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Eels can't handle hot shooting Clovers in Tuesday loss

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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Stephen Johnson (shooting) scored 14 in a loss.

CLOVERDALE -- The Clay City Eels ran into the proverbial buzzsaw at Cloverdale High School on Tuesday night.

Through three quarters, the Cloverdale Clovers shot 61 percent from the floor, including 10-of-18 from 3-point range, while handing the Eels a 68-49 loss.

Clay City coach Grant McVay could not fault the Eels' effort after their first loss of the season.

"I thought we really competed at a high level and, really, a lot of that has to do with competing mentally. If you're competing mentally, physically you're probably going to do things to the best of your ability," McVay said.

"We probably executed our game plan as well as I could ask for at this time of year. [Cloverdale] hit shots. I felt very pleased with our kids in terms of our effort, our defensive positioning."

Clay City [3-1] shot 46 percent from the floor, led by Stephen Johnson and Josey Vansickle with 14 points each. Garrett Thatcher scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Cloverdale [4-1] was led by all-state candidate Chase Haltom with 25 points and Kyle McCammon with 18.

Cloverdale broke the game open, building a 21-point lead, by outscoring Clay City 27-9 over a 10-minute period.

Clay City's Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 2:07 left in the first half, cutting Cloverdale's lead to 32-29. Clay City didn't score again until 4:03 in the third period when Vansickle hit a two and a free-throw. By that time Cloverdale led 43-32.

Cloverdale hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor in the third quarter, while Clay City hit just 4-of-12. The Clovers led 59-38 going into the final period.

"I thought it was a quality win for us," Cloverdale coach Pat Rady said.

In junior varsity play, Clay City remained undefeated with a 55-38 win over Cloverdale. Jordan Defore led the Eels with 12 points and Fred Modesitt had 11. Cloverdale was paced by Aaron Dayhuff. Clay City travels to Vincennes Rivet on Friday night.

CLAY CITY (49)

Griffith 3-5 0-0 6, Thatcher 5-11 3-3 13, Farmer 0-1 0-0 0, Vansickle 6-13 1-1 14, Johnson 5-11 0-0 14, Bettenbrock 0-0 0-0 0, Schroer 1-1 0-0 2, Jeffers 0-0 0-0 0, Shouse 0-0 0-0 0, Modesitt 0-1 0-0 0, Moon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 FG, 4-4 FT, 49 TP.

CLOVERDALE (68)

McCammon 5-9 4-4 18, Trinkle 0-0 0-0 0, Lovins 2-3 1-1 5, Neese 3-5 2-3 10, Haltom 9-15 3-4 25, Cheatham 2-4 2-4 6, Dean 0-0 0-0 0, Blair 1-3 0-0 2, Faletic 0-0 0-0 0, Cooper 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 22-40 FG, 14-18 FT, 68 TP.

Clay City 1415 9 11-- 49
Cloverdale 19 16 24 9-- 68

3 Pt. Goals: Clay City 5-14 (Johnson 4-6, Vansickle 1-6, Griffith 0-1, Modesitt 0-1), Cloverdale 10-18 (McCammon 4-6, Haltom 4-8, Neese 2-3, Blair 0-1). Total fouls: Clay City 15, Cloverdale 8. Rebounds: Clay City 22 (Thatcher 8), Cloverdale 23 (Lovins, Haltom 5). Turnovers: Clay City 11, Cloverdale 5.

JV game: Clay City 55 (Defore 12, Modesitt 11), Cloverdale 38 (Dayhoff 11).

Next game -- On Friday, Clay City (3-1) plays at Vincennes Rivet and

Cloverdale (4-1) travels to Monrovia. Make-up date: Bloomfield will play at Clay City on Feb. 4.



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