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Eels begin stretch run with pair of weekend games

Thursday, February 20, 2003

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The Clay City Eels have a busy weekend at home with contests versus West Vigo on Friday night and Turkey Run on Saturday evening. The No. 5 ranked Eels have a 14-4 record overall after clinching a TRC title on Tuesday.

The Clay City Eels hope to continue their winning ways this weekend with a pair of home games against area squads.

The Eels, fresh off clinching a Tri-River Conference title on Tuesday night get a brief respite before returning home for a Friday night tilt versus the West Vigo Vikings.

The Vikings (3-15 overall) have struggled mightily this season with their shooting and currently are trying to shirk off a three-game losing streak when they visit Clay City.

West Vigo will have had an eight-game layoff when they face their No. 5 Class A hosts who moved up one spot in the most recent Indiana High School Coaches' Association Poll. However, that last loss was a difficult one that saw them lose 70-51 to Sullivan.

In that game guard Jeffrey Moore rang scorched the Vikings for a season high in points.

Clay City's Elliott Booe comes in as the Eels high scorer and will get the opportunity to face off with what is an undersized group of West Vigo guards.

Only two players who get extensive playing time are over 6'0 tall which should give Booe some maneuverability in the lane and with his outside jumper. He has averaged 18 points per game over the last three games as Clay City squeaked out wins over Shakamak (55-53), North Central (59-47) and Linton (51-45).

Matt Farmer has also averaged double figures over the past couple of games, including 17 in the Linton win.

Farmer will get to match up with 6'4 post man Jared Modesitt for West Vigo and 6'3 Jordan Abrell.

The guards will be the key to the game with 5'7 Andrew Bahr, 5'6 Sean Lowe and 5'9 Pat Dillard providing much of the Vikings' offensive threat.

The Eels will also get to see one of the better players in the area on Saturday when Phil Woods and Turkey Run visit Clay City.

They currently have lost three-of-four with losses to Fountain Central, Crawfordsville and Lebanon. But the 10-8 Warriors are always a threat with Woods averaging close to 20 points per contest.

Matt Foster, though just 5'9, can score from the outside along with Woods and Josh Overpeck adds more scoring balance along with the inside play of 6'4 Grant Grimes.

The Eels have missed the scoring threat of Jared DeFore recently and must get back on track offensively after being held to only 55 points per game over the last three games. However, they've taken the ability to work for open shots to an impressive level and their defense has remained stodgy all season long, giving up just 52.1 points a game for the season.

With all three of their final regular season games being played at home the Eels will have plenty of practice heading into sectional play this season. Clay City will host their sectional this year so gaining confidence and momentum in front of their home fans will be of the utmost importance beginning this weekend.



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