SPENCER -- The North Clay seventh-grade girls' basketball team captured the Western Indiana Conference championship recently with a three-game run in Spencer.
The North Clay defense spurred its opening game victory as the Knights held Sullivan to just two points through the first three quarters while opening up an 18-2 lead on the Arrows. The Knights rolled to a 27-15 victory to advance to the semifinals.
Stacy Payton had 12 points in the victory followed by seven from Abby Conrad. Lindsay Clark scored three points, Megan Sampson had two and both Mariah Hill and Kenzie Stearley had a point.
In round two, North Clay trailed 20-17 at halftime, but its defense helped produce another victory as Edgewood was held to just one point in a 40-25 victory by the Knights.
The Colts were outscored 23-5 in the second half as North Clay got 15 points from Conrad and eight from Payton. Stearley had seven point for the Knights, Clark and Carleigh Shrader each had four points. Parker Spears scored two on a pair of free throws.
North Clay faced the home squad in the championship game and had to rally once again with a strong fourth quarter, holding Owen Valley to just two points while coming back for a 29-24 victory.
The Knights outscored Owen Valley 11-2 in the final period to claim the WIC title after falling behind 14-8 at halftime.
Conrad led North Clay with 12 points followed by six apiece from Payton and Stearley. Sampson had four, Spears produced two points and Clark had one point.
On Thursday night, the seventh-grade hit the road to pick up a 29-11 victory as Conrad poured in 15 points and Clark hit a pair of 3-pointers. Payton had four points, Allison Herrick and Stearley each had two points.
North Clay's eighth-grade came up just a bit short in a 22-19 defeat as Hannah Reason had eight points and both Faith Wells and Brooklyn Fagg had four. Bailey Fiddler and Hannah Stagg each had two.
Up next for the Knights is a trip to Edgewood on Monday evening.
Western Indiana Conference