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Third-ranked Cardinals power past Eels

Friday, January 13, 2006

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Bloomfield's Lacy Bowersock shoots over Clay City's Ashley Collins' outstretched arms in Thursday's contest.

CLAY CITY -- Just a year ago the Bloomfield Cardinals won 18 games and advanced all the way to the semistate level before a two point loss. Frighteningly enough, they very well could be a much better team this year.

Unfortunately, the Clay City Eels got an up close and personal look at how good the Class A No. 3 ranked Cardinals are this season in an 80-27 defeat.

The Cardinals pressed and defended the Eels into submission, flashing into the passing lanes and scoring layups off the fast break early and often as they scored 51 points in the middle two quarters to put the game away.

"They absolutely just get in the passing lanes," said coach Keith Jones of the Cardinals. "That's the best halfcourt defense we've seen all year and they shoot the ball well."

That's probably an understatement considering the Cardinals forced 14 first half turnovers and shot 59 percent (16-of-27) from the field in the first half.

Junior Jessica Stout scored 17 of her 23 points in the first half, mainly by dominating play in the paint. The Cardinals guard play, sparked by Lacy Bowersock and Abby Gilliland, keyed the inside game.

Gilliland hit all three of her 3-pointers in the game, extending the Eels defense and the pair drove the ball and dished inside to Brooke Myers and Stout.

Bowersock, a sophomore, hit eight-of-11 shots from the field on her way to 17 points and the Cardinals powered their way to a 39-8 halftime advantage.

The Cardinals wouldn't let up in the third quarter, scoring 26 points paced by 10 from Gilliland and six from Bowersock.

"We allowed their defense to not allow us to get into our offense," said Jones of the Cardinals. "They're just a good ballclub."

Chelsee Gerber scored six points for the Eels who were led in scoring by Whitney McWilliams' 11 points and Angie Camp added six rebounds to lead the team.

In the junior varsity contest, the Eels got seven points from Chinoah Pennington and six from Lydia Farmer. Emily Reed added five for Clay City but it wasn't enough in a 29-25 defeat that dropped the JV team to 8-4.

The Eels (7-7 overall, 3-2 SWIAC) will travel to North Daviess on Monday for a SWIAC matchup beginning at 6 p.m.

Bloomfield 80, Clay City 27

At Clay City

Bloomfield (80)

Gilliland 7-9 0-0 17, Fuller 1-4 0-0 2, Stout 10-16 2-2 23, Veatch 1-4 1-2 3, Fuller 1-4 0-0 2, Bowersock 8-11 0-0 17, Cochran 2-3 0-0 4, Brooke Myers 4-5 1-6 9, Brittany Myers 0-1 1-2 1, Thombleson 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Dallmeier 0-0 0-0 0, Patten 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 34-54 7-14 80.

Clay City (27)

McWilliams 5-14 0-0 11, Gerber 1-5 4-4 6, Riggs 2-3 0-0 4, Tyler 1-2 1-2 3, Kennedy 1-6 0-0 2, Collins 0-3 0-0 0, Steiner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-39 4-10 27.

Bloomfield14252615-- 80
Clay City44811-- 27

3-point fieldgoals -- BL 5-7 (Gilliland 3-3, Bowersock 1-3, Stout 1-1), CC 1-8 (McWilliams 1-7, Steiner 0-1). Total Rebounds -- BL 28 (Stout 10, Myers 7), CC 22 (Camp 6). Total Fouls -- BL 10, CC 11. Turnovers -- BL 9, CC 20.

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