By STEVEN PENN
Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- It was all Clay City from the opening tip, Friday night, as the Eels defeated Eminence for the sixth straight time, 78-35.
The scoring started early, with Clay City jumping out to an early 8-0 lead, a lead that was never relinquished.
Coach Chris Ames said the game plan was to come out swinging.
"We really wanted to see if we could come out and turn up the pressure a little bit (and) fly around," Ames said. "We don't play a lot of Friday night games and I thought we got off to a really good start, by using our pressure defense, we got some easy baskets that way early."
In the first quarter Brielle Drelick, led all scorers with eight, while Madison Booe and Carmela Roeschlein had seven each, pushing Clay City's early lead to 30-6 by the end of the quarter.
The scoring dropped off slightly in the second quarter as both defenses tightened up.
Clay City also continued to play strong defense with Roeschlien, Drelick, Wolfe, and Michaela Riggs all recording a steal.
After two solid quarters of play, Clay City found themselves up 44-15, when the halftime buzzer blew.
Roeschlein knocked down two 3-pointers, on her way to 13 in the quarter and 28 in the game.
As the third quarter ended Clay City had pushed its lead to 64-27.
In the fourth quarter, Clay City played strong defense and ran clock on offense.
The Clay City defense held Eminence to eight, fourth quarter points, while adding 14 to seal the victory, 78-35.
After the game, Ames said he could pinpoint a few areas where his team needed work.
"Two things we did terrible tonight is, we did not finish tonight at all at the basket and we missed a lot of foul shots and I think that's just not concentrating," Ames said.
On the positive side Ames noted his team protected the ball well.
"Looking at the positives, I only had us at nine turnovers ...when you're trying to push the ball you're going to make some mistakes but I thought that was pretty good only having nine turnovers," Ames said.
Ames noted that his team has an important game coming up next week.
"We have a sectional and a big conference game next week against a very good, talented Shakamak squad and when you're playing girls basketball through the week you have to be ready all the time," Ames said.
At Clay City
Clay City (78)
Roeschlien 10 4-7 28, Drelick 7 4-4 18, Reed 2 1-5 5, Miller 3 2-4 9, Madison 4 1-2 10, Riggs 2 1-4 5, Wolfe 1 0-0 2, Decker 0 1-2 1, Ellinger 0 0-0 0, Truax 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 14-28 78.
Hunter 4 5-10 13, Feutz 1 0-0 2, Moore 0 2-2 2, Campbell 5 0-0 10, Gore 0 0-0 0, Sebesta 0 0-0 0, Wood 1 1-5 4, Stierwalt 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 8-17 35.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 6 (Roeschlein 4, Miller 1, Booe 1) Em 1 (Wood 1) Leading Rebounder-- CC Roeschlein 7, Total Fouls--CC 18, Em 15.