When your defense struggles their is generally a corresponding negative effect on the win column and Clay City is seeing just that right now.
The Eels lost their third straight girls game on Monday night, dropping a 68-59 decision to North Daviess on the road.
The Eels have allowed over 74 points a game over the streak including allowing 80 to No. 3 ranked Bloomfield last week.
In Monday's contest, the Eels allowed just 26 first half points and led 31-26 at the halfway point. However, it was the second half offensive explosion that cost the Eels.
North Daviess came out after the half and outscored the Eels 17-9 in the third quarter, including three of their six 3-pointers in the game.
Still, the Eels trailed just 43-40 heading into the final quarter but despite scoring 17 themselves, the Cougars blew up for 25 points themselves. North Daviess went 15-of-17 from the free throw line, 18-of-24 for the game, and held off the Eels at the end.
Clay City hit just eight-of-14 from the line themselves and had starter Sarah Kennedy foul out late and had key contributor Mardi Steiner in foul trouble with four.
The Eels did get perhaps their most balanced offensive effort with three players in double-figures and five with eight or more points.
Kennedy led the squad in scoring with 12 points followed by Angie Camp with 11 and Whitney McWilliams with 10. Steiner hit a pair of fourth quarter 3-pointers as part of her eight points and Kristen Tyler added eight. Chelsee Gerber and Chelsea Riggs had four points each.
Next up for the Eels is a home contest on Thursday against Sullivan, 6 p.m.