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Friday, February 13, 2004

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Clay City senior Camrand Tucker goes up for two of his 14 points in Thursday night's win over North Central. Tucker also added 10 boards for the 11-6 Eels.

FARMERSBURG -- Experience is a luxury that the Clay City Eels have had all season long. On Thursday night they used a starting lineup consisting of five seniors to dominate the host North Central squad to the tune of a 73-46 Eels' win.

Clay City got 63 points from their starting seniors and pummeled the Thunderbirds on the glass, outrebounding the hosts 49-17. The discrepancy was most apparent in the second quarter in which Clay City outscored North Central 13-4, picking up five offensive rebounds and a seven to two advantage in second chance points.

For the quarter, Clay City outscored North Central 15-4 to extend their lead to 34-18 at halftime.

"Certainly I'm pleased with the rebounding tonight," commented Eels' coach Grant McVay. "The kids really attacked the glass. Roger (Harden), Cam(rand) Tucker and Brock (Roberts) really did a good job on the boards for us tonight."

Brock Roberts got the Eels off to a quick start in the first quarter with 11 points and a trio of 3-point shots to push his squad out to a narrow 19-14 advantage through one period. North Central was able to hit seven-of-16 shots (44 percent) in the quarter before the Eels clamped down defensively in the second quarter.

North Central was limited to just two-of-nine shooting from the field in period two and forced eight turnovers. In turn, the Eels scored 10 points off those turnovers to take a comfortable lead.

The Eels wouldn't look back in the second half. Four Clay City players scored three or more points in the quarter as each squad pushed the ball up the court.

Clay City would still get the best of North Central on the scoreboard, scoring 23 points and hitting 68 percent of their shots in the second half.

"We definitely have a lot of things to be pleased about," commented McVay. "Sometimes its hard to get in the proper mindset to play on a Thursday night. But we came out and I thought we played very well."

The Eels extended their lead to more than 30 points in the fourth quarter and were able to get their reserves several minutes of time to close the contest.

Roger Harden tallied a double-double for the Eels along with Camrand Tucker.

Harden added 15 rebounds to 12 points and Tucker had 14 points and 10 boards. Roberts led the team in scoring with 18 points to go with eight rebounds and Jared Defore scored 15 points.

Clay City moves to 11-6 this season overall and 4-0 in the Tri-River Conference and hosts Linton on Tuesday night.


In the junior varsity game, the Eels got off to a quick start, leading 15-3 after one period and held on for a 42-37 victory.

Garrett Thatcher scored 13 points for Clay City and both Stephen Johnson and Kyle Romas added eight points. Klay Knox added six points for the Eels.

CLAY CITY (73)

Tucker 6-9 2-2 14, Jones 2-6 0-2 4, Defore 6-14 3-4 15, Harden 5-10 2-2 12, Roberts 7-14 0-0 18, Roeschlein 0-1 0-0 0, Wells 1-2 1-2 3, Dyer 0-0 3-4 3, Thatcher 1-1 0-0 2, Griffith 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 28-57 13-18 73

North Central (46)

R. Gilman 0-2 0-0 0, Spencer 6-14 2-3 14, Samm 3-7 2-3 9, Arnold 3-8 0-0 6, A.Gilman 3-8 0-0 6, Austin 0-0 0-0 0, Deal 0-1 1-2 1, Nickless -2 0-0 2, Metheny 1-1 0-0 2, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0, Winters 0-2 0-0 0, Woodard 3-6 0-0 6, Drake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20-53 5-8 46.

Clay City19152316-- 73
N.Central144199-- 46

3-point fieldgoals -- Clay City 4-13 (Roberts 4-8, Defore 0-3, Jones 0-2), N.Central 1-9 (Samm 1-2, Arnold 0-3, Jordan 0-1, A.Gilman 0-1, R.Gilman 0-1, Spencer 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Clay City 49 (Harden 15, Tucker 10, Roberts 8), N.Central 17 (Samm 5). Total Fouls -- Clay City 6, N.Central 15. Turnovers -- Clay City 19, N.Central 15.



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