The star of the show was Rockville sharpshooter extraordinaire Jayanna Thompson who scored 32 of her team's 45 points.
More impressive than just her point total was how she got them. Thompson hit nine 3-pointers in the game and teammate Morgan Wheeler hit two more for Rockville who only hit three two-point fieldgoals in the game.
The final score might be a little misleading as the Eels trailed just 17-14 at halftime, but it was the third quarter that was their downfall.
Thompson dropped in four from long range in the first half for 13 of her team's 17 at the break. However, the Eels did a pretty solid job on her through the first two quarters. But after the intermission, Rockville found ways to get her open looks that led her to 15 points in the third quarter alone on four 3-pointers, a two-pointer and a free throw.
Turnovers helped lead to Clay City's problems as they weren't able to control the ball on their possessions.
The Eels committed a string of early third quarter turnovers and Thompson turned a 17-16 lead into a 25-16 gap with a quick run of points that included a four-point play when she was fouled by Whitney McWilliams in the process of hitting her fifth from long range. "We just weren't able to get to our spots and get her covered," said junior varsity coach Joe Gerber after the game. "She was able to get away us and get open for shots."
McWilliams would score four of the Eels eight points in the quarter, but Rockville would drop 23 of their own in the period as Clay City's defense couldn't keep track of Thompson who was very adept at working her way through picks and screens.
The Eels went on a bit of a run of their own in the fourth quarter as McWilliams hit a shot to open the period that closed the gap to 40-24. But Thompson answered with another 3-pointer. Clay City's Bryleigh Schopmeyer got a bucket off a steal and Amber Long followed shortly after with her own 3-pointer to make the score 43-29, but it wasn't enough as Rockville kept the Eels at a distance. "It just seems like we play two or three good quarters, but one quarter always causes us problems," commented varsity assistant coach Kristy Thomann. "We've played some strong games this year against Union (Dugger) and Barr-Reeve, but we haven't been able to finish."
The Eels (0-4 overall) will face another tough team in Class A, No. 6, White River Valley on Monday at home beginning at 6 p.m.