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Clay City girls capture Eagle Holiday Tournament

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Angie Camp cuts down a share of the championship net following Clay City's title game win over North Vermillion.

Times Sports Editor

GREENCASTLE -- There were smiles all around at South Putnam High School on Saturday afternoon.

Clay City's girls earned the right to snip down the nets after posting a championship game victory over North Vermillion, 48-40, to win the Eagle Holiday Tourney. Earlier in the morning, Clay City downed Shakamak 45-37 to punch their ticket to the title game.

After 16 days between games, coach Keith Jones was happy to see his team respond strongly to post two wins in one afternoon.

"This feels pretty good. I was a little concerned about our conditioning because we gave the girls a lot of days off, but I firmly believe that Christmas is a time to be with family," said Jones

There was plenty of family on hand to see the Eels overcome a four-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Clay City players show off the trophy ball following the win. (Pictured front row from left) Angie Camp, Mardi Steiner, Emily Reed, Lydia Farmer and Britney Glass. (Back row from left) Chelsea Withrow, Ashley Seymour, Haley Bryan, Chantel Narlock, Shelby Targett and Lindsey Hughbanks.
Mardi Steiner kicked off a 16-1 run to open the quarter with two free throws and the Eels countered an effective Falcon's defensive trap with a press of their own.

The result was the eventual game-winning defensive stand that left the Falcon's reeling after a two-for-14 shooting performance in the final period.

"We decided to press them and I think that woke us up," said Jones of his team overcoming the deficit in the final period. "I wanted to wait before using it, but our girls don't like to lose."

A rebound basket from junior Britney Glass gave the Eels the lead for good at 36-35 and the Falcon's turned the ball over at mid-court before Lydia Farmer sank a jumper from the left side.

Steiner and Glass then cornered Falcon's Derryn Axtell, tying the ball up to force a jump ball situation that returned possession to the Eels. Farmer hit another jumper to push the lead to 40-35.

Following a missed shot from North Vermillion, senior Emily Reed rode the momentum, receiving a cross-court pass from Angie Camp, then calmly sinking her only 3-pointer of the game for an eight-point lead and forcing a Falcon's timeout.

North Vermillion never recovered.

Whitney Davis, who led her team with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, fouled out with 3:57 remaining. Most importantly for Clay City, Davis' fifth foul also sent the Falcons' best perimeter shooter to the bench.

Leading 44-35, Camp missed the second of two free throws, but rebounded her own miss and scored to cap a 14-0 Eels' run that virtually sank North Vermillion's title hopes.

Hillary Lively scored and Taylor Poynter added a free throw to narrow the lead to 46-38 with 2:03 left, but Falcons couldn't muster any more offense before a jumper by Bethany Chew in the final second.

Camp had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the team in both statistics and Glass added 12 and Steiner contributed nine points as Clay City hit 16-of-33 from the field and 14-of-19 from the line.

In the opening win over the Lakers, the Eels overcame a 19-5 second quarter run by the Lakers, outscoring Shakamak 27-14 in the second half for the win.

Reed had a team-high 15 points and Glass added 10 for Clay City.

As the nets were coming down following the championship game, Jones commented on the implications of the win.

"I'm really excited for these girls. Clay City girls' basketball has never won anything and now, no one can take this away from these girls."

With the wins, Clay City improves to 9-3 on the season and will travel to Cloverdale on Jan. 5 for an 11:30 a.m. contest with the Clovers.

South Putnam Holiday Classic

Championship Game

Clay City 48, North Vermillion 40

Clay City (48)

Glass 4-8 4-6 12, Reed 1-5 0-0 3, Steiner 2-6 4-5 9, Farmer 5-8 0-0 10, Camp 4-6 6-8 14, Targett 0-0 0-0 0, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Narlock 0-0 0-0 0, Seymour 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-33 14-19 48.

N.Vermillion (40)

Axtell 2-3 0-0 4, Davis 5-8 2-3 15, K.Yoho 0-6 0-0 0, West 3-8 0-0 6, Poynter 1-7 1-2 3, Lively 4-12 2-4 5-9 10, Chew 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 16-47 5-9 40.

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3-point fieldgoals -- CC 2-5 (Reed 1-3, Steiner 1-2), NV 3-10 (Davis 3-6, West 0-3, Axtell 0-1). Total Rebounds -- CC 28 (Camp 9, Glass 7), NV 23 (Lively 5). Total Fouls -- CC 9, NV 16. Fouled out -- NV (Davis). Turnovers -- CC 24, NV 17.

First Round

Clay City 45, Shakamak 37

Clay City (45)

Camp 3 2-5 8, Farmer 3 0-0 6, Glass 5 0-1 10, Steiner 2 1-3 6, Reed 6 2-2 15, Targett 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 5-11 45.

Shakamak (37)

Fougerousse 1 0-0 3, Crosby 2 0-0 4, Gilbert 2 2-2 6, Pearson 2 2-3 6, Holdaway 0 2-2 2, Collins 5 4-6 16. Totals: 12 10-13 37.

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3-point fieldgoals -- CC 2 (Reed, Steiner), SH 3 (Collins 2, Fougerousse). Total Fouls -- CC 12, SH 10.

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Way to go Eels. It just goes to show what a little team play, good attitudes, effort, and unselfishness will do. Stay focused the rest of the year girls. You're doing great.

-- Posted by Jed on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 9:02 AM

Way to go girls! Can't wait to see all of you and tell you myself.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 6:53 PM

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