If Tuesday's season opener versus the Union Bulldogs is any indication, the Clay City Eels could be one of the Wabash Valley's biggest surprises this year.
The Eels blasted Union 76-52 on the road, a team that had received enough votes to be listed as Class A's No. 27 ranked team by the Indiana High School Coaches' Association.
Sophomore guard Whitney McWilliams lit up Union to the tune of 24 points on, including a pair of 3-pointers. Three other Eels also hit double figures in the victory in which the Eels scored more than 20 points higher than in any other regulation game last year.
Union was led by Stacey Secrest who hit for 21 points. She included a pair of 3-pointers of her own.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start on the night as Clay City pulled out to a 17-6 lead after one period. McWilliams hit both of her long range shots in the quarter.
Brittany Rood would score six of her 10 points in the second period as the Eels led 34-20 at halftime.
McWilliams caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 13 points in the period as the Eels put away the Bulldogs with a 26 point quarter. Cameron Gerber scored six of her 11 points in the period. Kasi Thatcher scored 10 points in the game and freshman Sarah Kennedy scored nine for the Eels. Heather Johnson added seven and Bryleigh Schopmeyer scored five points for the Eels (1-0).
The Eels will face Eminence on Friday night with the junior varsity game beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Clay City junior varsity also won on Tuesday night as the Eels downed the Bulldogs 40-10 behind Kelsey Gerber's 14 points.