Clay City eighth grader Spenser Barrett drives to the basket during the Eels win over South Putnam.
- Eighth grade now 9-1
CLAY CITY -- Clay City's junior high basketball team had mixed results in their first game's after the holiday break.
The eighth grade squad used a 15-0 run after halftime to pull away to a 44-15 victory over visiting South Putnam to improve to 9-1 this season. The seventh grade Eagles shutout Clay City in the third quarter and held off a late challenge for a 27-21 win over the Eels.
In the eighth grade contest, Bill Newton scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first half and South Putnam was unable to solve the Eels' pressure on the perimeter and inside presence.
Newton and Jacob Payne controlled the paint, with Payne pulling down five boards and tallying six points and Logan Higgins grabbed six rebounds as well.
Eight different Eels scored in the game with Higgins adding four and Tyler Jenkins knocking down a 3-pointer in the win.
The seventh grade team nearly overcame a 12 point fourth quarter deficit, getting within 23-21 on a 3-pointer from Austin Sinders but the Eagles got a couple of key rebounds to finish the victory.
Clay City struggled with turnovers in the game and South Putnam got a pair of second quarter 3-pointers from Grant Zimmerman to overcome an 8-2 deficit after the first quarter. In the final period, Grafe, Kyle Yocom, Shaw and Sinders got the Eels back in the game before the Eagles made their closing run.
Sinders had seven points in the loss and Kyle Grafe had six for Clay City along with Ethan Shaw.
The Eels will be back in action on Thursday at Carlisle at 6 p.m.