Left: Austin Sinders and the Clay City seventh grade was victorious over Linton on Thursday evening.
Right: Clay City eighth grade basketball coach Rodney Smith discusses late-game strategy with his team during a fourth quarter time out. The Eels cruised to a 59-38 victory.
The Clay City eighth-grade boys basketball team notched an authoritative victory over the Linton Miners Thursday.
Coach Rodney Smith's squad staved off Linton's second-quarter surge en route to a 59-38 victory. The win improved the Eels' record to 3-0 on the season.
An offensive one-two punch of forward Bill Newton and center Jacob Payne proved too much for the Miners, whose offense struggled to gain momentum for most of the game. Newton led the way for the Eels, netting 31 of their 59 total points, while Payne overcame early foul trouble to contribute 16 points.
The seventh-grade Eels also improved to a 3-0, overcoming a second-half skid on the way to a 36-27 win. Ethan Shaw led the way for Coach Jared Defore's seventh-grade squad with 12 points, followed by Tyler Bridgewater and Kyle Grafe with 11 each.
The Eels will face Eastern at home on Monday night at 6 p.m.