Times Staff Reporter
The Clay City Eels followed an impressive win with a lopsided defeat Wednesday, losing to North Vermillion in the second round of the Eagle Holiday Classic by a 61-43 count.
The Falcons dominated the first quarter of play, as Clay City, less than an hour removed from a nine-point win over South Putnam, struggled to contain the Falcons balanced offensive attack. All told, seven of the eight players the Falcons dressed scored.
The Eels showed signs of life in the second quarter, closing the half on an 8-0 run, to get within a manageable 33-27 deficit. The run was capped by Abby Reed, who scored off offensive rebounds on back-to-back possessions.
Whatever momentum Clay City took into the locker room didn't accompany them back out onto the floor in the second half, as a fast-paced North Vermillion club went on an 8-0 run of their own to pull away. Despite having to play back-to-back games, Eels coach Chris Ames said exhaustion played no part in his teams defeat.
"There was no fatigue factor at all," Ames said. "They outplayed us. They cut harder and played harder. When that happens, you lose."
Ames specifically attributed the defeat to a string of 19 possessions in both the first and third quarter, when the Falcons were able to put 38 points on the board.
As she did in the previous game, Carmela Roeschlein led Clay City in scoring with 17 points. Brielle Drelick added seven, while Kelly McCullough brought down eight rebounds.
With the loss, Clay City pulled even at 6-6 on the season. As was the case following their first game Wednesday morning, Ames stressed his team needed to play with greater consistency, But despite the loss, he said he saw several things he and his players can build on, which would hopefully lead to steadier degrees of success.
"We got down, put we played hard and did everything we could to get back into the game," Ames said. "To me that's progress."
Clay City returns to action on Monday when they travel to Cloverdale.
Eagle Holiday Classic
At South Putnam
Clay City (43)
Roeschlein 5 5-5 17, Drelick 3 1-2 8, Reed 2 0-0 4, Miller 1 0-2 2, Gossage 0 2-2 2, McCullough 1 3-4 5, Booe 2 1-2 5. Totals: 14 12-17 43.
North Vermillion (61)
Chew 2 2-2 6, Turchi 3 2-2 9, Lively 9 1-4 19, C. West 1 2-4 4, K. West 4 0-0 9, Kinneer 1 0-1 2, Martin 6 0-1 12. Totals: 26 7-14 61.
3-point field goals -- CC 3-12 (Roeschlein 2-6, Drelick 1-1, Milner 0-1, Reed 0-1, Miller 0-3), NV 2-6 (Turchi 1-2, West 1-2, Kinneer 0-1). Total Rebounds -- CC 26 (McCullough 8, Drelick 6), NV -- 23 (C. West 5, K. West and Martin 4). Team Fouls -- CC 14, NV 10. Turnovers -- CC 17, NV 10.