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Clay City scores TRC conference victory

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Clay City's Kevin Cook soars along the baseline for two of his 10 points in a win against Eminence on Saturday night.
CLAY CITY -- Coming off a tough road loss to rival Bloomfield on Friday night, Clay City didn't suffer much of a let down as Eminence came to call on Saturday.

Clay City rang up 45 first-half points and pulled away in the second half for an 81-62 Tri-River Conference victory.

"Pushing 25 points per quarter, that's what we wanted tonight," said Clay City coach Grant McVay of the early frenetic pace. "We thought that (Eminence) would struggle to get back in transition. Absolutely we wanted a high possession game."

McVay saw his Eels take 68 shots in the game, hitting 31 of them as Clay City scored the most points since Dec. 10 of the 2002-03 season, coincidentally, also against Eminence in an 84-60 victory.

Clay City actually trailed after the first quarter, just by a point however, as Eminence got 10 points from senior post, Bobby Stinson, and two 3-pointers from Jordan Shupe.

Kevin Cook kept Clay City close with three early buckets and Will Kennedy knocked home a 3-pointer in a 21-20 opening period.

"Kevin got us some early buckets and Orry (Heffner) had a solid weekend for us," assessed McVay. "He took some steps forward in what it takes to play at the varsity level."

The second quarter saw Clay City continue its torrid pace while Eminence cooled off.

Kyler Rhodes took over for Clay City this time around, knocking down a pair from long range as part of his eight-point quarter and Levi Seymour was a monster on the glass, grabbing six missed shots. Clay City rang up 25 points in the quarter to take a 45-34 lead at the midway point.

Eminence whittled away at the lead shortly after the half as freshman Grant Shupe scored off a rebound and Stinson added five of his 23 points.

Leading just 51-44 after Eminence junior James Lawson completed an old-fashioned three-point play, Jordan Defore sparked a 10-1 run for Clay City.

Defore made back-to-back steals and scored on a drive and then rebounded a miss from Kennedy for two more points.

Following an Eminence timeout with 3:05 left in the quarter, Clay City's Braxton Griffith hit a shot on an assist from Rhodes and Defore stole an Eminence pass and converted on a layin for a 59-44 lead.

Orry Heffner completed the run with a rebound basket that pushed the lead to 61-44.

The fourth quarter became academic for Clay City despite struggling from the free throw line (14-of-30).

Kennedy added 10 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and had 11 rebounds for the game and Heffner added two more buckets as Clay City's lead grew to the final 19-point margin.

"Kyler's '3' in the third quarter was a big boost," said McVay of his junior forward starting a key run.

"Certainly I saw some good things. I'm pleased with a lot of the contributions we got," said McVay.

Clay City got double-figures from four players and had three players grab seven-or-more rebounds in the win that moves its mark to 3-1 overall with a road trip to Cloverdale on Tuesday night.

In the JV game, Clay City cruised to a 56-18 victory and was paced by 17 from Ethan Shaw, 13 from Tyler Jenkins and 10 from Tyler Bridgewater.

At Clay City

Eminence (62)

Kukman 1-7 1-2 3, G.Shupe 1-9 4-4 6, J.Shupe 4-8 1-2 12, Ford 3-11 4-6 12, Stinson 9-16 5-10 23, Marcum 1-4 0-0 2, Lawson 1-7 2-3 4. Totals: 20-62 16-25 62.

Clay City (81)

Griffith 2-10 2-2 7, Cook 4-8 2-4 10, Kennedy 8-21 6-14 23, Rhodes 6-10 1-2 16, Seymour 1-1 3-4 5, Higgins 1-3 0-0 2, Heffner 3-4 0-0 6, Defore 6-10 0-4 12. Totals: 31-68 14-30 81.

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3-point fieldgoals -- Em 5-17 (Kukman 0-3, C.Shupe 0-1, J.Shupe 3-7, Ford 2-3, Marcum 0-3), CC 5-15 (Rhodes 3-4, Kennedy 1-4, Griffith 1-5, Defore 0-2). Total Rebounds -- Em 39 (Stinson 11), CC 49 (Kennedy 11, Seymour 9, Defore 7). Total Fouls -- Em 24, CC 21. Turnovers -- Em 19, CC 13.

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