By Steve Fields
For the Brazil Times
EMINENCE -- Any thoughts the Clay City Eels may have had about this season being easier after winning a sectional last year came to an end Friday night, according to coach Chris Ames.
Clay City needed a NBA length three-pointer from Carmela Roeschlein and some big contributions off the bench from Callie Dayhuff and Michaela Riggs to pull out a 58-53 overtime victory over the Eminence Eels Friday.
"It was nice to get a win, coming up here on Friday night. (Eminence) Coach (Dave) Dorsett had his girls ready to play. From the tip, they had a great game plan against us. They executed so well. To be truthful, they outplayed us. They outplayed us from the tip to the end. We were able to get a break here or there and escape with a victory," Clay City coach Chris Ames said.
Roeschlein led all scorers with 26 points on 8-of-27 shooting from the floor, including 5-15 from behind the 3-point line. Roeschlein also had six rebounds and two steals.
"We preach to our girls everyone has to be a (scoring) threat and (Roeschlein) hit a big three there at the end of regulation and it was a great shot. The thing is, she didn't force any shots. They were pretty good looks that she took most of the night," Ames said.
Escape from Eminence is a good description of the situation for Clay City. Both teams were in foul trouble all night, but because of a shallow bench, Eminence's starters had to play through the problem. Coach Ames tried to protect starters Brielle Drelick and Allie Miller, but both fouled out -- before overtime -- and Roeschlein became the Eels' offense.
"I told the girls Callie Dayhuff (two steals) and Michaela Riggs (one steal) were just huge for us tonight," Ames said.
Dayhuff didn't score, but had two steals and played in all four quarters. Riggs scored the game-tying basket in overtime, pulled down eight rebounds and had two steals.
"(Dayhuff and Riggs) coming off the bench (played) huge minutes, didn't hurt us, played great defense, rebounded the basketball. (They) made some big plays at the end of the game. Without them in that overtime we would have been in trouble," Ames said.
Eminence scored the first eight points of the game, but Clay City closed the opening quarter with a 15-6 run over the final 3:11 to lead 15-14 going into the second period. Clay City built a 30-23 halftime lead with five different players scoring in the second quarter.
The visiting Eels took a 32-23 lead early in the third quarter, but when Drelick went to the bench with four fouls, Eminence rallied to within one, 39-38, going into the fourth period.
There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter. Roeschlein hit the game-tying three with 48 seconds left in regulation play and that sent the contest into overtime.
Eminence scored first, but Clay City 's Riggs tied the contest for the last time at 52-52. With just over two minutes left in the four-minute extended period, Roeschlein hit a three that put Clay City ahead for good, 55-52. Abby Reed, who was 6-for-8 at the free throw line, hit two free throws to ice the game.
Clay City (1-1) will host Shakamak on Tuesday.
Clay City's JV earned a 39-18 win over Eminence. Claire Miller paced the Eels with 10 points.
Clay City (58) -- Drelick 3-5 0-0 7, Booe 3-6 2-3 8, Miller 2-7 1-2 5, Reed 2-5 6-8 10, Roeschlein 8-27 5-7 26, Riggs 1-2 0-0 2, Dayhuff 0-1 0-0 0, Gossage 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 190-53 FG, 14-18 FT, 58 TP.
Eminence (53) -- Hunter 6-12 2-6 14, Campbell 7-16 5-8 20, Gore 0-2 0-02 0, Feutz 0-2 0-1 0, Merrick 3-11 13-14 19, Nugent 0-0 0-2 0, Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0. Total 16-43 FG, 20-33 FT, 53 TP.
3-Pt. Goals: CC 6-23 (Roeschlein 5-15, Drelick 1-2, Booe 0-2, Miller 0-2, Reed 0-2), Em 1-5 (Campbell 1-3, Merrick 0-2). Total fouls: CC 25, Em 22. Fouled out: Drelick, Miller, Hunter, Campbell. Turnovers: CC 20, Em. 13. Rebounds: CC 39 (Riggs 8, Booe 7), Em. 30 (Hunter 11).
JV game: Clay City 39, Eminence 18.
Next game: -- Clay City (1-1) will host Shakamak on Tuesday.