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Clay City lets one get away vs. Cougars

Friday, January 27, 2012

Blake Cesinger (No. 24) had six points and five rebounds for the Eels on Friday night. [Order this photo]

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CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels may look back on their loss to the Class A No. 8-ranked North Daviess Cougars as the big one that got away.

The unranked Eels played like they should be while losing a 38-37 nail biter to the Cougars with 2.6 seconds left on the game.

"We definitely played better tonight, but I felt like we let it give away. Maybe we can take something out of this and get better," Clay City coach Vance Edmondson said.

North Daviess ' Conner Wikle hit the first of two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to give the Cougars the victory.

Clay City (9-6) was led by Ben Denker and Brylan Jones with 11 points each.

In a ceremony prior to the game, IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox presented Clay City with the Sportsmanship Award. Coaches of the Clay City sports teams were introduced.

It took North Davies two minutes and 27 seconds to get off the first shot of the contest against Clay City 's strong man-to-man defense. But the Cougars slipped out to a 9-0 lead.

Clay City responded with a 12-1 run to take a 12-10 lead on a Blake Cesinger steal and lay up with 7:10 left in the first half. The Eels extended that run to 20-4, going ahead 20-13 when Brylan Jones netted two points with 2:05 left in the opening half.

Clay City (9-6) led 20-17 at halftime and still led 33-28 going into the fourth quarter. Denker hit three 3-point baskets and two free throws for the Eels in the third quarter.

Clay City shot 56 percent (13-23) from the floor for the game, but was 0-4 in the fourth quarter. The Eels only points came on 4-6 free throw shooting.

"We can't have fourth quarters where we score four points," Edmondson said.

North Daviess ' Alex Wittmer tied the game 36-36 with five minutes to play and it remained a one-point game to the final buzzer.

"We let it get away. We've just got to be mentally tougher," Edmondson said.

In the junior varsity game, North Daviess prevailed 41-31. Evan Rogers led Clay City with 10 points.

The Eels get another chance to improve on tonight when they celebrate homecoming against White River Valley, 9-4 after losing to Loogootee on Friday.

North Daviess (38) -- Steffy 1-2 -0-0 2, Nugent 4-4 4-7 13, W. Lengacher 2-6 0-0 4, Lawyer 0-2 0-0 0, Wikle 3-5 3-6 9, Byrer 1-1 0-0 2, Wittmer 2-4 4-4 8, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-34 FG, 11-17 FT 38 TP.

Clay City (37) -- Cesinger 3-5 0-0 6, Allen 1-3 1-2 3, Jones 4-6 3-4 11, Tiefel 2-3 2-2 6, Denker 3-6 2-2 11, Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Harbour 0-0 0-0 0, Buell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-23 FG, 8-10 FT, 38 TP.

North Daviess1071110-38
Clay City812134-37

3-Pt. Goals: ND 1-6 (Nugent 1-1, Wittmer -0-1, Lawyer -0-1, Wikle 0-1, W. Lengacher 0-2), CC 3-5 (Denker 3-4, Cesinger 0-1). Total fouls: ND 14, CC 14. Fouled out: Cesinger. Total rebounds: ND 13 (W. Lengacher 4), CC 17 (Cesinger 5). Turnovers: ND 7, CC 9. Steals: ND ND 2 (Steffy, Wittmer), CC 4 (Cesinger 2).

JV game: North Daviess 41, Clay City 31.

Next game: Clay City (9-6) will play at home Saturday against White River Valley (9-4).