ELNORA — The North Daviess girls basketball team won two games over the holiday weekend to push its streak of wins to five games.
The Cougars (13-2) won at Orleans (6-9) 38-19 Saturday afternoon and defeated Clay City 60-29 Monday evening at the Cougar Den.
Class A No. 9 North Daviess didn’t allow a point in the first quarter Saturday and led Orleans 5-0 after the first eight minutes. Both teams scored eight points in the second quarter to give the Cougars a 13-8 lead at halftime. Cougars senior guard Meghan Knepp scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the third as the Cougars outscored Orleans 14-10 in the third to take a 27-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
North Daviess locked down defensively by allowing just one point to the Bulldog offense and pulled away for the 19-point victory. Knepp led the Cougars with 15 points, Brooke Moore had 11, Taylor Mallett scored six points, Maggie Schwartzentruber had four and Sabra Smith had two points.
In Monday’s game, the Cougars took an early 9-5 lead behind five first quarter points from senior Sabra Smith and two points each from Meghan Knepp and Taylor Mallett. In the second quarter the Cougars turned up the defensive intensity while outscoring Clay City 18-4. Mallett scored six of her game-high 15 points, Brooke Moore scored four points, Smith and Knepp each hit a 3-pointer and Abby Hollis scored two points to give North Daviess a 27-10 lead at halftime.
North Daviess continued to assert its dominance in the second half by outscoring Clay City 33-19 in the final 16 minutes. Mallett led all scorers with 15, Smith had 14, Makayla Spears scored nine points, Moore had eight, Knepp and Sydnie Reed had six points each and Maggie Schwartzentruber added two points.
North Daviess visits Union Dugger Thursday night.
“I am really happy with the patience this team is starting to show on the offensive end and the ability to share the ball,” said North Daviess coach Ron Knepp. “We have been very selective in getting the best shot available and are having a lot of different people step up and make the shot. We need to be a balanced team in order to compete in our sectional. We can’t have one or two people scoring the ball we need to have a total team effort and the girls are starting recognize and fit into those roles for this team. We have several SWIAC teams coming up on our schedule and one of our goals is to win the SWIAC so our concentration is taking the end of the season one game at a time and getting better each night out. We want to be better today than we were yesterday.”