"Frustrating, just frustrating." Clay City Coach Grant McVay couldn't have said it any better after his Eels suffered a 47-42 loss to the Bloomfield Cardinals on Friday night.
The Eels and Cards both had a slow start scoring just five points apiece in the first quarter with Clay City shooting a dreadful 25% from the floor and Roger Harden being the only Eel with a score. Bloomfield opened the 2nd quarter with a 10-0 run that eventually led to a 23-15 advantage at the half.
But as the 2nd half kicked off the the Eels had a 11-2 run of their own sparked by Elliott Booe's six straight points and concluded by Landon Wellman's five.
All the same it was still not enough as they went into the 4th trailing by six.
As the fourth quarter clock ran, finally Clay City was able to to get within one point with about three minutes left in the game.
Bloom-field, taking advantage of the shot clock, or lack of one, would try to keep possession of the ball the rest of the way until an amazing steal by Harden that led to several desperate, unsuccessful shots at a tie.
Jon Neill and Corey Sparks each had 12 for the Cardinals who came with a very balanced attack. Elliot Booe led the Eels with 13 points and Roger Harden pitched in 11. Only five Eels scored. With the loss, Clay City is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in their conference.
Although the varsity lost it was not altogether a bad night as J.V. won 39-34 with Clay Jones scoring 11 points and T.L. Roeschlein scoring nine.
Clay City will be at home on Tuesday facing Cloverdale, junior varsity begins at 6 p.m.