Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- Owning the boards in a high school basketball game and hitting 70 percent of their free throws were enough to lead Clay City to a 57-42 girls' basketball win over visiting Riverton Parke on Thursday night.
Clay City outrebounded the Panthers, 47-33 and hit 19-of-27 from the charity stripe to improve to 3-2 on the young season..
For the first 10 minutes of the game against Riverton Parke, Clay City's Britney Glass might as well have had the title to the Panthers in her possession.
Because the 5'11 junior forward flat out owned the Panthers.
Glass hit all six of her shots from the field and grabbed six rebounds leading the Eels to a double-digit lead, 20-10 early in the second quarter.
"We made it a point of emphasis," said Clay City coach Keith Jones of getting the ball to the post. "Britney did a nice job in there. The last two games she has. It just happened tonight that she got some good shots inside."
The trouble is, that Glass picked up her second foul and sat the remainder of the first half.
The Panthers went to senior Chelsey Riggen, who scored a 3-pointer and a two point fieldgoal on the second quarter, but the Eels continued to extend their lead.
The Eels' Angie Camp got aggressive, driving to the hoop for six points and four rebounds to keep Clay City rolling.
Defense also helped the Eels keep Riverton Parke at bay, holding the Panthers to just 3-of-13 fieldgoals in the quarter.
Leading 28-17 at halftime, the Eels went right back to Glass for a three-point play to start the quarter and added two free throws after two from Mardi Steiner pushed the lead to 35-21.
The lead would get as large as 15 points before the Panthers made a run at Clay City, again with Glass on the bench with four fouls.
A free throw apiece from Whitney Mathas and Riggen followed by a drive from Riggen narrowed the lead to 10 points at 35-25.
Riverton Parke would eventually get as close as 40-31 after a score by Riggen off a Clay City turnover.
The Eels were briefly reeling with five turnovers in a short span of the fourth period, but Clay City's Steiner, a senior guard, hit a runner in the lane and Glass scored off a lob pass to the post from Steiner.
A Panther turnover followed on the ensuing possession an dGlass made them pay with two more free throws and a 46-33 lead with just 3:06 left.
Emily Reed scored in the lane for two of her seven points and the Eels hit 11-of-14 free throws in the final period to keep the Panthers at a distance.
"We did a pretty good job with our free throws," mentioned Jones. "We're getting better and more successful getting to the line."
The Eels, who got 21 points from Glass along with nine rebounds, also got nine from Camp, eight from Steiner and seven from Reed.
"We're making some strides," said Jones of his Eels. "This is a team that I think has the potential to be pretty good."
The Clay City JV dropped a 46-32 decision despite 14 from Haley Bryan, including four 3-pointers and Lindsey Hughbanks added six points.
The Eels will face Turkey Run on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
At Clay City
Riverton Parke (42)
Mathas 0-8 3-4 3, Gossett 1-7 2-3 4, Edington 0-3 0-0 0, Wheeler 5-14 4-8 15, Riggen 6-19 4-6 18, Haltom 0-0 0-0 0, Byers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 13-53 13-21 42.
Clay City (57)
Glass 8-11 5-7 21, Reed 3-11 1-2 7, Steiner 1-8 6-6 8, Farmer 3-7 0-0 6, Camp 3-12 3-6 9, Targett 1-6 4-6 6. Totals: 19-55 19-27 57.
3-point fieldgoals -- RP 3-12 (Wheeler 1-3, Riggen 1-9), CC 0-3 (Reed 0-3). Total Rebounds -- RP 33 (Wheeler 8, Riggen 5), CC 47 (Targett 11, Glass 9, Reed 7). Total Fouls -- RP 21, CC 17. Fouled out -- RP (Gossett), CC (Glass). Turnovers -- RP 21, CC 22.