- Eels win fourth straight game
By CAREY FOX
CLAY CITY -- In practice, the Clay City Eels have worked on a box-and-1 defense according to head coach Keith Jones, but had never actually seen one yet in a game. On Monday, that all changed, but to no avail for the visiting Vincennes Rivet Patriots.
It took just one quarter for the Eels to figure out how to attack the defense and from there Clay City exploded to take control of a 60-21 victory.
"We just picked it up defensively," commented Jones. "(The girls) decided it was time to pick it up and they did. It made a big difference. That was a good win."
The Eels honored senior Whitney McWilliams before the game for scoring her 1,000th career point on Saturday in a win against Turkey Run. While she didn't score in the first quarter, she made up for it in a two minute span to open the second quarter.
Clay City shot a horrendous two-for-15 from the field in the first quarter, but the Eels turned up the defensive pressure over the first few minutes of the second quarter.
McWilliams scored on a drive through traffic to open the period and the Eels trapping defense got three consecutive steals and earned three straight layups. On the following trip down the court, McWilliams nailed a 3-pointer for her 11th point over just a two minute span. The Eels would take a 22-8 lead at the 4:31 mark to force a Vincennes Rivet timeout.
"We just exploded there," said Jones. "Its the first box-and-one we've faced but once we adjusted they had problems. Their bread and butter is their press and they couldn't press us. I'm pleased we were able to handle it."
The Eels hit 12-of-16 shots in the second quarter as they took a 33-10 lead over the Patriots. Sarah Kennedy scored four of her 15 in the quarter and Ashley Collins contributed another four as five different Eels scored in the quarter.
Clay City cooled off after halftime, scoring just nine in the period, but the Patriots were held to only four points themselves. The Eels' defense stymied Rivet throughout the game, holding them to a chilly 21 percent (9-of-42) shooting night from the field.
Meanwhile, McWilliams finished off a 22 point evening with eight points in the final period and Clay City placed eight players in the scoring column.
The victory sends the Eels into a critical stretch of three consecutive conference games on a four game-winning streak with a Thursday home game against Linton at 6 p.m.
Vincennes Rivet (22)
Frederick 3-17 1-2 7, Stafford 2-7 0-0 4, Kavanaugh 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 2-9 2-4 7, Irvin 0-1 0-0 0, Goodwin 0-4 0-0 0, Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Theriac 2-3 0-0 4, Sievers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 9-42 3-6 22.
Clay City (60)
McWilliams 9-19 1-1 22, Collins 3-6 0-0 6, Gerber 2-5 0-0 4, Tyler 2-6 0-0 4, Kennedy 7-10 1-2 15, Riggs 1-1 0-0 2, Steiner 1-6 0-0 3, Reed 0-2 0-0 0, Camp 2-2 0-0 4, Glass 0-0 0-0 0, Chinoah 0-0 0-0 0, Withrow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-58 2-3 60.
3-point fieldgoals -- VR 1-3 (Jones 1-2, Irvin 0-1), CC 4-10 (McWilliams 3-7, Steiner 1-3). Total Rebounds -- VR 32 (Frederick 8), Clay City 31 (Kennedy 7, McWilliams 5). Total Fouls -- VR 7, Clay City 13. Turnovers -- VR 27, CC 11.