GREENCASTLE -- Clay City's High School Varsity boys' basketball team dropped its overall record to 4-7 after Tuesday night's 66-41 loss to South Putnam.
"I really felt excited about tonight. I thought we had a good game plan to expose their weakness", Eels Head Coach Grant McVay said.
They had a rough time with the eagles defense right from the start of the game. The Eels had difficulty penetrating the Eagles defense and were not allowed to take many inside shots. They also gave up three three-point shots to South Putnam out of their first seven possessions.
"We took away their inside game and we knew they had some really good shooters and we needed to have them covered", McVay said.
The Eels were only allowed nine shots in the first half of the game and they only hit five of them. The Eels were able to make up for not being allowed many shots, by drawing fouls from the Eagles postmen and hitting their free throws.
Garrett Thatcher led the Eels in scoring in the first half, shooting 4-of-4 from the field and going 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. Going into the half, the Eels were down 37-21.
The Eels started to make a come-back at the start of the second half by stopping five out the six first possessions that the Eagles had, but later gave up five of the Eagles' last six possessions at the end of the third quarter. The Eels were able to get within 12 points the of Eagles midway through the third quarter, but that was as close as they came for the rest of the game.
"We stopped their first five out six possessions and then turned around and gave up five out of the last six and that is just a lack of mental concentration", McVay said. "I can handle the mistakes we make, but I can't handle just giving up on effort".
Thatcher led the Eels with 17 points and Brock Dyer followed up with eight.
Kyle Romas pitched in six from behind the arc. Thomas Roeschlein and Josey Vansickle each had four points. Logan Bettenbrock chipped in two points.
In junior varsity action the Eels (4-3) lost 44-36.
Clay City (41)
Thatcher 10 7-9 17, Dyer 6 2-2 8, Romas 6 0-0 6, Roeschlein 2 2-4 4, Vansickle 3 1-2 4, Bettenbrock 0 2-3 2, Griffith 0 0-0 0, Jeffers 0 0-0 0, Schroer 0 0-0 0, Farmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 FG, 14-20 FT, TP 41.
South Putnam (66)
Chestnut 15 2-2 17, Hicks 14 0-1 14, Beasor 9 0-0 9, Roberts 8 0-0 8, Hassler 8 0-0 8, Anderson 6 0-0 6, Christy 2 1-2 3, Mckee 0 1-2 1, McKinney 0 0-0 0. Totals 26, FT 3-5, TP 66.
At South Putnam
3-pt. FG -- South Putnam 5 (Chestnut 5), Clay City 4 (Romas 2 Dyer 2). Total Fouls -- SP 13, CC 9. Fouled Out -- None.
Junior Varsity -- Clay City lost 44-36
Next Game -- Clay City faces Eastern Greene at home on Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.