For The Brazil Times
CLAY CITY -- With about four minutes left in the high school boys' basketball game Saturday night at Clay City , White River Valley 's Wolverines led by 18 points and began pulling the starters. With 90 seconds left, WRV was sending those starters back into the game to preserve a 66-59 win.
Clay City's Eels rallied from deficits of 15 points in the first half and 18 points in the second but could not get a win for homecoming queen Brandi Moore.
The Eels may be 3-12 overall, but they have obviously not given up.
"That's something we've talked about in the last couple of weeks, playing a complete game and making sure we finish them out. Last night's score (70-52 loss to North Daviess ) wasn't indicative of how hard we played. But again tonight we came out and played hard," Clay City coach Vance Edmondson said.
Clay City 's come-from behind effort was led by Logan Higgins' double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Higgins scored 11 of those points in the fourth quarter driving to the basket.
"We needed that out of him," Edmondson said.
Josh Denker scored a quiet 17 points, netting eight the first half and nine in the second.
"We needed that third guy tonight to step up on the offensive end, but I am pleased with our effort. We're just going to keep working hard in practice," Edmondson said.
The Class A 11th-ranked Wolverines were led by 6-5 center Cole Goodman with 15 points and guard Jared Shelton with 13.
What Clay City needed most Saturday night was better free throw shooting. The Eels, who hit 22 field goals to WRV's 23, hit just 8-of-17 from the free throw line.
WRV hit 14-of-22 shots from the floor in the first half off lay-ups. The Wolverines shot 59 percent (23-39) for the game. Clay City hit just 7-of-20 shots the first half and finished the game shooting 44 percent (22-50).
"With the style we play, trapping and trying to be aggressive on the defensive end, we're going to give up some (lay-ups). But we've got to take the good with the bad. We forced them into doing some bad things tonight. We forced some turnovers, sometimes we didn't capitalize on them. But with our style of play we are going to give up some lay-ups," Edmondson said.
Denker hit a 3-pointer to give Clay City its only lead of the night at 10-8 with 3:45 left in the first period. WRV closed the first period with a 10-2 run to lead 18-12 going into the second quarter.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 35-20 in the second period and led 37-23 at halftime.
Down by 14 points early in the third quarter, the Eels rallied again when D.J. Newton hit a three, Denker put back a rebound and followed with a three to bring Clay City back within eight, 41-33.
WRV's Shelton hit a 3-pointer and two free throws (from a technical foul on the Clay City bench) and the Wolverines led 52-37 going into the final period.
WRV's lead reached 58-40 with 4:34 left in the game and the visitors started substituting. When Higgins put back a rebound, coach Edmondson called timeout. WRV turned the ball over and Clay City 's Moore hit a three and again Edmondson called timeout, setting up the defense.
With just under a minute to play, Higgins got the Eels within seven points, 62-55. But WRV, who hit just 18-of-32 from the free throw line, hit enough foul shots to hold off Clay City .
Clay City will host Shakamak on Friday night.
White River Valley (66)
Dyer 1-3 1-2 3, McNeal 3-7 2-3 8, Goodman 6-8 3-4 15, Hostetter 3-4 2-2 9, Shelton 4-6 4-4 13, Roudebush 1-1 0-3 2, Hogue 3-5 2-4 8, Dove 1-2 1-2 3, Resler 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 1-3 1-5 3, Ashcraft 0-0 2-2 2, Hill 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 23-39 FG, 18-32 FT, 66 TP.
Clay City (59)
Newton 1-8 0-0 3, Higgins 9-13 2-7 21, Bridgewater 1-7 1-2 3, Tiefel 2-6 2-2 6, Denker 6-9 2-2 17, Evans 1-4 1-4 3, Decker 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jenkins 1-1 0--0 3, Moore 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-50 FG, 8-17 FT, 59 TP.
|White River Valley||18||19||15||14||--||66|
3-Pt. Goals: WRV 2-4 (Shelton 1-1, Hostetter 1-2, Sullivan 0-1), CC 7-21 (Denker 3-6, Moore 1-1, Jenkins 1-1, Higgins 1-2, Newton 1-5, Evans 0-1, Bridgewater 0-2). Totals fouls: WRV 16, CC 22. Fouled out: Bridgewater . Technical fouls: Clay City bench. Turnovers: WRV 12, CC 15. Rebounds: WRV 29 (Goodman, Roudebusch 6), CC 31 (Higgins 12). Steals: WRV 5 (Hostetter 2), CC 5 (Higgins,
Bridgewater , Tiefel, Evans, Moore ). Shooting: FG Pct. WRV .589, CC .440. 3-pt.FG Pct. WRV .500, CC .333. FT Pct. WRV .562, CC .470.
JV game: White River Valley won 35-28.
Next game -- On Friday night, Clay City (3-12, 2-3 in SWIAC) will host Shakamak and WRV (11-4, 3-1 in SWIAC) travels to Eastern Greene.