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Clay City girls ready for 12-team Toby Yoho Tourney

Friday, December 21, 2012

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Clay City freshman Alisha Steward (No. 5) averages in double-figures for the Eels this season. [Order this photo]
By CAREY FOX

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.

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Eels' senior Callie Dayhuff leads Clay City into tourney play beginning Dec. 27 with a match-up with Brown County. [Order this photo]
Riverton Parke comes in as the prohibitive favorite considering an 11-1 mark and a No. 7 ranking in Class A. The Panthers also have a University of Evansville commit in senior Sara Dickey, who averages 23.5 ppg. and 6.2 rpg. to go along with nearly five steals per game. Her classmates include Paige Yando (16.7 ppg., 8 rpg and three steals) and Makenzie Pollard (7.3 ppg., three steals and four steals) and sophomore Rachel Austin, who posts 6.3 ppg.

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

DateScheduleLocationTimeRound
Dec. 27Hauser at Eastern GreeneEastern Greene9:30 a.m.Pool A
Dec. 27Brown County vs. Clay CityMiddle School9:30 a.m.Pool B
Dec. 27Riverton Parke vs. EdgewoodEastern Greene11:15 a.m.Pool C
Dec. 27Bloomington North vs. Brownstown CentralMiddle School11:15 a.m.Pool D
Dec. 27Clay City vs. PaoliEastern Greene1 p.m.Pool B
Dec. 27Hauser vs. Forest ParkMiddle School1 p.m.Pool A
Dec. 27Brownstown Central vs. South KnoxEastern Greene2:45 p.m.Pool D
Dec. 27Edgewood vs. MonroviaMiddle School2:45 p.m.Pool C
Dec. 27Forest Park vs. Eastern GreeneEastern Greene4:30 p.m.Pool A
Dec. 27Paoli Vs. Brown CountyMiddle School4:30 p.m.Pool B
Dec. 27Monrovia vs. Riverton ParkeEastern Greene6:15 p.m.Pool C
Dec. 27South Knox vs. Bloomington NorthMiddle School6:15 p.m.Pool D
DateGameScheduleLocationTimeRound
Dec. 281Pool A 3rd-place vs. Pool C 3rd-placeEastern Greene9:30 a.m.Consolation
Dec. 282Pool B 3rd-place vs. Pool D 3rd-placeMiddle School9:30 a.m.Consolation
Dec. 283Pool A 1st-place vs. Pool C 1st-placeEastern Greene11:15 a.m.Consolation
Dec. 284Pool A 2nd-place vs. Pool C 2nd-placeMiddle School11:15 a.m.Consolation
Dec. 285Pool B 1st-place vs. Pool D 1st-placeEastern Greene1 p.m.Semifinal
Dec. 286Pool B 2nd-place vs. Pool D 2nd-placeMiddle School1 p.m.Semifinal
Dec. 287Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2Eastern Greene3 p.m.ninth-place
Dec. 288Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2Middle School3 p.m.11th-place
Dec. 289Loser game 3 vs. loser game 5Eastern Greene5 p.m.Third-place
Dec. 2810Loser game 4vs. loser game 6Middle School5 p.m.Seventh-place
Dec. 2811Winner game 3 vs. winner game 5Middle School7 p.m.Championship
Dec. 2812Winner game 4 vs. winner game 6Eastern Greene7 p.m.Fifth-place