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Knights and Eels prepare for pivotal hoops matchups

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Clay City's Dustin Griffith (center) fires a shot during a game earlier this season. He scored four points in Friday's game.

Both the Clay City boys and Northview girls have difficult matchups this evening on their homecourts.

The Eels, coming off a difficult road loss to the Class A second-ranked Bloomfield Cardinals, don't have much of a reprieve as they host unbeaten Cloverdale tonight.

Clay City looks to build on an eight-game winning streak versus Cloverdale, going all the way back to the 1995-96 season in which the Clovers took home a 68-61 victory. Since then, the Eels have taken control of the series, winning by an average of 11 points per contest. However, since a 38 point win in the 2000 season, the Eels have won by just 4.5 ppg. including a two-overtime, one point win two years ago and a three point win last year.

Former Terre Haute South coach and Bainbridge graduate, Pat Rady, is the head coach at Cloverdale now and has led the Clovers to a 5-0 start heading into this evening's contest.

Cloverdale is led by high-scoring guard, Chase Haltom who has rang up 34 and 25 points in his last two games and Kyle McCammon who tallied 13 against Riverton Parke in the Clovers game on Saturday.

The Clovers also get solid scoring ability from Ryan Welty (10 ppg. last two games) and also have shown the ability to win close games, beating Riverton Parke by five and rival Greencastle by six on Friday night.

The Eels meanwhile look to rebound after being thumped by Bloomfield by 22 points on Friday evening.

A very disciplined and efficient Bloomfield offense hit 62 percent of their shots from the field (23-of-37) and scored 24 points off Clay City turnovers.

The Eels got 13 points from forward Garrett Thatcher in the game but will need a solid offensive and defensive effort from their guards if they are going to contain Cloverdale's perimeter game.

Haltom has nine 3-pointers over the past two games and Clay City allowed nine 3-pointers versus the Cardinals on Friday.

For the Northview girls who get a rematch with Vigo County rival Terre Haute North, the Knights hope to gain a measure of consistency after winning just two of their past six games.

The Patriots have improved markedly since the Knights beat them 46-43 in the seminal contest of the Hi-99 Clabber Girl Classic.

North has gone 3-3 in that span but can boast that they've played a rough schedule with their losses coming to Bloomington North and South along with Center Grove with their wins over Sullivan, Mooresville and Vincennes. Their losses have come against teams with a combined record of 21-4 with wins over teams with a combined mark of 13-14.

Northview center Julie Whitted rocked the Patriots with a 27 point, 20 rebound effort in their last matchup while the Knights held top North scorer, Molly Williams to just five-of-21 shooting. The Patriots as a team shot a horrendous 16-of-62 (26 percent).

The Knights can't count on another terrible shooting night from North and must handle the ball better then they have lately. They turned the ball over nearly twice as many times as the Patriots did in the last matchup (19-10) and must get good looks at the basket on their trips down the floor.

This contest could be pivotal as Northview's schedule doesn't get much easier with a visit from Edgewood (3-7) followed by road trips to Greencastle (8-1) and Owen Valley (6-3).

The Clay City Eels will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. and the Knights face off at 6 p.m.

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