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Patriots keep streak alive at Clay City

Feb. 10—A battle between the two hottest high school boys basketball teams in the Wabash Valley went to Terre Haute North on Saturday night as the Patriots defeated Clay City 54-41 in the Eel Dome.

The host Eels came out inspired and had a 14-9 lead after one quarter. Kavish Reddy had all nine of North's points.

But North held its hosts to just three second-quarter points, led 24-17 at intermission and pulled away from there.

"That's a very tough place to play," coach Todd Woelfle of the Patriots said after the game. "Our guys faced a lot of adversity throughout the game but found a way to win.

"We played three games in five days, and the guys toughed it out tonight," continued Woelfle, whose team is now 19-3 and has won 16 in a row. "I'm very proud of the way they handled themselves and continue to get better every day."

Reddy finished with a game-high 20 points for North while Kam Baker added 10, including two big 3-pointers in the second-quarter turnaround. Jack Halls, Cam Fennell and Braden Walters added eight, eight and seven points respectively.

Clay City's two big men, Ethan Edwards and Zain Keller, had 11 of the Eels' 14 first-quarter points but were limited after that, Edwards with 11 points and Keller nine. Freshman Dailon Keller added eight for the Eels, all in the fourth quarter.

Clay City had a nine-game winning streak snapped and is now 16-4. The Eels will host another emotional game Friday against Northview, while Terre Haute North hosts Evansville Harrison next Saturday.