Times Sports Editor
CLAY CITY -- Just a week removed from a meeting at the Toby Yoho Classic tourney held at Eastern Greene High School, Clay City and Cloverdale tangled in round two on Monday evening.
The Eels came away with a 47-23 win on Dec. 29 and Clay City got rolling early behind a 14-point first quarter from Carmela Roeschlein, who missed the first game with an ankle injury. However it was a huge night from Brielle Drelick and the Eels' pressure defense that led Clay City to a 67-31 victory.
"We've been working a lot the last couple of days, because we saw (at Eastern Greene) some of our weaknesses. We saw that when (jumpers) are going in it makes things a lot easier," Clay City coach Chris Ames joked. "We had some girls step up and make some big shots. Madison Booe got us going with an early jumper and that gave everyone some confidence. Several girls stepped up and hit some jumpers. Allie Miller, Brielle (Drelick) and Carmela (Roeschlein) hit theirs and it's a lot of fun at times to watch."
Clay City turned Cloverdale over eight times in the opening eight minutes, which led to a 20-5 lead by the Eels.
"Looking at our stats, we had 20 steals tonight and Brielle had eight and if you can get transition baskets it just keeps feeding the fire so to speak," Ames said. "It gives a lot of energy to everybody and everyone is flying around a lot harder."
Turnovers have been a thorn in Cloverdale's size all season and Clay City's pressure caused all sorts of problems for the Clovers, who fell behind 20-5 after the opening period due to eight turnovers in the quarter.
"Our number one problem is we really have trouble scoring," Cloverdale coach Tom Anderson said. "We're not a very good shooting team, then we just made way too many turnovers. It's just bad decisions on passes, the old saying, 'be quick, but don't hurry,' well, we hurry. We catch the ball and the first green jersey we saw, we threw it whether they were open or not. We talk about it constantly, we never pass fake to where we can move the defense and go to the open person. It's just turn and chuck."
The Eels turned those turnovers into 16 shot attempts over the opening eight minutes as Roeschlein tallied 14 of her 22 points in the period.
Roeschlein, who missed the first game due to an ankle injury, helped spark the full court pressure and Ames was glad to see her back in the lineup.
"It was nice to have her out there," Ames said. "We've had some injuries, Allie Miller missed a week or two and it makes it difficult, but it gives other people a chance to play. She had a big first quarter and it got everybody started."
With a comfortable lead, the Eels continued to roll in the second quarter as Drelick got hot and had a eight-of-nine shooting performance over the middle two periods on the way to a 27-point game.
"Brielle Drelick was just amazing tonight," Ames said. "We've been trying to get her to the basket and that opens up the outside game for her. We had her for 11-of-16 from the field, six boards, two assists, eight steals, one block and five-of-six from the line."
The lead grew to 34-17 at halftime and the Eels hit six-of-11 from the field in the third quarter, which helped Clay City to an 18-10 advantage in the quarter.
The Eels didn't slip on defense down the stretch despite making substitutions down the stretch. Clay City held the Clovers to a one-of-seven shooting performance in the fourth quarter.
Clay City is now 9-6 overall and host Anderson's former team, Owen Valley, on Monday night.
At Clay City
Clay City (67)
Roeschlein 6-17 7-8 22, Drelick 11-15 5-6 27, Reed 1-2 2-2 4, Miller 3-4 0-0 8, Booe 2-6 0-0 4, Dayhuff 0-0 0-0 0, Gossage 0-2 0-0 0, Riggs 1-3 0-0 2, Durga 0-0 0-0 0, Decker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-50 14-17 67.
Gruener 3-14 3-5 9, Nally 3-8 0-0 6, Sinks 0-0 1-2 1, Shrum 2-4 3-5 7, Skiles 2-10 0-0 6, Fulkerson 1-1 0-1 2, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Dean 0-1 0-0 0, Woodworth 0-0 0-0 0, Walters 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-38 7-13 31.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 5-13 (Roeschlein 3-7, Miller 2-3, Booe 0-1, Gossage 0-1, Reed 0-1), CL 2-14 (Gruener 0-5, Skiles 2-8, Dean 0-1). Total Rebounds -- CC 36 (Drelick 10, Roeschlein 8), CL 27 (Shrum 10, Sinks 5). Total Fouls -- CC 13, CL 13. Turnovers -- CC 18, CL 25.