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Clay City collars visiting Bulldogs in home opener

Monday, December 5, 2005

- Eels improve to 2-0 this year

Despite a lackluster shooting performance and minimal contributions from the bench, the Clay City Eels held off Union Dugger in the second half for their second victory of the season.

Clay City improved to 2-0 on the season with the Bulldogs falling to 0-3. The Eels posted a strong showing at the foul line, knocking down 12 of 13 free throws including 6 of 7 in the fourth quarter. Union was able to put some offense together in the second half, but Clay City was able to hit enough key shots to coast to a 57-47 win.

Clay City Head Coach Grant McVay was pleased with the win, but noted he saw much room for improvement.

"We only practice for four weeks, and we're 2-0," he said. "We can talk about 'pretty' and we can talk about 'playing great basketball,' but we're in the same process other teams are going through right now. We're not being as crisp or as efficient as you'd want to."

Clay City's press confounded Union's backcourt in the first half, as the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball past mid-court. The Eels built a 29-17 by halftime despite a rash of turnovers.

"We threw the ball around pretty carelessly at times," McVay said. "Sixteen turnovers (for the game), that's 16 shots we didn't get."

The Bulldogs gathered steam as the game went on, increasing their total points in each consecutive quarter. Union forward Justin Davidson took the lead in the fourth quarter, exploding for 10 points as the Bulldogs whittled the Clay City lead to eight. But key free throws from Josie Vansickle and Garrett Thatcher staved off the Union run.

Vansickle led all scorers with 23, followed by Thatcher with 16. Davidson netted 17 for the Bulldogs.

Clay City's junior varsity squad also defeated Union to go to 2-0 on the year. The Eels held a comfortable margin throughout the game, racking up a 30-point lead with 40 seconds to play in the third. Clay City ultimately thrashed the Bulldogs' JV 64-30.

Kyler Rhodes led the Eels with 14 points, followed by Will Kennedy with 10 and Fred Modesitt with 9.

Clay City returns to action on December 9 with a home game against Bloomfield beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the JV game.

At Clay City

Clay City (57)

Vansickle 7-9 6-7 23, Thatcher 5-16 6-6 16, Griffith 3-4 0-0 6, Farmer 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Jeffers 2-2 0-0 4, Schroer 1-4 0-0 2, Modesitt 0-0 0-0 0, Shouse 0-0 0-0 0, Bettenbrock 0-0 0-0 0, Moon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-44 12-13 57

Union Dugger (47)

Justin Davisdson 7-20 2-2 17, Howard 3-3 0-1 7, Gambill 1-8 3-8 5, Alexander 2-2 2-4 6, Medley 1-4 4-4 7, VanAlstyne 1-4 1-1 3, Boyd 0-3 2-2 2, Chesterfield 0-2 0-0 0, Lucas 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Cooksey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-47 17-24 47

Clay City15141414-- 57
Union Dugger891416-- 47

3-point field goals-- CC 3-9 (Vansickle 3-4, Johnson 0-3, Thatcher 0-1, Schroer 0-1), Union 3-16 (Howard 1-1, Justin Davidson 1-6, Medley 1-2, Gambill 0-4, Boyd 0-2, Lucas 0-1). Total Rebounds-- CC 31 (Farmer 11, Thatcher 6, Vansickle 6), Union 20 (Justin Davidson 9, Gambill 4).



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