Times Sports Editor
The Clay City girls' basketball team hits the road for tournament play following Christmas, traveling to Eastern (Greene) to compete in the Toby Yoho Tourney for the third consecutive season.
The Eels won't have quite the experience level as they have in past trips to the 12-team tourney that will take place in both the Eastern (Greene) High School gym and the middle school gym. The field is split into four different pools with three teams in each group. Each squad will play two games in pool play before being separated into the second day of action.
The Eels are in Pool B along with Brown County, which Clay City opens the tourney against at 9:30 a.m. in the middle school. The Eels will come back later in the afternoon at the high school in a match-up with unbeaten Paoli, currently ranked third in Class A.
The starting five will be completely different this season compared to the one that split four games in the tourney last season. The Eels open against a 6-4 Eagles' squad that features versatile 6'0 forward Sasha Robinson.
The Evansville commit has averaged 13.4 ppg. this season and has pulled down an impressive 11 rebounds per contest. The senior has the ability to give teams problems with her athleticism and she'll give the Eels problems with her size on the offensive glass if they let her. Clay City has continued to work as a group to rebound the ball and have shown improvement in that regard. As an added complication, the Eels will also have to contend with the Eagles' 6'0 junior Whitney Williamson, who averages a team-high 15 ppg. to go with eight rebounds a game. The weakness that both have displayed is a combined 55 percent (41-of-74) at the free throw line.
The Eels counter with a lineup that includes senior Callie Dayhuff, the glue as one of Clay City's most experienced guards. The frontcourt includes juniors Kylee Truax and Alex Wolfe. The 5'10 Wolfe is the second leading scorer on the team at 8.9 ppg. and will be key in the battle in the post against Brown County. She is joined by freshman Alisha Steward, who has stepped in to score in double figures in all but two games this season. The 5'7 athlete has averaged 11.6 ppg. and has upped that to 14 per contest over the last five games. Logan Ellinger, a 5'8 guard rounds out the lineup as she has posted 8.1 ppg.
In the afternoon contest, Clay City will see another team with size to spare as Paoli features Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College signee Kennedy Nelson. The center is one of the Rams leaders and combines with classmate Sophie Sears, who scored her 1000th career point on Dec. 4 against Lanesville. Clay City faces the Rams in a 1 p.m. contest to be played in the high school.
The Panthers are in Pool C along with Edgewood and Monrovia with Riverton Parke taking on the Mustangs in the 11:15 a.m. game at the high school.
In Pool A, Hauser (5-5) takes on the host Thunderbirds (5-4) in the 9:30 a.m. at the high school and then Forest Park (4-6) in the afternoon game at 4:30 p.m.
In Pool D, Bloomington North (4-6), which features University of Tennessee-Martin signee Shai Warfield, takes on defending tourney champion Brownstown Central (4-5) at 11:15 a.m. in the middle school. South Knox (4-5) will face the Braves in the second game at 2:45 p.m.
After the opening day of action on Thursday, play resumes on Friday with consolation and winner's brackets games starting at 9:30 a.m.
Toby Yoho Tournament @ Eastern (Greene) High School
|Dec. 27||Hauser at Eastern Greene||Eastern Greene||9:30 a.m.||Pool A|
|Dec. 27||Brown County vs. Clay City||Middle School||9:30 a.m.||Pool B|
|Dec. 27||Riverton Parke vs. Edgewood||Eastern Greene||11:15 a.m.||Pool C|
|Dec. 27||Bloomington North vs. Brownstown Central||Middle School||11:15 a.m.||Pool D|
|Dec. 27||Clay City vs. Paoli||Eastern Greene||1 p.m.||Pool B|
|Dec. 27||Hauser vs. Forest Park||Middle School||1 p.m.||Pool A|
|Dec. 27||Brownstown Central vs. South Knox||Eastern Greene||2:45 p.m.||Pool D|
|Dec. 27||Edgewood vs. Monrovia||Middle School||2:45 p.m.||Pool C|
|Dec. 27||Forest Park vs. Eastern Greene||Eastern Greene||4:30 p.m.||Pool A|
|Dec. 27||Paoli Vs. Brown County||Middle School||4:30 p.m.||Pool B|
|Dec. 27||Monrovia vs. Riverton Parke||Eastern Greene||6:15 p.m.||Pool C|
|Dec. 27||South Knox vs. Bloomington North||Middle School||6:15 p.m.||Pool D|
|Dec. 28||1||Pool A 3rd-place vs. Pool C 3rd-place||Eastern Greene||9:30 a.m.||Consolation|
|Dec. 28||2||Pool B 3rd-place vs. Pool D 3rd-place||Middle School||9:30 a.m.||Consolation|
|Dec. 28||3||Pool A 1st-place vs. Pool C 1st-place||Eastern Greene||11:15 a.m.||Consolation|
|Dec. 28||4||Pool A 2nd-place vs. Pool C 2nd-place||Middle School||11:15 a.m.||Consolation|
|Dec. 28||5||Pool B 1st-place vs. Pool D 1st-place||Eastern Greene||1 p.m.||Semifinal|
|Dec. 28||6||Pool B 2nd-place vs. Pool D 2nd-place||Middle School||1 p.m.||Semifinal|
|Dec. 28||7||Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2||Eastern Greene||3 p.m.||ninth-place|
|Dec. 28||8||Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2||Middle School||3 p.m.||11th-place|
|Dec. 28||9||Loser game 3 vs. loser game 5||Eastern Greene||5 p.m.||Third-place|
|Dec. 28||10||Loser game 4vs. loser game 6||Middle School||5 p.m.||Seventh-place|
|Dec. 28||11||Winner game 3 vs. winner game 5||Middle School||7 p.m.||Championship|
|Dec. 28||12||Winner game 4 vs. winner game 6||Eastern Greene||7 p.m.||Fifth-place|