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North Clay defense sparks win over visiting Trojans

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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The Knights' Blake Hill scores on a driving lay-up in the fourth quarter. [Order this photo]
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The North Clay eighth-grade basketball team used a pressure defense in both the 'A' and 'B' contests to roll past visiting West Vigo on Wednesday night.

The Knights' 'A' team fell behind by a point after one quarter as West Vigo's Jordan Schaffer scored all seven of his points from the perimeter. However, North Clay turned up the heat to outscore the Trojans 16-6 in the second period on the way to a 50-35 victory.

North Clay's second quarter rally was paced by its transition offense as Tucker Stewart scored four of his 15 points in the period. The post game got a boost from Sam Grimes, who sank a pair of free throws and had four points and five boards in two quarters of work.

With a 26-17 lead at halftime, North Clay's Nathan Thomas contributed six of his seven points in the third quarter as the Knights extended its lead to 36-22.

The fourth period proved to be evenly played as West Vigo's David Fiddler and Nick Parker poured in a combined 11 points to counter five points from the Knights' Stewart and four from Quinton Hayes, who had 10 for North Clay. Hayes also had a pair of 3-pointers in the win.

Hunter Ragan had five points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Knights with Ethan Linton adding four points, Ben Girton had three and Thomas had seven points with three boards. Liam Jones had three rebounds and Grimes added five rebounds.

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North Clay eighth-graders Hunter Ragan (No. 33) and Ethan Linton (No. 24) leap for a rebound in the second half of a win over West Vigo. [Order this photo]
In the 'B' game, the Knights got off to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter on the way to a comfortable 61-24 victory against the Trojans.

North Clay forced 10 turnovers in the opening period to create its lead with Gavin Johnson tallying four of his 11 points to go with five rebounds. Both Girton and Cam Brown had four points apiece in the first quarter.

The Knights dominated the boards in the opening half as Blake Bennett, Caleb Simmons and Preston Pinnick each had three rebounds in the second quarter as the lead grew to 23-5 at halftime.

Opening the third quarter, it was Lance Rector that took over the scoring load from the guard spot with Brown taking control of the paint.

Rector nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the third period on the way to an 11-point game and Brown had 10 points with five rebounds in two quarters of action. Simmons had five points and three boards. Bennett had six rebounds and six points.

In the fourth quarter, Blake Hill scored on a pair of lay-ups to complete a four-point effort to finish off the victory.

The Knights (1-1 overall) travel to St. Pats tonight for a 6 p.m. contest.

At North Clay

'A' game

West Vigo116513-35
North Clay10161014-50

'B' game

West Vigo05316-24
North Clay1581820-61