As boys basketball practices got underway on Monday afternoon, their female counterparts are already in the thick of their practice schedule in preparations for scrimmage action.
For the Clay City girls, their scrimmage versus North Central that was scheduled for this evening has been canceled, but the Eels will have an intersquad scrimmage on Friday night. Spirit Night will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and will also feature a scrimmage contest between members of the boys' teams.
For the Northview girls, Saturday will begin their season with a Jamboree format scrimmage at Terre Haute South High School at 1:30 p.m.
The Lady Knights will join the host Braves, Terre Haute North Patriots and West Vigo Vikings in action.
Coach Bob Medworth believes his squad is shaping up well thus far. "The kids are really working hard. Last week I think we had some of the best practices since I've been here."
The Knights return a deep and experienced team from last year after losing just two players to graduation.
"At the varsity level we have eight or nine kids who can contribute," said Medworth. "We're emphasizing uptempo defense so we're keying on getting in shape to play uptempo as much as possible."
Down Interstate 59, Clay City coach Chris Ross begins his year with a squad that also graduated just two players from a youthful squad that has an extra year of experience.
Both teams will begin their regular season in one week with key road contests that will give their coaches an idea of where they stand in their preparation.
The Lady Knights will travel to Mooresville to face a Pioneer team that defeated them 83-52 in the season opener, but just 50-31 in the sectional on their way to a 21-3 mark. Northview ended their season with a 15-7 mark and the WIC title.
For the Eels, they will visit Union (Dugger) in their opener on Tuesday night after concluding a disappointing 3-16 record last year.