Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City girl's basketball team won its third consecutive contest against the Shakamak Lakers on Tuesday night, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and cruising to a 60-37 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win.
There wasn't much continuity in the game as officials whistled 22 fouls over the opening two quarters. However, the Eels got off to a strong start over the course of the opening period, forcing nine turnovers by the Lakers.
The Eels got seven points in that quarter by junior Brielle Drelick and a pair of buckets by Madison Booe to go with a 3-pointer from Allie Miller. Clay City opened up a 16-6 lead after one quarter as Shakamak hit just three-of-seven from the field and missed all three free throw attempts.
Shaky shooting was a theme for both teams in the game, but for the Lakers, there wasn't much margin for error as they committed 31 turnovers in the game. Meanwhile, Clay City came out strong over the course of that first eight minutes, but the ragged play caused Eels' coach Chris Ames to take a timeout despite the lead.
"We had to call timeout and try and get them back focused again," Ames said of his team. "We just had trouble, again, if you don't communicate and you don't rebound and don't move your feet defensively, you're not going to be good. Once they did, we played a really nice, last five minutes."
Shakamak did rebound the ball well and after trailing 31-15 at halftime, it was their second chance opportunities that helped them narrow the lead.
Kelsey Pilant scored to open the second half for the Lakers and a pair of free throws by Jade Gambill got Shakamak within 31-17. The lead remained at 37-22 after the Eels' Brielle Drelick answered a Gambill 3-pointer with a score off a turnover. However, a pair of missed free throws by the Eels led to a 6-2 run by Shakamak.
Lacey Gilbert sandwiched a turnaround jumper around a pair of scores by Gambill to get Shakamak within 39-28 with time winding down in the quarter.
However, the Eels' Abby Reed nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that seemed to squash any momentum that Shakamak had left.
With a 42-28 advantage heading into the final quarter, the Eels continued to get scoring output from a variety of players.
Carmela Roeschlein sank a 3-pointer as part of her 14-point game and Madison Booe added a free throw to cap her 11-point effort.
"Madison Booe is new to the lineup and even that one person makes it different. So we haven't had a very good rhythm the first three games," Ames said. "We're just trying to get those five playing a little bit better together.
"I'll tell you, our bench has been excellent. Our bench has been so good for three games, they've gotten some good minutes," Ames added. "The (Michaela) Riggs girls, the (Callie) Dayhuff girl and the (Danielle) Gossage girl, played very well off the bench for us."
The Eels ended up with nine points off the bench as Callie Dayhuff had seven points and Michaela Riggs posted two while playing solid minutes in the paint for Clay City.
Clay City extended its lead to 49-33 after Allie Miller nailed her second 3-pointer, which sparked a 14-4 run to end the game.
Drelick scored 13 for the Eels and led the team with seven rebounds and Roeschlein added five boards in the win. Reed scored seven points for Clay City and Miller had six.
The Eels' junior varsity also came away with a win, 27-20, as Alex Wolfe and Kaleigh Decker each had six points. Danielle Gossage had five and both Claire Miller and Dayhuff had four.
The Eels varsity is now 2-1 overall, 1-0 SWIAC and face Rockville at home on Nov. 22.
At Clay City
Clay City (60)
Roeschlein 5-15 2-3 14, Drelick 3-12 7-10 13, Reed 2-7 2-2 7, A.Miller 2-3 0-0 6, Booe 3-9 4-6 11, Dayhuff 3-3 0-2 7, Riggs 0-3 2-3 2, Gossage 0-1 0-0 0, C.Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0, Truax 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-53 17-27 60.
Gambill 6-14 2-2 16, Gilbert 1-2 1-4 3, Martin 0-2 2-2 2, Beck 1-2 2-4 4, Pilant 4-11 1-5 9, Turner 0-5 1-6 1, Fulford 0-1 2-2 2, Phipps 0-3 0-0 0, Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Bredeweg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-40 11-27 37.
3-point fieldgoals -- Sh 2-5 (Gambill 2-5), CC 7-15 (Roeschlein 2-5, A.Miller 2-3, Dayhuff 1-1, Reed 1-3, Booe 1-3). Total Rebounds -- Sh 42 (Turner 10, Pilant 9), CC 32 (Drelick 7, Roeschlein 5). Total Fouls -- Sh 21, CC 20. Turnovers -- Sh 31, CC 17.