Times Sports Editor
ROCKVILLE -- The Clay City Eels used constant ball pressure, forcing 32 Rockville turnovers and placed three players in double-figures in avenging one of their regular season losses last year with a 67-25 road win on Monday.
The Eels harassed Rockville ball handlers throughout the contest as senior Carmela Roeschlein had 12 steals, teaming with Abby Reed and Callie Dayhuff to chase the Rox point guards all night long. The result was that Rockville struggled to find any sort of rhythm on the offensive end and the Eels scored numerous lay-ups in cruising to the victory.
"At times we didn't move our feet as well as we wanted, but we did cause enough pressure on them that (Rockville) had some issues with it," Clay City coach Chris Ames said. "With Allie (Miller) having a career high 21 points, it's not a surprise, she's been playing well. Any night we can have three or four girls in double-figures, that's what we're trying to become, a good team that's hard to guard at every spot."
Miller provided the Eels with a go-to player in the paint on several cuts to the hoops and she got several offensive rebounds to score quickly. In total, Miller tallied 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and added seven boards.
Clay City got rolling early with their pressure, outscoring Rockville 15-4 in the opening quarter as the host team also got into foul trouble early. The Eels were in the bonus 2:19 left in the opening period before the fouls began to even out. After the opening eight minutes there were 14 total fouls whistled between the two teams.
However, with a 33-14 lead at halftime, led by 14, first half points from Brielle Drelick, the Eels were up front comfortably.
After the break, Clay City continued to spread the offensive wealth as the defense forced 11 turnovers in the third period, which led to Roeschlein ringing up 13 of her 18 points in the game.
"One of our big highlights tonight was just sharing the basketball," Ames said. "I thought Michaela Riggs came in and got us a lot of rebounds, a couple of put backs and that's what we need out of her. She was flying around and was a lot of fun to watch as well."
Clay City's turnover defense enabled the Eels to take 28 more shots than Rockville, which shot just 24-percent (8-of-34) from the field.
Drelick led the Eels with eight rebounds and added 17 points with Riggs tallying. Reed added seven points for Clay City.
"(Rockville) is not very big, but they play extremely hard," Ames said. "I have to give them credit. They had an injury tonight, they had a girl that wasn't playing. We had girls in position on the weak side to get a rebound and get a chance to score. We finished tonight and some games this year we haven't done that."
The junior varsity Eels also gained a win led by Logan Ellinger's 12 points in a 37-20 victory. Mahayle Durga posted 10 points, Alex Wolfe tallied five, Emmie Kittle and Claire Miller each had four points and Kylee Truax had two.
The Eels (3-1 overall) are back in action for a conference match-up at White River Valley on Nov. 28.
Clay City (67)
Roeschlein 7-18 3-7 18, Drelick 6-12 4-6 17, Reed 3-8 1-3 7, Miller 8-17 3-4 21, Booe 0-1 0-0 0, Dayhuff 0-5 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 0-0 0, Riggs 2-4 0-0 4, Decker 0-0 0-0 0, Durga 0-0 0-0 0, Ellinger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-62 11-20 67.
Carrington 1-4 4-8 6, Lee 6-11 2-2 14, Tucker 0-1 0-0 0, Donovan 0-3 0-0 0, Snodgrass 1-5 2-2 4, M. Gordon 0-4 0-1 0, Overpeck 0-1 0-0 0, Bullington 0-1 0-0, M. Shaffer 0-3 0-0 0, Lear 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 8-34 9-15 25.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 4-12 (Roeschlein 1-5, Drelick 1-2, Miller 2-4, Reed 0-1), Rv 0-6 (Shaffer 0-3, Bullington 0-1, Lee 0-1, Snodgrass 0-1). Rebounds -- CC 26 (Drelick 8, Miller 7, Riggs 6), Rv 32 (Carrington 11, Gordon 5). Team Rebounds -- CC 3, Rv 5. Total Fouls -- CC 18, Rv 14. Fouled out -- Rv (Snodgrass). Turnovers -- CC 7, Rv 32.