Peyton Scott shoots a basket Thursday in the Lady Mustangs' win over North Adams at LCHS. Scott led all scorers with 32 points. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Peyton Scott shoots a basket Thursday in the Lady Mustangs' win over North Adams at LCHS. Scott led all scorers with 32 points. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — If defense wins championships, then the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs continued down the correct path on Thursday night, dominating the second half in their Southern Hills Athletic Conference game with the visiting North Adams Lady Green Devils.

In their first meeting earlier this season, Lynchburg-Clay defeated North Adams in overtime, but on Thursday — in their blackout game — the Lady Mustangs’ defense was lights-out, holding the Lady Green Devils to 15 points in the second half en route to a convincing 52-38 win over their conference rival.

Going into the SHAC contest, the Lady Green Devils (5-3, 9-4) were averaging 55.5 points per game.

“We like to play aggressive defense, we like to play up-tempo defense, and sometimes we weren’t able to tonight and we had to adjust. I thought we held strong in our zone, and it was a team effort playing on the inside. We were outsized by them, but I felt we played a team game to stop their inside game, and it worked out well for us,” LC head coach Whitney Lewis said.

Lynchburg-Clay (9-0, 13-0) battled foul trouble in the first half, having two starters with three fouls each. The Lady Mustangs led by a 12-10 score at the conclusion of the first quarter, then following a 14-13 second frame, LC led 26-23 at the half.

“It was tough,” Lewis said about facing the foul trouble in the first half. “I had to trust my kids, and the kids playing varsity are upperclassmen, so it is nice to say, ‘hey, you have three fouls, play smart,’ and they responded to that. I thought we were able to hold off their [North Adams] surge at the end of the second quarter and come out strong in the second half.”

It was a solid effort by both teams in the first half, but in the second half it was Lynchburg-Clay who doubled up the Lady Green Devils with a 12-6 third frame, which included Peyton Scott sinking a 3-pointer to start the third quarter to increase the LC lead to 28-23 with 5:55 on the clock.

Scott nearly scored as many points as the Lady Green Devils, finishing with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, along with four assists and three steals.

“Peyton draws a lot of attention from a lot of people, and she is still able to get to the basket,” Lewis said. “She is able to drive, and it opens up so many things for us, whether she is able to get to the rim or whether she is able to dish out a layup. I’m really happy with that performance.”

Following the trey by Scott, North Adams came back with points from Delaney Harper and Grace McDowell to make it a one-point game at 28-27 with 3:21 left in the third. Later in the frame, a block from LC’s Logan Binkley, followed by a layup by Scott 17 seconds later, began an 8-0 run by LC to increase their lead to 36-27 with 1:17 on the scoreboard. Binkley finished the game with four points and eight rebounds.

Following the full-court drive to the hoop by Scott, Zoe Fittro sank a free throw, then had a three-point play with 1:59 left in the quarter. From there, Scott made two free throws after North Adams had an intentional foul called on them as Scott was hit with an elbow.

North Adams answered with two points, but Scott finalized the scoring in the third with a layup for a nine-point LC lead at 38-29.

Kaylee Lunsford scored first for LC to start the fourth, as the Lady Mustangs scored seven of the first nine points of the final frame. After the Lady Green Devils had two points from Marah Call, it was Scott sinking a turnaround jumper, followed with a 3-pointer by Fittro, as the shot from downtown left LC in from by 14 points at 45-31 with 6:41 left in the game.

After Scott had a block for LC and North Adams made one free throw, it was the LC all-time leading scorer Scott who added to her record with three points on four attempts from the free throw line for a 46-32 advantage with 3:58 remaining in regulation.

Three points were then scored by North Adams, but LC came back with two points by Binkley as she was fouled with a hard hit to her face for a 15-point advantage. North Adams scored their final points with a 3-pointer by Harper, only to see LC gain the final points of the game with a layup with 1:26 remaining on the clock for the 14-point win.

In the first half for the Lady Mustangs, they outscored the visitors by just two points. LC’s 12 points were from six points by Scott, four points from Fittro — who finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds — and two points by Binkley. In LC’s 14-point second frame, they had 11 points by Scott and three points from Serena Smith, who sank a 3-pointer at the 6:15 mark of the second.

North Adams in the first half had three 10 first-quarter points from Grace McDowell, who tallied five, along with three points by Call and two points by Mary Sonner. Call and McDowell each had a 3-pointer in the third.

In the second frame, North Adams’ points came from Wylie Shipley, Call, McDowell and Harper.

For the game, North Adams was led by McDowell with 14 points, followed by Call with eight points. Harper totaled six points, while both Sonner and Shipley each scored four points. Rounding out the NAHS scoring was Karissa Buttlewerth with two points.

North Adams finished with eight two-point field goals, five 3-pointers and were 7-of-15 from the free-throw line. The Lady Mustangs totaled 17 two-point baskets, two 3-pointers and were 12-of-15 in their free-throw shooting.

Next is the biggest matchup of the season thus far in the SHAC as the Lady Mustangs travel to face the Eastern Brown Lady Warriors (8-0, 12-2) for the first of two meetings this season. Both Eastern and Lynchburg-Clay are tied for first place in the SHAC, with neither team having a SHAC loss thus far this season. The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, Jan. 12 with a JV start of 6 p.m. at EBHS.