The Notre Dame Lady Titans had their fourth win of the season, beating the Clay Panthers 51-31 last night on their own court. Notre Dame remains undefeated as the Panthers take their first loss.
Notre Dame came out and owned the court from the beginning, doubling the Panthers’ score in the first quarter, with the Titans scoring 16 points and only giving up eight. Playing for Clay, Hunnter Adams scored her one and only three point shot in the first quarter. Panther Skylar Artis, the team’s highest scorer of the night, scored two two-point field goals in the first. Artis scored a total of 12 points in the game, two of which were three pointers. Lauren Cambell came out for the Panthers scoring one of two foul shots.
Meanwhile, in the first quarter, leading scorer for the Titans, Hagan Schaeffer, scored four field goals, followed by Lexi Smith who scored two and Molly Hoover and Kate Detwiller who each scored one. Schaeffer would go on to score 18 points in the game, including both two and three point field goals, showing she can score from anywhere on the court.
Clay got into a little bit of foul trouble in the second quarter, giving up four foul shots, of which the Smith made two for two and Detwiller made one for two.
By the third quarter, Notre Dame had a 15 point lead on the Panthers, a lead Clay would not be able to recover from. At the half, Clay had six fouls working against them. They had a total 11 throughout the game. Fouls, however, did not lose the game for the Panthers. Clay offense just was not ready for Notre Dame defense.
Notre Dame also found themselves in a little foul trouble during the second half of the ball game. Though they only had four fouls in the beginning, they followed that with an additional six in the second half. Still, the Notre Dame girls played hard and continued to score, pulling even farther away from the Panthers. Notre Dame closed the night with a 20 point advantage.
Following the game, Clay Coach Scott Cayton was proud of his girls and how hard they played despite the hard loss. He explained that they knew they were facing a good team before the night started.
“Hats off to Notre Dame. They’ve had a lot of success,” Cayton stated. “To beat a team like that, we have to make a lot fewer mistakes, and we did not do that.”
Being so early in the season, Clay still has a chance to be a fierce competitor. With this being their first loss, they have shown to play well. Cayton is working with a young team of underclassmen who are still gaining some needed varsity experience.
“I think our girls played hard. We just have to get better at certain things,” Cayton commented.
As for the future games, Cayton says the Panthers will just have to keep working.
“We’ll just take it team by team and continue to get better game by game,” said the coach.
Clay will go on to play at home against Waverly on Saturday (Dec. 10). The Waverly Tigers are currently 4-2.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame will go on to play at home Saturday against New Boston, who is 2-0.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.
Notre Dame 16 26 40 51
Clay 8 18 25 31
Notre Dame: Hoover-4, Detwiller-9, Schaeffer-18, Ball-3, Smith-17
Clay: Jaelyn Warnock-3, Adams-3, Osborn-4, Jensen Warnock-8, Campbell-1, Artis-12