By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The last time Clay City fans had an opportunity to see their Eels play on their home court was more than a month ago.
The Eels made the most of their return to the friendly confines by dominating the first and third quarters on the way to a 67-28 win over visiting Cloverdale.
"We haven't won in awhile and it's nice to play a home game and to feel better about ourselves at least for a day," Clay City coach Chris Ames said.
The Eels had plenty to feel good about in a first quarter that saw Clay City force 10 Clover turnovers and hold the visitors scoreless in taking a 12-0 lead.
"They are a real physical team," Cloverdale coach James Wade said of the Eels. "There was a lot of contact out top and it was hard for us to get into our offense."
That contact led to some early foul trouble for the Eels, who were forced out of the man-to-man defense that had built the lead.
Cloverdale responded in the second quarter with 3-pointers from Kristin McCammon and Kayla Shepherd to get within 14 points at halftime, 27-13.
Clay City went back to the pressure defense, forcing eight turnovers in the quarter and ran off 23 consecutive points.
Britney Glass, held to just two points in the first half, scored six points in the third quarter and grabbed four of her eight rebound to spark Clay City.
After Brielle Drelick scored and Glass added four points to push the lead to 35-15, senior Devyn Bridgewater took over.
Coming off the bench, Bridgewater scored nine of her 18 points in the quarter and led the Eels' dominance on the boards. The 5'10 forward hauled in nine of her 16 rebounds after halftime.
"We challenged our seniors to outrebound the freshmen," Ames said. "I told Devyn not to settle for outside shots and to rebound. Both Britney and Devyn flew around and got rebounds tonight."
Carmela Roeschlein scored 12 of her 15 points after the first quarter and slashed to the hoop to hit 70 percent (7-of-10) from the field in the game.
Kelly McCullough made herself a presence in the first half with her aggressive play around the basket and even bounced back after taking an elbow to the head in the second half to finish with eight points and seven boards.
All told, five different Eels had eight or more points in the victory.
"I hope that this keeps them buying into the new system," Ames said. "With wins, it fuels the fire."
In the JV game, Clay City got eight points from Shaya Stevenson, seven from Haley Bryan, four from Michaela Riggs, two from Abby Reed and one from Carli Jo Milner to rally for a 22-20 victory.
The Eels (5-7 overall) hosts Class 3A No. 11 Owen Valley on Monday night.
At Clay City
Franklin 1-6 2-2 4, Shepherd 1-7 1-4 4, McCallie 0-2 0-0 0, K.McCammon 1-11 3-4 6, Rightmyer 1-3 1-3 3, Byrd 1-4 0-2 2, Anderson 1-1 3-6 5, Cheatham 0-1 0-0 0, H. McCammon 1-5 0-1 3, Fulkerson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 7-40 11-24 28.
Clay City (67)
Roeschlein 7-10 0-2 15, Drelick 4-19 0-2 8, Glass 5-6 2-3 12, A.Miller 1-2 0-0 2, McCullough 2-9 4-6 8, Reed 0-2 0-0 0, S.Miller 0-3 0-1 0, Bridgewater 7-13 3-9 18, Michaela Riggs 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 28-66 9-23 67.
3-point fieldgoals -- Cl 3-12 (K.McCammon 1-7, H.McCammon 1-2, McCallie 0-1, Shepherd 1-2), CC 2-8 (Bridgewater 1-2, Roeschlein 1-3, Drelick 0-2, McCullough 0-1). Total Rebounds -- CL 26 (Shepherd 5), CC 48 (Bridgewater 16, Glass 8, McCullough 7). Total Fouls -- Cl 18, CC 24. Fouled out -- Cl (Franklin), CC (Drelick). Turnovers -- Cl 27, CC 19.