Clay City's Angie Camp (#20) drives to the basket for two of her eight points.
ROCKVILLE -- The Clay City girls basketball team learned the hard way on Friday night that they needed to play four quarters to earn a victory against Barr Reeve. They didn't need a second tutorial when they faced Rockville on Monday, closing out a 52-36 victory in the final period.
"We never got things together at Barr-Reeve and didn't finish," commented Coach Keith Jones of his Eels' squad. "We were able to get up and down better (Monday). We were trying to pick it up on them."
In fact, it was the quicker pace that the Eels used in the fourth quarter that finally sealed the deal versus the Rox.
After jumping out to a 28-20 advantage at halftime and extending that to 12 points in the third quarter, the Rox came back to close the gap to 34-31 using an 11-2 run.
Rockville freshman Kieran McMullen scored back-to-back baskets and Hannah Flaurr drilled a 3-pointer to narrow the Eels lead to 34-31 after a Dani Wright basket.
But after losing an eight point fourth quarter lead in a loss to Barr-Reeve two three days earlier, the Eels closed in fine fashion versus the Rox.
Whitney McWilliams hit a runner in the lane and drew a foul to add a free to close the third quarter and the Eels continued their own run in the fourth quarter.
Chelsea Riggs, who pulled down 12 rebounds, hit one-of-two free throws and Angie Camp scored on a transition layup to put the Eels back up by a 40-31 score. Sarah Kennedy scored on a putback, part of her eight point night, to cap an 8-0 run for Clay City.
"Chelsea did a nice job on the boards for us and we had girls step up," commented Jones of his squad who was missing starter Kristen Tyler due to a death in the family. "Our defense did a nice job and is playing better. We're still not where I want us to be but we're getting there."
That particular defense Jones spoke of held Rockville to just two-of-19 shooting in the fourth period which gave them just five points in the quarter.
Meanwhile the Eels were able to get their transition game going and Angie Camp was a big part of that, scoring six of her eight points in the fourth period as Clay City outscored the Rox 15-5.
"Angie (Camp) did a nice job," said Jones. "She's so quick. She gets up and down the floor and plays nice defense."
Whitney McWilliams sank all four of her free throws in the last quarter as part of her 16 point evening and Kennedy had eight rebounds in the contest for the Eels who are now 2-2 overall.
Clay City will take on White River Valley on November 28 beginning with a 6 p.m. junior varsity game.
Clay City 52, Rockville 36