CLAY CITY -- There were two close games in the opening round of the Clay City girls sectional. In the first game Bloomfield edged out a tough Shakamak team 38-34.
In game two the host Clay City Lady Eels would hope to advance in the sectional by beating a very aggressive White River Valley team. The Lady Eels would be the visiting team on their home court.
Early in the first quarter the Eels would find themselves up 7-3, But the basket would seal shut for the rest of the opening period.
For the remaining three minutes of the quarter the Eels would not hit a basket or free throw allowing the Wolverines to take the lead with 10 seconds left to go in the first.
The second quarter would find the Lady Eels fighting back and at the 4:37 mark in the period, Whitney McWilliams would sink a 3-pointer to tie the game up at 14-apiece.
The rest of the half was a defensive battle and they would be tied at 18 at the half.
Third quarter action would find the Lady Eels falling behind. The Eels fought hard to get back in the game, but the Lady Wolverines would continue with full court pressure The result was turnovers and missed shots by Clay City and at the end of three Clay City trailed 33-28.
Clay City would find themselves down seven early in the fourth quarter, but would fight back one more time to trail by two with about three minutes to go in the game but some key baskets and forced turnovers by the Wolverines would allow them to hold off the host Eels.
With the victory, White River Valley will move on to face Bloomfield on Friday night.
Clay City Lady Eels 40
WRV Wolverines 46
Clay City Eels (40)
McWilliams 4-15 2-2 12, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Schopmeyer 2-5 2-4 6, B. Rood 3-4 0-0 6, Gerber 5-8 2-2 12 Thatcher 0-1 0-0 0, Kennedy 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 16-38 6-8 40.
WRV Wolverines (46)
Summit 2-9 0-2 4, Lammert 2-4 2-2 7, Dyer 1-7 2-6 4, Capehart 4-19 2-2 13, Miller 5-9 5-8 17, Williams 0-5 1-4 1. Totals: 14-53 12-24 46.
3-Pointers -- Clay City 2-4 ( McWilliams 2-3, Schopmeyer 0-1). WRV 6-11 (Lammert 1-1, Capehart 3-7, Miller 2-3). Rebounds Clay City 20 ( Kennedy 8, Thatcher 3)
WRV 20 ( lammert 6, Capehart 6). Fouls -- Clay City 19, WRV 14. Turnovers Clay City 21, WRV 6