MARSHALL, Ind. -- The Clay City Lady Eels were overmatched Saturday, falling 63-36 on the road against a tough Turkey Run team.
The Warriors took the sting out of the Eels early. A tough first quarter saw Clay City unable to handle relentless Turkey Run defensive pressure, and ended with them facing a 20-3 deficit, which they were never able to recover from. Head coach Chris Ames said his team was prepared for the full-court press, they simply did not execute in an effective manner.
"We just panicked," Ames said. "When you turn the ball over to good teams, they make you pay."
Turkey Run senior Meghan Doss led the way by scoring 26 points, and spearheaded the defensive effort that resulted in a lofty 28 Clay City turnovers.
The Eels compounded their offensive woes by shooting a mere 32% from the floor. Six players scored for Clay City, but none of them were able to crack double digits.
Senior Devyn Bridgewater was the team's leading scorer with nine, while Carmela Roeschlein and Brielle Drelick added seven and six respectively. Britney Glass led the team with nine rebounds.
The loss dropped Clay City to 4-2 on the season. Things don't get immediately easier, as they travel to take on No. 2 ranked Vincennes Rivet on Monday. This will mark the third game the Eels have played against a ranked opponent in their last four outings. Turkey Run was ranked tenth in Class A.Though the tough stretch could potentially put a dent in his team's record, Ames said he relished the opportunity to play tougher competition.
"We want to play good teams," Ames said. "Playing against good competition gives us a great chance to get better."
Despite the tough loss, Ames said he was pleased with his team thus far in the season. The Eels stand at 4-2 despite playing four freshman players. Ames said he expected to see a great deal of improvement as his team matures and gains additional game experience.
"We've got a learning curve with this team," Ames said. "We've got to get good in a hurry, but as they play together more, we should be ok."
The junior varsity did not fair much better in their game. The Eels fell to 3-3 with a decisive 45-16 loss to the undefeated Turkey Run junior varsity.
Lindsey Hughbanks was the team's leading scorer with six.
In the fourth quarter, freshman Michaela Riggs went down with what coach Rodney Smith called "a high ankle sprain." Riggs was seen walking without noticeable damage after the game and Smith said he expected her to be ready for action on Monday
At Turkey Run
Clay City (36)
Roeschlein 1 5-8 7, Drelick 3 0-0 6, Stevenson 0 0-2 0, Glass 1 3-4 5, Reed 0 0-3 0, A.Miller 2 0-0 5, S.Miller 0 0-0 0, Gossage 0 0-0 0, McCullough 1 2-2 4, Bridgewater 4 0-0 9. Totals: 12 10-19 36.
Turkey Run (63)
Doss 8 9-11 26, M.Francis 0 0-0 0, Hunt 2 4-6 8, Davies 1 2-2 4, C.Francis 4 2-4 10, C.Newnum 2 0-0 5, Cox 0 0-0 0, Hopkins 0 0-0 0, A.Francis 5 0-2 10. Totals: 22 17-23 63.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 2 (A.Miller, Bridgewater), TR (Doss, C.Newnum). Total Fouls -- CC 16, TR 16.
Next game: Clay City (4-2 overall) travels to Vincennes Rivet on Monday evening.