Last week the Clay City Eels rebounded from their only loss in the past seven games with a victory over the Sullivan Golden Arrows, 44-37.
The Eels dropped a 54-47 Southwestern Indiana Conference game with Eastern (Greene) on Jan. 17 which ended a six-game winning streak that started on Dec. 17. This week they attempt to stretch their current win total to 11 against just three losses when they face another SWIAC foe in North Daviess (3-11, 1-2 SWIAC).
Clay City currently sits in the middle of the SWIAC standings, tied with N. Daviess at 1-2 in the SWIAC. This is a big weekend for the Eels who also travel to White River Valley on Saturday night to face the Wolverines who are 2-2 in the conference currently.
Clay City is in the thick of their conference schedule with five consecutive Tri-River Conference or SWIAC games coming up over the next three weeks. The Eels won't get much of a break with a road game versus Shakamak next weekend along with contests with North Central (Farmersburg) and Linton as well.
Last year the Eels struggled through this portion of the season as they closed their regular schedule by dropping four of their final seven including games against White River Valley, Shakamak and North Central. They hope to turn that record around beginning against North Daviess, who they defeated 76-54 last year.
In that game, Elliott Booe led the hot-shooting Eels with 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Eels shot 30-of-49 (61 percent) from the field while holding the Cougars to 41 percent (19-of-46).
Experience will be on Clay City's side since the Cougars return just four players who saw time in last year's game. None of them scored more than six points for North Daviess.
The Eels will have to be careful not to overlook the Cougars who have had their struggles this season. With a big rematch against White River Valley on Saturday night, Clay City has to stay focused on the task at hand.
With the quality of the seniors on the Eels' squad this year, it'll be surprising if they don't come out ready to go against the Cougars when they tip-off on Friday night. Junior varsity action begins at 6:30 p.m.