After what likely seems like an eternity for local high school basketball players, play resumes this week with a slate of six games through Friday evening.
Clay City has had the longest downtime and rightfully hits the court first.
The Eel girls have been on hiatus since a Dec. 19 overtime loss to the Shakamak Lakers. With just a 1-10 record through the first half of the season, the Eels will likely be happy to get back on the court.
Another positive was that the Eels got healthy once again. After missing three players, including second-leading scorer Jenna Koehler, the Eels were happy to have the time to get everyone back on the court.
While the Eels struggled in the first half of the season, the Northview girls' program is enjoying the best season in recent memory.
The Knights have reeled off a 9-4 first half record that includes a 3-0 mark in the Western Indiana Conference. Northview has been off since a Dec. 21 win over conference foe Edgewood that sent them into the break on a five-game winning streak. Northview faces the Greencastle Tiger Cubs this evening with the junior varsity tipping off at 6:30 p.m.
Whitney Medworth leads the team with a 13.3 points per game average with freshman Julia Whitted averaging just under double figures. Whitted also contributes nearly 10 rebounds (9.8) a game. Medworth is adding 4.6 assists per game and has 24 3-pointers this year.
The Northview boys' team was one of the busiest programs in the Wabash Valley over break with their stint in the Wabash Valley Classic over the holidays.
The Knights have opened the year 10-0 after winning the Classic title. Northview has a brief break before their Friday and Saturday back-to-back contests. The Knights will travel to Owen Valley on Friday night for a boy/girl varsity doubleheader beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday they will return home for a junior varsity/varsity boys' contest against Rockville.
The game will be Northview coach Mitch Lancaster's first against his former squad. Lancaster coached the Rox until last season when he took over the reigns for the Knights after John Crooks stepped down.
The Clay City boys' team (5-2 overall, 1-1 SWIAC, 2-0 TRC) gets their shot at tournament play when they take to the court against Vincennes Rivet this evening in the opener of the Greene County tourney.
The Eels have had a 17-day layoff since their win over the Rivet Patriots on Dec. 20, 64-50. The tournament, played at White River Valley (WRV) High School in Switz City, will also feature Linton, WRV, North Central (Farmersburg), Union, Eastern (Greene) and Shakamak.
On Tuesday night the Eels will face Rivet at 6:30 p.m. with Linton and White River Valley to follow. On Wednesday, North Central and Union will play at 6:30 p.m. with Eastern and Shakamak afterwards.
If the Eels win in their opener, they will return versus the winner of WRV/Linton on Friday at 6:30 p.m. If they lose in their opener, they will play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night.
Elliott Booe leads the team in scoring at 21.3 per game with Jared Defore chipping in 11.75 a game. Roger Harden (9.4) and Matt Farmer (9.7) are both near double figures as well.
All four Clay County teams will be looking to make a strong push towards the postseason beginning with this week's slate of contests.