-15 victory. North Clay worked the ball well to get their shots and though they weren't knocking them down regularly, the Knights' patience spurred them to the win.
In the championship game, North Clay overpowered Owen Valley by a 49-12 score as Rowan had seven points and 10 rebounds and Smith added seven points as well. Halfhill was the leading scorer for the Knights with 10 points and Timberman added eight points to go with six rebounds. Both Conrad and Kumpf each had five points and six rebounds. Sydney Buell, Hannah Minor, Brittany Fagg and Deaven McCrocklin each had two points.
The Knights are back in action at home Thursday against Rockville.
The seventh-grade Knights were also in action at the WIC Tourney and showed off their improvement this season despite a hard fought loss to Sullivan.
Just a week ago, the Knights lost to Sullivan by 22 points and were down to the Arrows by 18 at halfitme.
On Saturday, the Knights focused on blocking out and stepping to the ball. The results were evident in the re-match, North Clay battled Sullivan to the end before dropping a 22-12 decision.
Faith Wells had six points to lead the way while Josie Collier, Hannah Stagg and Kaitlyn Galloway each had two points.
"Despite the fact that we came out on the losing end (in Saturday's) game, it was by far the best game we have had this season," coach Jennifer Smith said. "We have been working on basic fundamentals a lot in practice and today it finally came together. We were more patient with the ball and if we got out of the offensive set we were able to get the ball back to the top and re-set the offense. Josie Collier stepped up and with her speed was able to throw Sullivan out of its offense a few times. Brooklyn Fagg showed up big in the paint blocking out well and grabbing big rebounds."
The seventh-grade will be in action against Rockville on Thursday with a 6 p.m. tip-off.